Acrylic Course Painting Supplies

As always, quality does matter and painting supplies are no different from any other craft you choose to do; for those of you who have never painted before, I really do not want you to go out and purchase the most expensive of supplies. As time goes by you will see other students and me with paints, brushes and supplies which you will want to acquire. Right now, I just want you to get started with the least amount of expense possible, so you won't break the bank right off the bat.

The following supplies are what is required for the Acrylic Painting Course:

Note Book and Pencil

Water Spray Bottle with a variable mist

Water Container (Ice Cream - 2 liter for washing brushes)

Paper Towels

Old towel for wiping up

Plastic Table Cloth for Table

Recommended Student Acrylic Paints are Grumbacher  Academy or Winsor & Newton. They are truer of colour than most of the entry level paints.

Required Colours :

Ultramarine Blue

Cadmium Red

Cadmium Yellow (medium)

Yellow Ochre

Phthalo Blue

Alizarin Crimson

Hansa Yellow or Lemon Yellow

Titanium White. if you are going to purchase a larger tube of any colour, this is the one. 

A palette system and that can be as simple as a styrofoam plate or a low (in height) Tupperware type container with thin sponges in it. Parchment paper over the wet sponges.

Brushes: Some of you have brushes. They will be fine starting out until you know what you wish to use as you get more into painting. For those who do not have any, there are sets of brushes at Michael’s. They are usually in sets of 4 or 5 brushes, called Artist’s Loft and in the area of $15.00 per set. I like the flat set which has the 3/4 “ wash brush in it. If you have the coupons that they advertise with, you could get any or all of your supplies 40-50% off.

I will take extra brushes with me so please don’t go out and purchase expensive ones until you know exactly what you want. 

Canvases: Stretched canvases come either stretched over a wooden frame or stretched on a cardboard type of backing. Either is fine.

2 - 11”x14” and  1-8"x10" canvases, although you may get any canvases you wish but this is the minimum.

Pictures you might want to paint.

Easel (optional) It is easier on your neck to have an easel but a simple, cheaper one is fine.