Serendipity eCourse
Materials List

Step through the door of Serendipity

Recommended Materials List
for the Serendipity  E-Course.

Hi Everyone,

Its lovely to have you join us for the Serendipity E-Course! Especially as we as a collective, are going through such a challenging time.

I have compiled this materials list as a guide for what you will need to create your own gorgeous paintings during the course.

At the moment it may not be as easy as usual for everyone to get all the paints and stencils. Certainly you will have to opt for online shopping and maybe be a bit inventive if you can’t get exactly what I have suggested.

I discovered Golden Fluid Acrylics a couple of years ago.  They have a beautiful pigment and perform extremely well when used in liquid techniques.  Their transparency is what makes the different layers work so well and they glow in a truly amazing way!

Golden Fluid Acrylics are a more expensive paint but because of the strength of pigment you will not need to use as much. Atelier also have a “Free Flow” paint. They are similar to Golden Fluids, but they don’t have all the colours that Golden does. Certainly they are more easily sourced here in Australia.

If you can’t source either, you can use your good quality existing paints instead. You have the option of making your acrylic paint into liquids by adding flow medium or water with a ¼ paint to ¾ liquid ratio and mixing them into little bottles.  You will still achieve a lovely result. Please make sure that the paints you use for the glaze are translucent*. Not opaque. This can be determined by the little box on the tube. An empty box is translucent* and a solid box is opaque. Or the Goldens have a stripe with a smear of paint.

Suggested Paints
Tube paint.

or similar

Titanium White
Dioxizine Purple
Green Light( Jo Sonja) or similar
*These are necessary for using with the stencils.
Fluid paint 
will run under the stencils and cause bleeding.

GOLDEN FLUID COLOURS.  Below are the colours I use in the demo.  You can pick what colours you
want in your painting. Below is just a guide.

Golden Fluids come in different sizes. The small 30ml(1 oz) will be more than enough for a couple of paintings. It goes a long way. Of course the 119ml (4 oz) size is more economical


If you are unable to source Fluids at the moment you can make your own Fluids instead from Tube paint




Cadmium Red
Primary Yellow
Pthalo Green or *Jo Sonja Green Light
(*Tube paint mentioned above)
Manganese Blue and or Pthalo blue
Dioxizine Purple
Pthalo Turquiose,
Quinacridone Magenta
One other colour that I absolutely love is Atelier Cobalt Turquoise Light. (Normal acrylic) or
Matisse Cobalt Teal
*GOLDEN (Heavy Body) Teal is similar for the top theme stencils

GOLDEN FLUIDS can be purchased

In Australia we have a quite a few online suppliers.
The Art Shop is in Bayswater Victoria. http://theartshop.com.au/

Fitzroy Stretches is in Melbourne,Victoria http://www.fitzroystretches.com/

There are lots of other online Suppliers. 


I like to use Golden Fluids or Atelier free Flow for this technique.  But things are not quite as available at the moment as they were when I first ran this course. Hopefully you will be able to source them online? We may need to be adaptable though and need to make our own fluids. Remember the tube paints must be translucent though.  Fluids can be made by mixing in bottles with water/ flow medium or glazing medium. Bottles can be sourced from online art shops or you can use empty spice bottles or similar?

Reminder:  tube paint needs to be TRANSLUCENT (see through)


I prefer nice soft brushes, not scratchy ones.

Flat : A couple different sizes from 6cm down to small sizes. You will need a nice 1 inch to 2 inch synthetic brush for the glazing.

Round : A couple of small round brushes for detailed work.


It is optional what size you go, but I wouldn’t go any smaller than a 76cm x 76cm (30inch x 30inch) which is a good size  to start off with. I will be demonstrating on a larger 120cm x 90cm canvas. I recommend that you purchase a couple of canvases to play on.

Please choose a good quality canvas. “Student” canvas is fine, but stick to the double thick width as they usually have a better quality canvas.

*Stencils are essential to this technique and this E-Course.
Make sure you purchase enough to give you a nice balance of images and marks. Think about a theme you would like to create? Maybe a flower garden? Maybe more of a Buddhist feel with Lotus and symbols? Have a look at my paintings and get a
feel for what stencils work together?

Make sure you purchase some background style stencils as well as special main feature stencils. Here are some examples of what I call background stencils.

You will also need some Feature stencils for your top layer. These could be things like Lotus- Birds- flowers- Butterflies- dragonflies- Animals- Symbols- Buddhas? Choices are many. So go with what you feel drawn to. 

Stencils can be purchased online. 


Australia Craftonline. http://www.craftonline.com.au/

Or Kerry from *Which Craft Do You Do here in Australia has a huge range on her website. Which Craft Do You Do

US Stencil Girls http://www.stencilgirlproducts.com/
In the US iStencil  They stock Donna Downey stencils as well
Whitney Freya has the sacred symbols that I love.

It may not be as easey to source everything at the moment so we may have to be a bit inventive.
If you are having trouble sourcing something in particular just email me and I will see if I know where you can purchase them. I will have a small supply of some of my own Stencil designs ( flower balls etc).

Email susanfarrellart@gmail.com



This is a fun layer of just making marks. You can be really inventive with things lying around your house.

The lid of an aerosol can
Paint scrapers from the hardware store
Old credit card
Hair rake
Bamboo sticks
Old ruler
Paint Pen( Liquitex/Posca)
Sea Sponges
Craft sponge rollers (kids)
Your imagination!

A plastic pallet or a disposable pallet available from art supplies shops
A packet of high density foam roller ends (10cm)from hardware stores
Or Stencil sponge (makeup sponge)
Or Stencil Brush
A couple of Foam craft brushes
Water Spray Bottle.

Two plastic drop sheets. One for the table and one for the floor. These can be purchased from Discount Stores.
Disposable Cloths.
Paper Hand Towel
Plastic gloves or
Barrier Cream
A good sized water container
Apron (optional)
An old hairdryer (optional) in case the Sun is not around!
An easel if you prefer using one. I do!

The materials I suggest here are what I use in the demo. This is your painting, so you can really choose whatever materials are more easily available to you. This technique is lovely and free. So just go with it and don’t worry too much about the final outcome. I hope you can just play and have fun!
Stay safe xx
If you need to email me for some Tips it is susanfarrellart@gmail.com

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