In the field of art, having a good set of materials is important. The kind of materials artists use is fundamental to the work they do. A lack of some supplies can have an impact on the result of their work.
After all, you can’t bake or cook without having all the ingredients ready.
Over the next few posts I will cover the basic requirements to get you started, hints and tips, choosing the correct brush, brush care, paint colour choices and choices of surfaces that you can paint on.
To begin with you will need some basic equipment (some you may already have in your home), trust me nearly all of the requirements will last you a long time.
1. Glass jar – To wash out your brushes. I use recycled jars. When they get too many drips of paint on them I replace them.
2. Palette -You can purchase disposable palettes from art supply stores. I use recycled plastic lids or milk cartons. Paper towel – This is to blot excess water off your brushes after rinsing them .
3. An old towel- To lay over your work surface to protect it and keep it clean, also prevents your work from scratches.
4. Cotton buds – Paint takes a little while to dry, so dampen one of these and wipe off any mistakes. Let the area dry before painting over.
5. Chalk Pencil – Use to make removable marks.
6. Kneadable eraser – Use to remove any pencil marks that may show through your work. I use a generic eraser.
7. Fine grade sandpaper- For light sanding between coats of paint
8. Stylus- Use to trace a design (an old ballpoint pen works just as well).
9. Hair dryer – to speed up the drying process between coats of paint.
10. Brush cleaner- Purchase from art supply stores (a gentle shampoo or pure soap and water work well too).
11. Sponge, cling wrap, comb, or anything you can think of that you can pounce, press, dab or scrape with to create interesting background affects.
12. Transfer Paper- One black sheet and one white sheet, these are available from art supply stores.
13. Tracing paper- Baking paper works just as well. (Try the cheaper brands, the less non stick coating it has the better)
14. Paint Brushes- 1 inch basecoating brush, ¼ inch and ½ inch flat, No. 2 and No. 4 round, No. 0 liner, ¼ inch angle shader, deerfoot brush, stencil brush. These will be discussed in more detail in a future post.
15. Acrylic paint- Various colours. Purchase as required. These will be discussed in more detail in a future post.
16. Sealer or Gesso – To prevent the paint from soaking through raw surfaces.
17. Varnish- Use to protect your finished work.
Gather your supplies and before you know it you will be ready to begin your first project.