Oil Painting Supplies
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.
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.
- 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:
- 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:
- Oblong elliptical palette knife
- Gamsol-- a low-odor turpentine substitute
- Lukas Studio paints available from jerry's artarama
- Viva paper towels
- Brights and flats with strong bristles
- Larger palette knife for cleaning palette
Larger Equipment for field painting:
- Easel Mistress
- 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezlbc4euKnM]