Reference books and locations for materials.

A couple of very useful books:

  • The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques by Ralph Mayer -I really enjoy Mayer’s Handbook and have often thought of following his recipes for doing small frescos.  It is an intriguing idea.
  • LEONARDO on painting edited by Martin Kemp.  Although not ancient this book is a treasure box of commentaries that any painter today could use . . . “an invaluable reference work for art historians as well as for anyone interested in the mind and methods of one of the world’s greatest creative geniuses.”

If you want ready made materials you can get them from:

If you wish to make your own paint, you can get ingredients from the following retailers:

  • Douglas and Sturgess – source for ingredients for vegan gesso as well as a source for pigments, binders and wax
  • Kramer pigments – rare and hard to find pigments as well as binders for making your own watercolor paints
  • Sinopia – rare and hard to find pigments
  • David Davis Artists Materials & Services – possible source for regular pigments
    499 Van Brunt St
    Brooklyn, NY 11231
    (718) 222-1090