Adult Oil Painting
Class / 2008
Instructor: John Helms
Oil Painting Supplies List
You may want to print out this page for reference when buying
( Links to Watercolor and Acrylic Class Supplies List pages
are at the bottom of this page.)
Do NOT buy
a cheap “starter paint set” such as "Reeves brand" cheap paints are contaminated
with sediments and are a waste of money - like anything else, the better quality
paints and brushes may cost more, but are better quality and last longer. I recommend
any size of Winsor and Newton or Grumbacher paint.If
you are buying a paint set, such as "Georgian", 9 of these colors are in that set.
You can buy the ones that aren't separately.
- Sap Green
( $5.49 each....37Mil Tubes )
- Viridian Green
- Cadmium Yellow Light
- Cadmium Yellow Medium
- Yellow Ochre
- Naples Yellow
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- French Ultramarine Blue
- Cobalt Blue
- Cerulean Blue
- Alizarin Crimson
- Cadmium Red Medium
- Titanium White
- Raw Sienna and Raw Umber
( Acrylic ) Paint for under-painting – get “Liquitex Basics” brand.
Do not buy a cheap set of brushes,
because the hair will fall out . Also make sure they are hogs hair
bristle oil brushes with long handles.
There are short, flat-hair brushes called “Brights”and long, tapered-hair brushes
called “Filberts”- get the brushes with short, flat hair.
- Small & Medium Size Palette
Knives – the metal ones with wooden handles.
- Numbers 4, 6, and 10
Flat Acrylic Brushes for under-painting. "Royal" Brand are
$3.00 each and are clear plastic with a rubber grip-tan color.
- Numbers 4, 6, 8, and 10
Flat Hogs Hair Oil Brushes - Natural Color $3.00 each
- There is also an inexpensive assortment of small brushes
at Michaels wrapped in black canvas in a round plastic tube. It sells
for under $10 retail and is a good buy for the money. This is optional - not
- Number 4 or 5 Rigger Brush
( a long, thin brush for painting branches of trees and grass. )
- 12 x 16” Disposable Tear-off
Paper Palette – "Strathmore" brand is yellow and comes in a pad.
White plastic palette holder with blue lid to
keep oil paint from drying out- made for above palette. When you get home, put
"Vaseline" on the inside track of the top lid and also around the edge of the
white plastic palette - this will make it easier to open and close the lid.
( $15.99ea ).
Oil Painting Surface:
- 16 x 20” stretched canvas
( Michaels has regular sales on these – in Fine Art section ). ( 2pk.,
- 12 x 16” Canvas Pad (
Fredrix brand is yellow and comes in a pad – tear off at top ).
- A desk-top easel like
the ones Michaels sells for $15.00.( on isle with “One-Stroke”paint supplies).
“Liquitex” or “Basics” White Gesso – comes in
white plastic bottles - on paint isle. $7.99ea.
Emory cloth ( black in color ) for sanding down
dried layers of gesso on painting surface.
2” gesso brush or flat 3”disposable sponge brush
for priming canvas with gesso. ( $0.59ea )
– You’ll need all of these.
- Kneaded Eraser ( on graphics
supplies isle at Michaels and art supply stores.) $0.89ea.
- Liquin Oil Drying Medium
( a small bottle will go a long way-on paint isle.) $7.99ea.
- Thin or Medium, Soft Vine
Charcoal sticks-comes in small boxes. ( on Graphic Art isle at Michaels).
- Paper towels or rags-old
t-shirts make good painting rags, old clothes, or apron to paint in.
Odorless paint thinner – Mona Lisa brand
does not smell -on the paint isle at Michaels. ) $8.99ea.
- Art box, fishing tackle
box, or tool box with carrying handle for paints, brushes and misc. supplies.
( $5.00 on up )
- Small Color Wheel – usually
on paint isle in art supply stores and at Michaels.
- 1 lb. empty coffee can
with lid ( free after using it ) and an aluminum sink strainer ( Wal-Mart ) for cleaning brushes.
( $2.98 )
Art Supplies and Student Discounts:
Since art supplies are so expensive buy
them wherever you can find them on sale. Michaels Stores have a sale on art
supplies every other week, along with various craft items – the sales circular
usually comes in Sunday’s Commercial Appeal every other week and has a 40%
off any regularly priced item coupon in it. My students get a discount off their
art supplies- 10% at Michaels, 15% at The Art Center, and 20 to 25% off at Sherri’s
Discount Art if you show them your art supplies list. There is no student discount
at Hobby Lobby. Other sources for buying art supplies is
www.cheapjoes.com - both of them will also mail you a free catalogue if
you ask for it.
Recommended Artist Forums
on the Internet:
www.wetcanvas.com This is by
far the largest international forum on the internet for artists. There are many
channels on many categories to choose from
and in each
of these channels are many, many forums chock full with good information and
good artists to learn from. Any
artist on any level
of experience can benefit from these forums.
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