When making supply choices, save your pennies by purchasing economical brushes and canvases, but try not to scrimp when it comes to purchasing your paints – professional quality colors will give you real power in your color punch!
If you’re just learning and not ready to invest fully, student grade brands are fine, but splurge at least on a few of your favorite colors. I recommend Ultramarine Blue Deep, your Transparent Oxide Yellow by Rembrandt, Cadmium Yellow Light, Titanium White, and Ice Blue by Richeson.
You can find all my favorite brands for paints and many of my supplies on my Nancy's Favorite Things Page here.
For Canadian Students, here are some good resources for supplies: Deserres - shop here
For Canadian Students who also wish to purchase Richeson Shiva colors Ice Blue and Brilliant Yellow, you can shop here
OPTIONAL FUN COLORS
What does Medium* do?
It makes your paint glide, and makes it juicy.
What does Solvent* do?
Solvent strips paint, erases paint, and cleans paint off your brushes.
*Be sure to always use containers with lids that are leakproof for your medium
and solvent when painting.
You can find low odor fast drying Archival Lean Medium by Chroma, my favorite, at Dick Blick. A nice substitute that dries more slowly is a combination of Refined Linseed Oil (half) mixed with Turpenoid (half). You only need about an inch of medium in a small container when painting. I recommend the little glass jars that pimentos come in, or a small 2-inch diameter hard plastic container. Your medium lasts longer if you don’t touch your brush to the bottom of the medium container when you use it. You can pour your medium right back into the medium bottle when you’re done each day, and seal it safely with Saran wrap over the top before screwing the cap back on.
Good solvent choices available in the United States include Gamsol, Turpenoid, and Mona Lisa. You can find most brands at your local art or craft store, or online. A great container for solvent is an empty 1-pint Talenti gelato container with a kitchen scrubby in the bottom to serve as a screen. NEVER use odorless mineral spirits from the hardware store, it is dangerous when used indoors.
PALETTE MAP FOR OILS
Cobalt Blue Light
Ultramarine Blue Deep