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     Caitrin Leigh
    • Experience: 5-10 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

    Member Member

    Hi! I graduated college in May and I’m trying to get back into practicing techniques and designs on flats in my basement while I’m at home during quarantine but I have no idea where to get the supplies like fitches and bamboo sticks from. I live in MD but don’t really have a lot of art stores or theater supply shops near me, and don’t know where to look. Any help and/or advice is greatly appreciated!

     Lili Lennox
    • Experience: 15-20 years
    • Scenic Status: Full Time Freelance

    Partner Member

    Hi Caitrin!

    Garden supply stores should carry bamboo poles, or if you can get your hands on a tiki torch (seasonal but widely available) you can just remove the flame canister.

    Some might disagree with me here, but I would personally say that theatrical fitches aren’t necessary for practicing the techniques of scenic painting; it’s more about learning to manipulate the tools you have to get your desired result. Cheap chippers from the hardware store comprise probably 60% of the brushes I use in my work, then some varied sizes of Purdy sash brushes, a random assortment of artist brushes, etc.

    That said, here are a few retailers from which you can order fitches online:



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