Learning to Paint – Blog #1 – The Supply List

To anyone who has been wanting to learn to paint, I will be blogging about on how to get started.  Here is a list of supplies you will need.

  • 12″ x 16″ Canson disposable palette paper without thumb hole  (keep the paper on the pad and just turn back the cover, so the paper will be secure and not move around)
  • two clip on palette cups (one for medium and one for cleaning brushes) or you can purchase a brush cleaner. I recommend Holbein brand, small size.
  • A small palette knife (trowel-shaped)

  • brushes (I recommend round brushes, natural hog hair bristle) two sizes of each (#2,#3, #4, #5,#6) the round brushes are more versatile because you can both draw and paint with them
  • Gamsol (which is odorless paint thinner and less toxic than most)
  • Small container of Artist Refined Linseed Oil

  • oil paints – titanium white, cadmium yellow lemon, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium orange, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, cadmium red light, quinacridone rose, quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, cerulean blue and viridian green  (when a color is labeled “hue” after the name of the color, it means that it is imitation)
  • small plastic container to hold your paints, the tubes are not too loose to get punctured by the corner of other tubes
  • 9″x12″, 12″x16″, 14″ x18″ or 16″x20″ canvas board, panel or pre- stretched canvas
  • paper towels (Viva brand that separates into half sheets)
  • viewfinder (called “View Catcher”)
  • A 16″ Palette Garage (to store your paint in)  available online