Here is a list of recommended products that you will need to get started painting. You can also use this list to replenish your supplies.
Oil paints are for advanced students that want to create more vibrant or textured paintings. they are slow drying for blending colors on the canvas. Oil paints take anywhere from two days to two weeks to dry depending on how thickly they are applied to the canvas. Oil paints are toxic and should only be used in a well ventilated area. You must wash your hands with dish soap thoroughly after each oil paint session.
Here is a starter pack of oil paints. I recommend purchasing a large tube (200ml) of white also.
If you are going to make lots of large paintings I recommend purchasing the larger tubes (200ml) for several of the colors.
The more brushes the better! It is good to have a variety of sizes and shapes. In the medium and large sizes mostly use the flat top brushes. For the smallest brushes I use the round. Pallet knives are used for mixing the oil colors.
Used to thin paint and clean brushes with oil paint on them.
Lindseed oil and Turpentine are used to thin paint for different techniques and textures.
Oil paint and solvents are toxic. You can NOT wash your brushes in the sink because the heavy metals will pollute the water supply. To clean your oil brushes you must wipe all of the extra paint off into a phone book (convenient because it is disposable with lots of pages) and rinse the brush in a jar of turpentine repeatedly wiping the brush off in phone book until it has no more color.
I recommend a glass pallet so that you can scrape the paint off at the end of each session and cover the unused paint with plastic wrap so that it will stay wet until your next painting session.
Pallet Knife Set
Acrylic paint is much easier to use and clean up. The paint is water soluble so you can clean the brushes with soap and water. The paints take only a few minuntes to dry so you can paint multiple layers in one painting session. You can use water to thin the paints instead of having to use toxic solvents. The main downfall to acrylic is that their are less color mixing options and they are not as vibrant as oil paint. Acrylic is also thinner so requires more layers to have the same opacity of oil paints.
Here are Acrylic Paint sets. I recommend purchasing a large tube of white also because of the amount of white that is required in creating paintings.
Any plastic or wood pallet will work. I recommend a large pallet so that you have plenty of room to mix colors. You can also purchase disposable pallets but I recommend against it because it creates more unnecessary waste.
You should have small medium and large brushes for all stages of acrylic painting.
These canvases can be used for both oil and acrylic paints. If you want paint large canvases you can also build your own custom canvases with these supplies. Watch our How to Stretch a Canvas Video
These canvas sets are ready to start painting on.
Canvas Panels are an inexpensive alternative if you want to do some painting exercises. The panels are flat so they would have to be framed to be hung on a wall.
If you want to make large paintings It is much more cost effective to build your own canvas. You will need four stretcher bars, raw canvas, a staple gun, water biased paint and a large brush. You get to choose the length of your stretcher bars so it is a great way to make a custom size canvas. I have linked four sizes but there are more available. You can use water biased interior house paint as a cheaper alternative for gesso. Watch our tutorial video: How to Stretch a Canvas
2x 28 inch Bars
2x 38 inch Bars
2 16x20 inch
1 gal Gesso
2x 40 inch Bars
2 24x36 inches
2x 46 inch Bars