I've been a "digital artist" for years and have been thinking for some time about trying traditional painting. So, I have absolutely no supplies!
The method I've decided I want to attempt first is Bob Ross, especially because I can paint along with him. I had a few questions.
Also, since I have to buy everything from scratch I was hoping if someone could look over my list and tell me if I am buying the wrong things. This will be a Christmas gift to myself, I don't want to purchase the wrong stuff (or stuff I don't need, or miss things I absolutely need!) Questions
- With the Bob Ross method. Is "Liquid White" the same thing as Magic White? I cannot find anything called "magic white", which he mentions a lot.
- When painting with this method do I need to complete a painting basically in one-go? I am unsure if I can still add paint a day, two, three days later with this method.
- I've basically picked out a pack of what I consider practice canvas. They're just panels and not the pre-stretched double prime Ross always starts with. Does this just effect storage/display, or will it effect how my paints take to the canvas, thus messing up this method?
- I've read conflicting information on the "Bob Ross" paints. Some say they are no different from other paints. But I have saw it said that the paints are dryer, thus work better for the method of painting. And that I would need to soak the excess oil out of other paints (Not so interested in doing that to start with!). True?
And here is the list of items I have made so far: Bob Ross Master Paint Set Mainly I picked this one because it has the brushes and paints. I calculated any buying them seperately cost a lot more. Plus, the box seems very nice, and the brushes/paints included already added up to more before the box was taken into account. Art Alternatives Canvas Panels - 12 - 8x10 size Again, for practice, not displaying or selling. Art Advantage 11x15 inch clear acrylic palette I believe this style is easier to clean than wood? And you see your colors truer on the clear base? The Marquid Desk Easel Basically, I very much want a real easle some day if I do stick with painting. Until then, they're very expensive, so I thought this would be a good start, and it has storage. The only thing is it is slightly smaller than the panels (panels are 11x15, easle is 11x14 - but with no edges that would prevent it from fitting). Is that okay, or do I need another one?
Lastly, I just have the paints not included in the bob ross kit, all his brand: Dark Sienna, Prussian Blue, Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre, Indian Yellow - ranging from 6-$8 a piece...
A bottle of black gesso, because I definately want to try the black canvas method. The "bob ross base coat value pack" Which has liquid clear, liquid white, liquid black & brush conditionor. It seemed like a good deal at $18. Oderloss paint thinner
. I picked this brand but do let me know if there is better/cheaper
The totals with these items is around $225. It is a lot to jump in. But, I am fairly confident I will enjoy this and I would like to start out with some good stuff.
I have found it all on Amazon for ease of purchase... but if there is another site with better deals (when you calculate in shipping + tax!), let me know!
Thanks so much for any advice. I know this is crazy long.