Tuesday, October 22, 2019


This workshop will explore alternative, signature mark-making techniques and approaches using altered, repurposed and custom tools in graphite and charcoal. Topics will include turning graphite powder into acrylic paint and applying it to the surface in intriguing ways, employing handmade eraser templates, custom printmaking plates and stencils to create unique textures, using water-soluble graphite to create unexpected results, applying resists and dissolves to activate the drawing surface, uilizing collage techniques and working on a textured ground. Both additive and subtractive processes will be investigated, providing an extensive array of visually-stimulating possibilities for artists to explore.

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Note: Many supplies are optional and not required but will be demonstrated by the instructor. For the first class, graphite and charcoal pencils, powdered graphite, gesso primed surface(s), acrylic ulta matte medium, glue, brushes, paper, spray bottle, palette, water container. If you have more from the list, bring them! Feel free to email lisa@cyrstudio.com, if you have any questions.

Looking forward to a great workshop!

Graphite Pencils (range: hard, medium and soft)

Charcoal Pencils (range: hard, medium and soft)

Charcoal Stick (hard)

Graphite Stick

Powdered Graphite (small container)

Watersoluable Graphite Stick

Kneaded Eraser

Acrylic ULTRA Matte Medium - Liquitex

Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (or regular PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do for practice studies but not archival)

Gesso: white - prefer Dick Blick Professional gesso (thick) but any gesso will do

Synthetic Brushes: (at least a small round, flat (large and medium size) and a fan brush - bring more brushes if you have them)

Chamois Cloth

Painting knife: wide flat tip

Embossing Stylus (optional)

Plastic Palette (or several cleaned meat and egg containers)

Natural and Synthetic sponges (optional)


Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle

Wooden Stick or back of paint brush: sharpened at tip

Old Toothbrush

Hair Dryer (there will be one available in class but you would be sharing it/wait times)

Illustration Board (gesso primed) cut into panels EIGHT 8“ x 10” approx. You can also use cardboard or any hard surface if you just want to experiment (not archival). Bring scrap board if you have it.

Legion Yupo Heavyweight Watercolor Paper Pad - 9'' x 12'', 10 Sheets

White Tissue Paper


Two Containers for Water: large yogurt containers or coffee cans work well (nothing too small or shallow)

Printed Ephemera (newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, wallpaper scraps, old letters, sewing pattern tissue, doily paper, etc. Bring as much as you can!)

Plastic Grocery Bags

Paper Towels and Soap (suggest for quick clean up, as some facilities can run out)

Cotton Swabs (cheap brand works better)

Painter’s tape: 1”

Wax Paper

Spray Bottle (small mist spayer)

Craft Knife: with new blades

Metal Ruler

NOTE: You can put liquid mediums in small travel bottles and pastes in small plastic containers that you can get at the dollar store or drug store.

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