Express your Artistic Soul

By - Lars Nilsson

Must-have Art Materials to Get Started with Painting

Are you looking to try your hand at painting and wondering what materials and supplies you need? Purchasing art materials has to do with personal choice, goals, the technical requirements of your medium and no small amount of cash.

Art materials can get expensive, and you don’t wish to lose cash on things you do not require. However whether you paint in watercolours or oils, are a newbie or pro, there are specific materials you desire.

Consider the following materials for a start:

Supply of Graphite pencils

Most of the time you’ll sketch your subject (or a minimum of the more difficult parts of it) before pulling out the paints. That’s why it’s essential to have a trustworthy set of graphite pencils.

No need to go wild; three or 4 are enough. Just be sure to get a 2B for basic sketching and shading, a 6B for creating dark shadows and a 4H for lighter shading.

Kneaded eraser

Yes, you require a white eraser for wiping off mistakes, especially if you want to begin the sketch over. However, you want a kneaded eraser too. These soft, flexible, putty-like blobs can be shaped in different methods so you can erase small information or create subtle shading. Plus they likewise do not leave any annoying “crumbs” behind.

Supply of Drawing paper

You do not require elegant sketching paper to draw like a pro, and you do not have to start with canvas materials in Sydney. An affordable sketch pad will do you just fine.

Painting paper pads

After you have finished your sketches, you’ll wish to begin painting on heavier paper stock. The best option for you depends upon the kind of paint you prepare to utilise.

If watercolours are your jam, the most convenient alternative is a pre-stretched pad. Otherwise, you’ll need to extend the paper yourself, which includes soaking each sheet in water and taping it to board until it dries and prevents paint from pooling.

For acrylics, you have two choices: canvas or heavyweight acrylic paper. Paper pads can conserve your space. They’re likewise slightly less expensive than canvas, so you may feel freer to experiment with brand-new strategies. However cloth is stiffer than paper, so it will continuously lay flat, even when you’re painting outdoors. Bottom line: Attempt both, and see which one matches your design.

Painting Palette

Here’s another standard supply where you do not need to get too spendy. You can get an economical plastic paint combination, perfect for watercolours or acrylics, at Michael’s, Walmart or your local art supply shop. Synthetic combinations are easier to clean, too!

Painting brushes

If you’re painting in acrylics, these are the brushes that you want on your palette:

  • A filbert for basic painting (a size 6 is best for medium size paintings).
  • A flat wash brush (1 inch), mainly for painting backgrounds.
  • A small liner brush for some detailing work

For watercolours, your  go-to brushes include the following:

  • A medium or large sized flat brush ( 3/4 inch), mainly for washes
  • A round brush (size 8, 10 or 14)
  • A liner brush (size 6), for smaller sized detail.

Art Paint

You don’t require a gazillion paint tubes to produce lovely art, particularly if you’re a newbie. This holds for watercolours, oils or acrylics. All you indeed need is at least one tube each of blue, red, brown and yellow. You can mix them to develop brand-new hues.

So there you have it — a couple of things that you ought to consider when you buy art materials for painting. With these basics, you can start creating your work of art in addition to some experiments.