How to Build a Painter’s Art Supply Kit

How to Build a Painter’s Art Supply Kit

Art is all about experience and perception – at least when it comes to the people viewing it. As an artist, however, it is all about technique, style, and skill. Unless you have the right tools, however, you may not be able to translate those things into a tangible work of art. If you are a painter, there are certain supplies you should keep around – keep reading to learn how to build a painter’s art supply kit.

Choosing the Right Paint

There are several different types of paint, but the top three are acrylic, oil, and watercolor. Acrylic paint is a favorite among many artists because it is affordable, versatile, and dries very fast. You can use acrylic paint on traditional surfaces like canvas and paper, or you can try wood, metal, or other surfaces. Keep in mind that acrylic paint dries quickly and doesn’t always blend as well as oil – it also dries slightly darker than it goes on

Oil paint is another very versatile option. You can thin it or thicken it and it blends very well. Plus, because it dries slowly, you can go back and make changes more easily than you can with acrylic paint. Oil paint also enables you to build layers more easily than acrylic. Watercolor is a very unique medium and it is thought to be one of the oldest. This type of paint can be thinned with water to dilute the color or you can paint it directly onto dry paper for a more saturated look.

What About Brushes?

Once you’ve chosen your paint and stocked up on an assortment of colors, next you need to think about your brushes. To some degree, the brushes you choose will be determined by your choice of medium. If you choose oil paint, you’ll want to stock up on some stiff bristle brushes – these are better for layering paint and they transfer some texture to the paint as well. For acrylic or watercolor, you’ll want softer brushes such as bushes made with synthetic fibers. To make sure you have an assortment of options, here are some of the brush types to buy: round, pointed round, flat, bright, filbert, angular flat, fan, and detail round. You can also buy these brushes in different sizes.

Other Painting Supplies

Aside from your paints and brushes, there are some other supplies you’ll need. First and foremost, you’ll need something to paint on – canvas and paper are the most common options, but you can also try wood if you like. You’ll also need a palette on which to mix your paints, a palette knife to do the mixing, and something to clean your brushes in. Optional supplies you might consider include various mediums, an easel, rags or paper towels, pencils for sketching, and tools for texture.

When it comes to assembling a painter’s kit, it is all about your own style. Choose the kind of supplies you need that will suit your skills and your preferred technique. Keep in mind as well that you don’t necessarily have to buy top-of-the-line supplies at first – take the time to hone your skills with more affordable supplies then upgrade when you are ready.

  1. Diane PalmerDiane Palmer04-18-2018

    I love this article. I totally agree with you when you say..”you don’t necessarily need to buy top of the line supplies” This is so true especially if you are in the experimenting stage. I actually got a box of misc painting supplies in a garage sale for 5 bucks! It got me interested and then as I could afford better supplies I purchased them. Art stores can intimidate anyone starting out, with high end supplies. I still use some pretty basic supplies and enjoy creating and selling my art.

  2. MiroslavoMiroslavo05-29-2018

    I think that an artist should buy only things he needs and slowly build his kit suited to his needs. You don’t need to buy a big supply kit to start painting. It all depends on what you need and want. You could be happy with one brush and three acrylic tubes of colour for a lon time.

  3. AllanAllan08-08-2018

    I too agree with you, anything used as.long as it satisfy your needs and your happy with your output,
    Can I ask your opinion if you will use other medium like from a raw material being processed like tanning and used it as an alternate medium now can you call it a “painting”?

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