Oil Painting Supplies for Beginners

How many times have you wanted to start a project or learn a new skill and given up because you just didn’t know how to begin?  I’m a shortcut kind of girl….always looking to find the quick solution to a question.

Learning to paint can be overwhelming.  So I’ve put together a list of art supplies that you will need to start your first painting.  I use all of these art supplies in my own studio and know that they work!

OIL PAINTS come in tubes.  Any art store will carry most of the colors I suggest. Don’t buy a “set of paints” because you won’t use most of the colors anyway. Here are the colors I use. Cadmium Yellow (medium), Cadmium Orange, Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red (medium), Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue or French Ultramarine Blue, Sap Green, Ivory Black, Raw Sienna, Titanium White.

BRUSHES come with short and long handles.  Short handles when starting out will give you more control and cost less.  Buy synthetic brushes that will range anywhere from $3 to $8 depending on the size.

If you don’t mind the smell you can use turpentine from the hardware store to wash you brushes.  If you want odorless solvent I recommend TURPENOID in the blue and white can available at art supply stores.

CANVAS PANELS are a good painting surface to begin with….not too expensive and they hold the paint well.

PALETTES come in all sizes and shapes.  My setup is the easiest and cheapest.  A piece of plexiglass about 10 x 12 inches wrapped with wax paper and secured with heavy duty spring clips.  At the end of you painting day you can just throw it away!  What could be easier.

Watch this short video for more info that may help you to jump into the wonderful world of painting!

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