Acrylic Painting Materials List
Getting yourself set up with the right supplies is the first step! The following recommendations are all materials and brands I use myself and will use to demonstrate the classes. They will give you good results whilst still being affordable. This is a comprehensive list but you don’t need to get everything at once. You can add to your collection as you grow in confidence and as your budget allows.
If you already have your own materials at home or have purchased different brands that's no problem. Feel free to use what you have and simply choose the closest match to what I'm using in the tutorials.
P.S. I try to keep the links in the list as up to date as possible but suppliers will often change their websites. If you notice any links that are no longer working please let me know and I'll update them!
My favourite acrylic paint brand is Liquitex. They offer two different types of paint: Basics and Professional (Heavy Body). The Basics range is more affordable and perfect when you’re just starting out. The Professional Heavy Body range has higher quality pigments and they are well worth investing in as you progress if you want to treat yourself! You can buy the tubes of paint individually or if you’d prefer, you can purchase a set which usually includes a good selection of colours.
If you want buy individual tubes I'd recommend the following colours to get started:
- Primary Red or Napthol Crimson
- Cadmium Red Light
- Primary Blue or Cerulean Blue
- Ultramarine Blue
- Primary Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light
- Mars Black
- Titanium White
- Yellow Oxide
- Burnt Umber
Where To Buy Individual Tubes:
Liquitex Basics Acrylics
Liquitex Professional Heavy Body Acrylics
Where To Buy Paint Sets:
Basics Acrylics (Set of 24)
Basics Acrylics Starter Box (Set of 9)
Professional Heavy Body (Set of 12)
My preferred brushes are Daler Rowney System 3. They’re durable, affordable and comfortable to use. As with the paints, you can purchase individual brushes or sets which contain a range of shapes and sizes. Inside the membership you’ll find my full guide to different brushes and the marks they can make. You can start off with a basic range and add to your collection as you grow
Recommended Brush Set
Daler Rowney System 3 Classic Brush Set
This is a great brush set with a handy case. The only additional brush you may want to purchase is a Fan brush which isn’t included.
Smaller Brush Sets:
System 3 Brush Set (500)
Daler Rowney System 3 Wallet Set 501
I’d recommend getting both set 500 and 501 to give you a full range.
Stiff Bristle Brush
It can also be handy to have one to two ‘cheap’ stiff bristle brushes in your kit. These are great for texture and splatter effects. A medium (Size 4 or 5) Bristle Brush like this one from Art Discount would work well.
Art Discount Bristle Brushes
Buying Individual Brushes:
You can also purchase brushes individually and simply select the exact shapes and sizes you want. (The lower the number, the smaller the brush). I’d recommend that you have Round, Flat and Filbert brushes in a few different sizes. If budget allows, I’d also recommend a few specialist brushes such as Angle Shader, Script and Fan brushes. These aren’t essential but they will be helpful when you get to more complex projects.
All Daler Rowney System 3 Brushes at Jackson’s Art Supplies
Select a brush style from the dropdown menu to see available sizes.
Long Handle Brushes
Short Handle Brushes
Acrylic paints will work on lots of different surfaces but the most popular choices are acrylic paper, canvas board or stretched canvas.
Acrylic Paper & Artboard
Perfect for painting at home and affordable. Acrylic paper is more affordable but can sometimes buckle if you use lots of paint. Acrylic artboard offers a more robust surface and is what I will use for most of my tutorials.
Daler Rowney Acrylic Artboard Pad
Sturdy and a great surface to paint on with A4 and A3 size options available.
Hahnemuhle Acryl Acrylic Paper
This is the best quality acrylic paper I’ve used and is much sturdier than other brands.
Canvas Board & Stretched Canvas
As you progress you may want to step up from paper and artboard. Canvas board has a sturdier painting surface and comes in a range of different sizes. Stretched canvases consist of a wooden frame with primed canvas stretched over to give a stable surface to paint on.
Liquitex Glazing Medium
As you progress to more advanced tutorials I’ll show you my signature techniques for glazing to create depth and vibrancy. This is well worth the investment when you’re ready to try out acrylic glazes.
For an easy palette you can use things like old plastic tubs/ice cream lids! With acrylics you do tend to mix a lot of paint so if you buy a palette get yourself one that is big enough with a few different sections. I use the palette linked below.
I always recommend having a space where you can just explore ideas and test techniques. The perfect place for this is a sketchbook. Acrylic paints are heavy so you’ll want a sketchbook with paper that is at least 170gsm. Wire bound sketchbooks are often easier as they stay open when drying.
Drawing Board/Table Easel (optional)
Depending on your setup at home you may want to use a Drawing Board or Easel when painting to give yourself a stable surface to work on.
Choose one that is sturdy and won’t tip over. An old mug or jam jar is perfect!
Pencil and Rubber
For sketching out your paintings.
Rags/ Paper Towels
You’ll want something to hand to wipe your brush on and clean up any spillages!
I’d recommend having an apron or old shirt when painting.
Handy to speed up your drying times!
Masking / Painter’s Tape (optional)
Great for keeping the edges of your paintings neat and tidy.
I like to use Frog Tape:
Or Delicate Surface Painters Tape:
Palette Knives (optional)
Great for mixing colours easily and can be used for painting too!