Ann McMillan Art
Fine Art in Color

Oil Painting supplies

Oil Painting Supplies


Oil Painting Supplies

Jerry's Artarama Shopping Cart for Oil Paints

Painting:Beginning and beyond materials list for acrylic and oil. This is a recent and thorough list for an evening class at Palo Alto Art Center. My most pared down kit:  A few brushes, brights and flats preferred, a color shaper, Lukas oil paint, Res'n'gel,  the magic palette knife, a pot of Gamsol, and some Viva paper towels. Oh, and some canvases and a palette. that's it, besides an easel, garbage can, and a backpack if you are painting outdoors.  

Oil paints:

Standard Oil paints: Lukas Studio (only available at Jerry’s artarama) or DalerRowney (Accent Art has these on sale) oil paint is best, please do not buy Winton-- some paint it just too cheap to be useful.  If you are shopping at Michael's, Gamblin1980, Daler-Rowney or Winsor-Newton Artisan are all good enough brands.  Gamblin and Winsor-Newton are also available at Michael's in professional grade, but are much more expensive.  Pro Tip: It is fine to buy a large tube of Winton Titanium white-- the problem with the cheap paint is a lack of pigment, so a cheap white is fine, since it has no pigment. 

Water-mixable (or miscible) oil paints:
Cobra or Aqua Duo or Windsor-Newton Artisan are all good brands.

Essential colors: 

  • 1 Titanium white, 200 ml tube. 
  • 1 Cadmium yellow, or cadmium yellow hue,
  • Indian yellow, 37 ml tube.
  • 1 Cadmium red light or red light hue, 
  • 1 Alizarin crimson, 37 ml tube
  • 1 Cerulean or Cobalt blue, 37 ml tube.
  • 1 Ultramarine blue. 

Optional and fun colors: 

  • 1 Quinacridone red, or a true scarlet or magenta. 
  • 1 Phthalo blue, 37 ml tube. 

Oil painting medium: 

  • 2 cups Gamsol or other odorless thinner in turps can or tightly-sealed jar. 
  • 1 tube Res-n-Gel® - Liquin is ok too. Res-n-Gel is non-toxic substitute. 

Water-mixible oil painting medium: 

  • Water 
  • Cobra painting paste or any gel that goes with your brand of water mixable oils. I tend to buy the medium made by the brand of paint I am using to assure that they play well together.   My students who are using water-mixable say that the paste or gel or liquin lookalike is essential to making the paint flow right. Water does not give enough control. 


  • A few Flat or Bright bristle brushes-- 1/2 inch and 1 inch wide.  Brights are short and square, Flats are long and rectangular.   Rounds are no fun. Hair or fur brushes are too wimpy for acrylic and oil; they are intended for watercolor.  Bristle Brushes, please!  
  • A 16 x 20 inch or larger palette made of glass, acrylic, smooth painted wood.  Paper palettes are frustrating-- if you want to use one, please bring a bit of tape to keep it from wiggling.  
  • Cheap canvas panels about 12 x 12 or a bit larger for practice.  A canvas paper pad is also fine.  you will need tape to put it on a board for painting.  Fredrix or Artist's Loft are both reasonable and inexpensive brands for substrate. 
  • masking tape
  • Paper towels-- Painters like Viva. The paper towels in the studio just don't work very well.  
  • Paper grocery bag to use as a trash can. 
  • A small palette knife for scraping the palette.  
  • Saran wrap if you want to save paint between sessions. 
  • Flat boxes for the car for transporting wet paintings-- pizza boxes or frame boxes work well. 

Materials list of things that I love to use:

Larger Equipment for field painting:

  • Easel Mistress
  • Backpack
  • wet painting storage boxes  (pizza boxes work well).
  • Paint-smeared minivan

Please see annmcmillanart on youtube for an overview of my oil painting kits. [youtube]