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.