Oil Painter’s Supply List:

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Oil Paint Supply List

1. Easel suitable for plein air. See website.

2. Oil 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.

• Titanium White.

• 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

• 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.

• 1 cool blue – Pthalo Blue, Prussian Blue, or Cyan. I love Cyan, or Primary Blue or Primary Cyan. It is only made by a few companies. Pthalo Blue is another good choice. They all work.

Optional Paint Colors:
• Titanium Buff
• Yellow Ochre
• Gray
• Burnt Umber

3. Mediums for oils:

• Gamsol Odorless Thinner. This thins your paints and washes your brushes. Gamsol is the best choice because it dissipates the slowest, and has the lowest odor. Solvents are not healthy, so we should use the healthiest product and limit our exposure.

• Container for solvent, with lid.

• Optional: I also use Gamblin Gel Medium. There are lots of good mediums – Liquin, NeoMelgip, Permalba Gel.

• For this workshop we are using solvents. You can get by without solvents. M. Graham Walnut oil is the most common alternative. You clean your brushes with it and thin your paint with it. There are also water soluble oil paints, and water soluble mediums.

4. Brushes:


• Flats or filberts. I prefer flats. 1/4″, 1/2″ 1″. Princeton 6300 is my favorite line for all mediums. Use synthetic for ACRYLICS. I likes Princeton 6300 line or Blick synthetics for acrylics or oils. For OILS, I also like hog bristles. Utrecht Rennish brushes, Dick Blick Masterstroke are good brushes. Just buy professional quality.

5. Surfaces:


• 11×14 surfaces. 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, usually acrylic primed.  Creative Coldsnow sells panels cut to size that you can prime yourself. I gesso mine with a housepaint brush, with brushstrokes going in all directions. I prime at least twice. I like the brushstroke texture. You can add some pumice to the gesso to get a little tooth the 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.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.

6. Palette

7. Paper Towels or rags

8. Palette knife

9. Small sketchbook or index cards, and pencil or pen for notans/thumbnails.