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Liquitex "Basics"Acrylic Paint

From left to right: ( Top Row ) Titanium White, Cad Yellow Light, Cad Yellow Medium,

Yellow Oxide, Hooker's Green, Sap Green ( small tube ) Basics doesn't have a sap green.

( Bottom Row ) Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Aliziran Crimson, Dioxiane Purple, Ultramarine Blue,

( small tubes ) Academy Brand Orange, Golden Brand Orange. I use Academy Brand Orange

for my orange, and Academy Brand Thalo Green Light  - Liquitex doesn't make a

true orange or light green in the "Basics" brand.

( I forgot to add "Cad Red Medium and "Thalo Green Light" to the above picture )

Acrylic Palette Diagram & Basic Supplies List

( Slightly different from palette below  )




Natural "Hog's Hair" Brushes

( Can be used for acrylics or oils )

Note: Since I did this page, Michaels has discontinued the natural bristle brush in pic above

 ( clear, plastic handle with the green tip ).

They still carry some synthetic brushes until they sell out. I am now recommending the brushes in the picture

below this article ( instead of the ones with the green tips ) to my students for acrylic painting -

you can only buy them at Hobby Lobby.


Starting from left, 2 1/2 " hake brush, hand sewn so the hair won't come out. Some are machine stamped

metal - this brush is for covering large areas like the sky. Next, a cheap hog's hair bristle brush

( the big orange one, no. 12 ) I use this brush for bushes, grass, and dabbing on accent colors for flowers.

next to it is a smaller version, no.8 used for the same thing, but on a smaller scale. The next 7 brushes are

Langnickle's "Royal' brand and sell for $3.00 each. These hog's hair natural bristle brushes are good

starter brushs especially for beginners or anyone who is on a tight budget - they have served me well on

 many paintings. Michaels has discontinued  this brush - I don't know if Langnickle has stopped making

them or not. The handles are made of clear acrylic and have a nice rubber-like grip towards the ferrel end.

 From left to right, no's 12, 10, 8, 6, 2, and 4. These brushes are rounded at the end and are called filberts".

The ones I use most often are no's 10 and 6. The second and third skinny brushes on the right end are

"script-liner" brushes and are used for painting tree branches and tall grass and weeds - they are no's 2 and 4.

The small green brush on the end is a natural bristle fan brush and is an excellent brush  for painting short grass.

That black thing with a wooden handle on the top right is a "sponge" brush used widely for craft projects,

it is an excellent brush for painting skies and when you want a smooth gradation without any brush strokes.

I am using this brush more than my expensive hake brush for skies. They are very cheap and will last

thru several paintings if you rinse them out with water as soon as your through using them .


2009 Update: These are the brushes I now recommend to my

acrylic students and can only be bought at Hobby Lobby.

From top to bottom:

No. 10 flat or filbert bristle brush - "Master's Touch" brand.

No. 8  flat or filbert bristle brush - "Master's Touch" brand.

No. 6  flat or filbert bristle brush - "Master's Touch" brand.

No. 4  flat or filbert bristle brush - "Master's Touch" brand.

No. 2  flat or filbert bristle brush - "Master's Touch" brand.

          No. 1 round synthetic  brush - "Winsor & Newton, Galeria" brand.

No. 4  flat synthetic brush - any  brand.

No. 4  long, "rigger" synthetic brush - "American Painter" or another brand.




Synthetic Brushes & Misc Items

( Can be used for acrylics or oils )

The items on the right can be purchased at most art supply stores.

These brushes are synthetic and called "flats" are are flat at the end instead of round.

Michaels has discontinued  this brush, but may still have a few left. The handles are made of clear acrylic and

have a nice rubber-like grip towards the ferrel end. From left to right, No's 10, 8, 6, and 4 ( 2 of these are the

same size. ) I use no. 4 for a lot of things as well as mixing paint. The fluffy brush is a natural bristle brush and is

used for blending clouds, etc. Next to it is a a pk of charcoal pencils, black and white - an eraser called a

"kneeded" eraser comes with it ( shown above, right ). On the end is a box of soft, thin vine charcoal. Above on

top is my trusty little pallet knife ( metal with a wooden handle ) used for mixing paint and pallet knife painting

( mountains, rocks, sides of buildings and other textured surfaces.)




This is a cheap set of flat, natural bristle brushes. We use these brushes

to "dab" on leaves on trees and to paint bushes. We treat these brushes

rough, that's why I recommend this cheap set.  ( $7.00 ) at Hobby Lobby -

Michaels also sells this set.

This is a close-up view of the same set of brushes.




Cheap Set of Assorted Brushes in a Roll-up Canvas

( Can be used for acrylics or oils and sells for under $8.00 )



Acrylic Pallet Closed

( Sells for about $15.00 )



Acrylic Pallet Opened

( These pallets are also used for oil painting )



This is my Current Palette for Acrylic Painting

This is my current palette for acrylic painting. Starting from far left bottom corner

and going around the palette clockwise; Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light,

Cadmium orange, Cadmium Red,  Hookers Green ( I alternate between Hooker's

and Sap Green ) , Burnt Sienna, Burnt umber, Yellow Orchre, Dioxiane Purple,

Permanente Green Light, *Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, and Alarizan Crimson.

I saturated and folded wet Viva paper towels for my paint - this is a system

that Jerry Yarnell uses and works pretty good to keep your paints wet for weeks -

a lid seals the top of the palette and a wet, flat sponge goes inside to keep paints

moist. I also use white gesso for general tinting colors instead of wasting my

 Titanium White - I use TW for more intense whites and for highlights.

*Note:  Since I wrote this article over a year ago, I don't use Cobalt Blue except for more

impressionist paintings and for seascapes - I also use Cerrullian Blue, a sky blue from time to time.


Acrylic Palette Diagram & Basic Supplies List

( Slightly different from above Palette )





16 X 20" Stretched Canvas

 Can be used for acrylics or oils - I prefer Michael's brand because they're inexpensive

and have a smooth enough surface that you don't have to apply gesso - just unwrap

it and start painting. Another reason I use 16 x 20" canvas is because there is a wider

selection of 16 x 20" ready-made frames than any other size. I personally like 18 x 24"

size better, but ready-made frames are limited in this size. "Ready-made" frames are

frames that are already made for a particular size and are usually sold without glass -

just the open frame. Hobby Lobby has 50% off ready-made frames every-other week.

Garden Ridge also has a good variety of ready-made frames as well as Pottery Barn.




16 X 20" Stretched Canvas Label



Wooden Easel Folded

( Can be used for acrylics or oils - this one is "One Stroke" Brand and sells for about $15.00 at Michaels. )

Hobby Lobby also has a table top easel that's around $17.00 that is better than his one.



Wooden Easel Unfolded



Wooden Easel Standing

( The flat, wooden bar in the middle slides up and down

to fit different sizes canvases, but 16x20" fits it perfect.)



Miscellaneous Items

( Viva paper towels, Liquitex "Basics" Gesso, Clear Gloss medium,

small spray bottle, pencil sharpener )



My Painting Apron

( Acrylic paint will ruin your clothes if any gets on them - oil paint is even worse,

so use an apron or wear old clothes that you don't mind getting paint on. )



Jerry Yarnell's Acrylic Painting Books

( These are the books I teach acrylic painting from. Check out the link

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