Acrylic Painter’s Supply List:

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Easel suitable for plein air.

Acrylic Paints:

Buy professional grade supplies. Student grade means that there is more filler, less pigment, which makes your job harder, and ultimately, isn’t cheaper. If you can, always buy professional grade. Favorite brands are M. Graham, Golden, Winsor Newton, and Liquitex. Utrecht and Blick are also good. There are student and professional grades for all of these lines. BUY PROFESSIONAL GRADE. Golden Open Acrylics are a slower drying acrylic. I really like them, but I like them as a last layer rather than for the whole painting. They are slightly less opaque.

• Titanium White. Consider buying Golden Open Acrylic White to slow the drying time.
• 1 warm red – Cadmium Red Light, Pyrole Red, W&N Permanent Red, Napthol Red. All good.
• 1 warm or neutral yellow – Cadmium Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Opaque, Bismuth Yellow, Primary Yellow, Permanent Yellow, Lemon Yellow. Liquitex sells Primary Yellow.
• 1 warm blue – Ultramarine or French Ultramarine Blue
• 1 cool red – Quinacridone Magenta, Primary Magenta, or Alizarin Crimson. I don’t buy Alizarin, because it is a fugitive color. It is beautiful, and useful, but not permanent. Liquitex sells Primary Magenta.
• 1 cool blue – Pthalo Blue, Prussian Blue, or Cyan. I love Cyan, or Primary Blue or Primary Cyan. Liquitex makes Cyan. Pthalo Blue is another good choice. They all work.

• Titanium Buff
• Yellow Ochre
• Burnt Umber
• Pthalo Green

• Golden Open Medium


• Flats or filberts. I prefer flats. 1/4″, 1/2″ 1″. Synthetic for ACRYLICS. I likes
Princeton 6300 line for acrylics. Blick synthetic brushes are also good choices. Just buy professional quality. DO NOT BUY HOG BRISTLES FOR ACRYLICS!

• 11×14 surface. You can buy canvas panels of all grades. I don’t really like painting on most of them, personally. I either buy masonite panels and prime them myself, or I buy Centurian Linen Panels, acrylic primed. Creative Coldsnow sells panels cut to size that you can prime yourself. I gesso mine with a house paint brush. I brush in several directions. I want the brush strokes to show – they add a nice texture to the painting. I don’t sand between coats. I prime with two to three coats. You can add some pumice to the gesso to get a little tooth on the board. Seal both sides. Most art stores sell already primed boards. You can also prime heavy paper for learning purposes. If you have loose canvas, you can cut it down to paint on. Cut it oversized. You can always mount it to board later. I don’t like most canvas panels or pads, but I love Centurian brand. If you want to buy a nice surface at a reasonable price, try the Centurian Acrylic Primed Linen tablets. You get 10 sheets of loose linen canvas. I buy mine from Jerrysartarama. You can buy canvas panels of all grades. I don’t really like painting on most of them, personally.

• Container with lid for your water.
• Palette knife
• Paper towels or rags
• Small sketchbook or index cards and pencil or pen for notans/thumbnails.