The Painting With Your Muse Member’s page opens March 30th 2014


I am so excited that you and your Muse will be joining me for  Painting With Your Muse on March 30th!  You should have already received a list of the supplies needed for the e-course (they are also listed below) – feel free to ask me any questions about the supplies.

Also, I have made up badges for those of you who would like to show that you are taking part in this e-course on your blog or webpage.

Below I have included the html for 2  different badges, just copy and paste the html into your blog/website for the images and links to show up.  Please feel free to post a badge on your bog if it calls to you.  I would be most honored!  They are pictured below in the same order.

You are also welcome to join my Affiliate program where you have an opportunity to make some commissions on every course sign-up through your special links.  Click HERE to find out more about the Drawing The Self Out Affiliates.

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Painting with Your Muse  Supply list:

Journals for the expressive arts exercises:

A small to medium sized blank sketchbook that has  60 pages( or more)  in it (you will be using full spread of page when open)

An inexpensive lined paper notebook for journaling in separately from the sketchbook.


A good quality Liquid Tempera Paint. I use Chroma Temp here in Canada, I have heard that Utrecht is of similar quality, which can be purchased in the USA.

If you already have Tempera paints and are on a budget then use these if you like.  However, depending on the quality of the paint you will get different results in terms of colour and texture.  Avoid the very cheap children’s paint you often find in dollar stores. If you have acrylic and prefer to use those then by all means do (just beware, you may be using a lot of paint). The reason I suggest tempera paint is that it is very affordable, so you are less likely to be inhibited for fear of “wasting” it. This way you can experiment and let loose with your painting.  You will need to have on hand minimally the primary colours: red, blue, yellow (which can be used to mix secondary colours orange, purple, green) as well as  black and white for lightening your colours.  But since it is so affordable why not get turquoise, orange, brown green violet magenta, and save yourself the trouble of trying to mix these colours yourself.


A heavy weight paper such as Vellum Bristol 80 pound weight.  The weight is important to sustain the paint.   The size should be minimally 18”by 24” or if you find paper that is 20” by 26” or 24” by 36 or thereabouts that would work too.

As you work on your painting you may make it bigger by taping on more paper on any side of your painting.  It can grow as big as you feel is necessary for your painting to be complete.


Several brushes in different sizes to accommodate different strokes.

Watercolour brushes work well for this when using tempera.  I suggest you have a variety of sizes including 0 for small details, size 8 and size 14.  You may wish to have a few of the same sizes so that you can use them for different colours without having to be so careful about washing in-between.  If you use the same brush for a different colour make sure you rinse it well as any remnants of colour can change your next colour and make it muddy.  Take care of your brushes washing them well and letting them dry with their hairs up so as not to bend them out of shape.  Sponges, sponge brushes & rags are also interesting & fun to use.

Pallets, water container & miscellaneous

You can either buy the “real thing” from your local art store or use make-shift pallets such as an ice cube tray, Styrofoam trays saved from wrapped produce.  The benefit of using a pallet is that it will have dividers on it to keep your mixed paints from mixing with other paints and making a brown mess.

A few plastic spoons and plastic knifes will suffice for transferring paints from their containers to your pallets

Have a few water containers on hand that are tall enough to support your brushes with out tipping the container and large enough so you are not constantly changing water.

A spray bottle that you can use to keep you tempera paint moist if it seems to be drying is sometimes helpful.  It is also good for spraying your painting for different effects.

Scissors for changing the size or shape of your paper.

2-inch wide duct tape for taping paper together to make it larger.


Musefully yours,








Petrea Sig