Lori Putnam Plein Air Workshops Supply List



Easel/equipment: You are responsible for providing your own easel unless otherwise available from the hosting organization. Please check with your Registration Contact to be certain. I use a Paintbook by EdgePro Gear, edgeprogear.com. If you want to order one, you need to allow about a month for production time. Use appropriate promo code from the list below:

Promo Codes for EdgePro

  • LPPBUP2019 - PaintBook Ultimate Package - $25 off

  • LPSBUP2019 - SketchBook Ultimate Package - $15 off

  • LPPB2019 - QuickPanel Capable PaintBook - $25 off

  • LPSB2019 - SketchBook - $10 off

  • NEW! PassPort, a new size from EdgePro. I LOVE this size. They are currently in production. Should you want to order one before I get the updated promo code, email them directly at support@edgeprogear.com and inquire.

• Wooden or neutral gray mixing palette (may be part of your portable easel)  


Bring any color palette you are comfortable with using. These are the colors I enjoy using indoors. The four colors listed in bold are all you really need (especially for keeping your gear lightweight when working en plein air). Others are optional for fun and convenience, but you can certainly make do without them.

These are all Gamblin Artists Colors available at www.dickblick.com and other retailers: 

• Cad Yellow Light
• Cad Yellow Medium (usually helpful for fall-color workshops)
• Indian Yellow
• Cad Orange Deep
• Napthol Red
• Asphaltum
• Brown Pink
• Quinacridone Magenta (usually helpful for spring-flowers/still life workshops)
• Quinacridone Violet or Diox Purple
• Ultramarine Blue
• Payne’s Grey
• Cobalt Blue
• Phthalo Blue or Phthalo Green for fun
• Permanent Green Lt
• Cadmium Green
• Warm White
• Titanium White
• Radiant Blue
• Radiant Turquoise


Do not bring old, worn-out brushes. Lori is always experimenting with new shapes and styles of brushes. Below is a list of some of the latest ones she suggests:

Minimum suggested for this workshop. All brushes are from Rosemary & Co.

Ivory Extra Long Flat size 4, 6

Ivory Egbert size 6

Ivory Long Filbert size 6

Evergreen Egbert size 0, 4

Evergreen Long Flat size 2, 8


Ivory Long Flat size 0

Ivory Rigger size 2

Eclipse Extra-long comber size .5 inch

Pure Sable Series 7320 size 5/8 inch

Here are three sets of brushes that you might want to explore:  

Several styles of palette knives, scrapers, and colour shapers available at www.dickblick.com and other retailers. 


There are many good sources for surfaces. I prefer working on panels whenever possible. I like the stiffness as opposed to working on stretched canvases with “spring.” One panel that I like a lot is available at from RayMarArt.com. It is the #15 dp oil linen. These are more expensive than the cotton ones, but the surface is really lovely allowing you to achieve different effects. Another option that I dearly love is the Quick Panel that EdgePro makes for their Paintbooks and Sketchbooks. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative, try the Centurion double oil primed linen pads and some gatorboard for stapling or taping.  

  • You will need one or two each day of the workshop, ranging in sizes from 8x10 to 12x16. Remember, you will need to have a means to transport these wet paintings home with you, so bring sizes you have wet carriers for, especially if you are flying.


  • Wet canvas carriers such as Raymar.

  • I use paint-tube carriers by Dagmar Solutions. They keep the tubes from puncturing each other during transport and keep the paints super handy when painitng. However, they only work with certain brands of paint tops. Check them out at dagmarsolutions.com

  • Plein Air umbrella. I use one with a white interior from BestBrella.

  • Small sketchpad and pencil or even better, Neutral Grey, Duo tipped markers, 1 each in tones 3, 5, and 9 sketching markers

  • ViewCatcher (gray plastic crop/view finder tool) available at most art stores

  • EMPTY, small, sealable, non-breakable, spill-proof container for mineral

  • Gamblin Solvent Free Gel (optional, makes the paint dry more rapidly for ease in packing)

  • Gamsol (recommended) Artists’ Grade Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS) IF TRAVELING BY PLANE, OMS should be purchased at your final destination. DO NOT PACK AND BRING. IT IS ILLEGAL TO BRING OMS ON FLIGHTS. Do not bring contractor-grade OMS that is available at hardware stores. It is not good for you, people around you, or your paints! NOTE: If you are attending a workshop at my studio, I only allow Gamsol in my studio. It is available for purchase at the studio. Please indicate how much you want on your Participant Form.

  • Paper towels and bags for trash

  • Sense of humor

  • Wet-ones wipes

For your physical comfort:

  • Dress in layers, or bring a change of clothes, to adjust as weather changes

  • Wear neutral-colored tops and jackets

  • Hat, visor, or umbrella for sun or rain

  • Bug spray

  • Sunscreen

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Chair or stool for outdoor demonstrations

  • Bring plenty of bottled water

  • Snacks

    My Personal Packing List

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