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Intuition Painting® Live, Online Classes with Montine Blank

This page is designed to help you prepare for our online Intuition Painting® classes together.  Please read carefully at least a week before our first session so that you have time to gather supplies and arrange your space just the way you will like it. 

Also, if you haven't already, please check out the overview of Intuition Painting® so you can have an idea of what to expect from this work.

Our Journey into Intuitive Flow

Over our classes we will move through the different phases of creative process, each one getting us freer, more honest, more relaxed, and more connected to our inner wisdom. In the beginning we will work together around letting go of what stops our creative flow. In time we move past that phase and begin to reconnect to our intuition, allowing the painting to simply start emerging without our having to plan or control it. In the final phase you will have learned to fully trust the process and let comparisons and perfectionism fade. This is the stage where you can truly begin hearing and honoring what the painting needs to be, thereby honoring yourself. 

Each time we approach this process with mindfulness and an open heart, we tap into our creative source and experience more wonder, playfulness, light, and truth.  This practice becomes one that serves us far beyond the studio.

Getting Your Space Ready

Just as in the painting process, there is not a "right way" to create your space.  You do not need to have a dedicated studio. You could paint on the back of a door, a refrigerator, on a window, in the garage or outside. You will want to be sure you can paint with good lighting in complete privacy with no chance of interruptions. It is also important that you feel free to make a mess in the space, so although we use paints that can be wiped up, covering walls and floors may be necessary.

Your List of Supplies

I have experimented with many different brushes, paints and papers and am listing here several I recommend that can be found at Blick Art Supply, a US company with which we are an affiliate.

Here is the list of supplies you will want to consider for your own studio space:

  • Stand Up Easel:
    With Intuition Painting®, it is important that you involve your entire body in the painting process. This means if you can stand while painting, it is preferable. Also, often paintings expand and need plenty of room to grow, so a small or "regular" easel is not recommended. Instead, you will want to find a wide and tall plain surface where you can tape or tack up your painting paper. You could use a wall that you don't mind getting "colorful", or a large glass window, a refrigerator, or even the side of a refrigerator. Below are links to foam insulation boards from Home Depot and a couple of other crafty ways to set up.

    • 3'x7' or 4'x8' Corrugated pads (i.e. Cardboard sheets) from a local box store or moving company

    • Foam Boards (Found at Home Depot, Lowe's or similar big box hardware store)

    • Local Appliance Stores may have Large Boxes available after they make deliveries (i.e. refrigerator boxes)

    • Home Depot 8'x4' Plywood

  • Clamp Lights
    I use simple clamp lights to light my board. You may want to set it up so that your face can also be lighted for the computer video.

  • Floor Protection:
    Tempera paints are non-toxic and, for the most part, easily wiped from most hard surfaces. Some of the colors will stain fabrics, however, so we recommend covering your floors, fabric covered furniture, and exposed walls with plastic, a sheet, drop cloths or paper so you feel free to express. Be sure and place the bottom of your easel over the plastic to avoid paint drips.

  • Paper:
    You are welcome to use 80lb or heavier Bristol Vellum or Watercolor Paper for intuitive process painting. You will want large sheets of at least 18"x24". Here are links to find options you may like:

  • Palettes:
    I find palettes to be a personal preference. I avoid colors and any texture on the bottoms. You may like working on a clear or white plastic plates, glass or ceramic plates, plastic divided plates, pie tins, foam egg containers, or even ice cube trays.

  • Tempera Paints:
    You only need five colors to do this work (white, black, red, yellow, and blue), but I would recommend adding secondary colors and having a set of 8 (white, black, red, yellow, blue, orange, green, purple). I like to order extra white and yellow as I go through those colors more quickly. You can also grow your options by adding a variety of pearlescents, metallics, glitter paints, and/or fluorescents. Tempera paints that have a creamy texture and strong opacity are easiest to apply and cover paintings. I prefer premium grade over student grade options and I avoid using washable tempera paints and I do not prefer the brand “Sargent”. Here are brands I enjoy:

  • Paintbrushes:
    You will need a few different sizes of brushes, all with a springy tip that bounces back well and mostly round so the paint flows well. Watercolor brushes work well with tempera paints. A nice set could include 3 sizes of round brushes: tiny (0-2), medium brush (6-8), and large brush (10-12), a large house paint brush and a mop brush, plus a small flat brush (4-6), and a large Filbert (12).

  • Supplies you will likely have around your home:

    • Good lighting (both for your painting and yourself on camera)

    • A stool or small table for your painting supplies

    • Rags

    • Large bucket for Clean Water

    • Water jars

    • Paper towels

    • Extra jars for mixing paints

    • Cans or Containers for holding supplies

    • Roll of Masking Tape

    • Scissors

    • Tacks

  • Optional Items: