Paint with Maggie monthly painting class.
When you are new to painting, buying art supplies can be intimidating and confusing. Let’s change that!
The items you find here are reliable and time tested in my studio. (After buying and discarding a lot of painting supplies) :((
This list of supplies should help you avoid that.
Regarding paint, I suggest you start with just the basics and add the optional colors later.
*You’ll find printable lists and links to online ordering for everything at the end of this post*
- Acrylic paint
- Canvas or Paper
- Paper towels or paint rags
- Palette for mixing paint: styrofoam or paper plate, styrofoam tray (from grocery store) will work.
- Container for water.
- Apron or clothes you can get paint on.
- White gesso- Golden brand (optional)
- Varnish (optional)
Acrylic paint - budget friendly list
Amsterdam brand Standard Acrylic paints
in these colors.
Amsterdam Standard Acrylic Paint
Azo yellow medium
Phthalo green (if they have it, if not get the Golden phthalo green -blue shade)
Permanent red violet (magenta)
Permanent violet (dioxazine purple)
Turquoise Green (optional, but very handy yo have)
Turquoise Blue (same as above)
Gold Ochre (same as above)l
Blue Gray (same as above)
Golden titanium white - do not buy cheap white.
Professional grade Acrylic Paint
Cadmium yellow medium or medium hue
Phyrole red or cadmium red medium or cad red medium hue
Phthalo blue - green shade
Phthalo green - blue shade
Cadmium orange medium or medium hue (optional)
Quinacridone magenta (optional)
Ultramarine Blue (optional)
Get the inexpensive Amsterdam turquoise and black
Inexpensive, but good brushes:
Princeton Summit White synthetic brushes,
available online - DickBlick.com, Jerrysartarama and Michael’s Art Supply
Silverwhite series 1502 synthetic brushes,
available online DickBlick.com and Jerrysartarama
I use the shape called “Brights”, in these sizes #4, #6, #8
Plus I use a very small round or liner (Simply Simmons brand or Silverwhite) for detail work
Canvas and paper
I know it’s tempting to buy inexpensive canvas and canvas panels, but the surface is so rough it makes the painting process harder and your paintings look amateurish.
The canvas brand I prefer is the
If you’re new to painting I suggest you start with these sizes
8” x 10”
11” x 14”
140# watercolor paper - preferred
Or paper heavy enough to stand up to paint and water without buckling.
Here are my favorite colors in action:))
Printable general supply list.
Printable list of my “must” have colors.