'Getting Started' Materials List
Getting yourself set up with the right supplies is the first step! These are all materials and brands I’ve used myself and will give you good results whilst still being affordable. As you grow in confidence I’m sure you’ll want to add more to your collection but you can do so when you feel ready and as your budget allows. Occasionally I’ll suggest extra tools or materials for particular techniques but this list is everything you’ll need to get started.
The links provided are just suggestions. If you want to purchase different brands or have your own supplies at home that's completely fine. I always encourage you to work with what you have!
Some great places to buy art materials online are:
Art Discount - https://artdiscount.co.uk/
Jackson's Art - https://www.jacksonsart.com/
Artway - https://www.artway.co.uk/
Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/ (You can often find great deals with fast delivery but be wary of the quality and avoid buying any really cheap paints from unknown brands!)
What you'll need
My favourite brands for acrylics are Daler Rowney and Winsor & Newton. Both offer two different types of paint: Student Quality and Artist Quality. If you’re just getting started I’d recommend student quality. As you progress you may decide you’d like to invest in artist quality paints. You can buy tubes of paint individually but to start I’d recommend a set. You’ll soon learn which colours you use the most and can add to your range as you develop.
Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylic Paint Set
Winsor & Newton Galleria Acrylic Paint Set
Daler Rowney Graduate Acrylic Set
For acrylic paints the best brushes are those with synthetic bristles. You can buy brushes individually but if you’re just starting out I’d keep it simple and get yourself a set which has all the important brush shapes ready for you. Like with the paints, you’ll soon discover which brushes suit you best.
Daler Rowney System 3 Classic Brush Set
Daler Rowney System 3 Brush Wallet
Acrylic paints will work on lots of different surfaces but the most popular choices are acrylic paper, canvas board or stretched canvas.
Acrylic paper or artboard (recommended when you’re just getting started!)
Perfect for painting at home and affordable. You can get acrylic paper and artboard in pads of different sizes. I’ll be using acrylic paper and board for most of my tutorials. Acrylic paper is more affordable but can buckle if you use lots of paint. Acrylic artboard offers a more robust surface.
Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Pad
Daler Rowney Acrylic Artboard Pad
Canvas board is a nice step up from acrylic paper with a sturdier painting surface. You can get boards in a range of different sizes.
You can get stretched canvases in a range of sizes. They consist of a wooden frame with primed canvas stretched over to give a stable surface to paint on. Whilst it is lovely to paint on a proper canvas the downside is that they are more expensive and do take up a lot of space.
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.
Winsor & Newton Heavyweight Wiro Sketchbook A4
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. You can also buy disposable tear-off palette pads made of coated paper which can be quite handy.
Oblong Plastic Palette
Winsor & Newton Tear-Off Palettes https://artdiscount.co.uk/collections/palettes/products/winsor-newton-tear-off-palettes
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!
Acrylic paint is tough to get off your clothes so I’d recommend having an apron or old shirt when painting
Masking/ Painter’s Tape (optional)
Great for keeping the edges of your paintings neat and tidy.
(optional) Palette Knives
Great for mixing colours easily and can be used for painting too!
(optional) Drawing Board/Table easel
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.
Art Essentials Portable Drawing Board
Art Discount Table Easel