What Supplies do I need to Start Painting?
Hey guys! Want to know what supplies you need to get started on your journey to learn how to paint!?
Well, you are in luck! I am going to show you exactly what supplies you need to get going and start painting. So if your brand new here, or you have no idea where to start, this is for you!
We're Gonna Talk all About the Supplies to Start Painting Now!
First, I will tell you more about what brushes you need, canvas, mixed media pads, and all the stuff that you need to get started in your painting journey!
Then, in the video below, you can see them all in action! I will even show you a few different brush strokes so you know what brush to use depending on what you’re wanting to do in your painting!
It can be a little overwhelming when you first start brush shopping. I’ve gone through a lot of different brushes while trying to figure out what I like best. So I’m going share with you a few things to look for when shopping and the brushes I love. The best part…they’re not very expensive at all!
A lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money on art supplies, and you really don't.
There are some great affordable brush sets out there that you do not have to spend $30 on one paintbrush. That’s not what we’re trying to do here. I just want you to get painting!! Find that creative person I know that is inside of you!
The first thing you need to know about acrylic paint brushes, is that you want synthetic bristles. Taklon is usually what you’ll see in the description. It doesn’t matter whether it’s white or golden. You do not want natural hair paintbrushes when you’re painting with acrylics. This is because they don’t hold the paint the way that you need them to. It’s just gonna be a headache for you.
These liner brushes are absolutely essential if you want to have fine skinny lines. So if you struggle with being heavy handed and you can’t get the fine lines like you want, it’s probably two things.
- You’re not using the right brush.
- You’re putting too much pressure down when you’re painting
You definitely want some liner brushes! You will be SO happy you did!
Craft paint. Any kind! It’s super cheap and available at your local Walmart or craft store.
The thing to remember here is that it really doesn’t matter if you have the exact colors because you can mix them. You can start with a small collection of paint and add to it overtime. Some of them start as low as $.50 a piece!
The craft paint does not need to be a special finished. You’ll see some with matte or satin and I just buy the regular old craft paint. Nothing special. So again, the investment is not big on getting you started.
3. Mixed Media Pad
Think of this as a big sketchbook for painting. Mine is an 11 x 14 and it has a ton of pages. I LOVE IT!
A lot of times we get in our head about painting, right?? We’re like, “I’m not an artist, I’ve never done it so I can’t do it.” And that’s a big fat lie!!
You can just use the proof of the women inside of my group! Some of these women have never painted before and now they’re teaching paint classes! They’re making art, hanging it in their homes, selling it to people, and even starting their own businesses and just being proud of themselves for learning something new!
You can paint too, it just takes practice! So, what does all this have to do with a mixed media pad?
A mixed media pad is so important, especially if you are just getting started on your painting journey.
It’s hard to expect to just look at a painting and know how to paint it correctly. It takes steps. It takes breaking it down. It takes practicing the brush strokes. I show you a lot of brush strokes and you may not get it the first time, and that’s OK. That’s why it’s so awesome to have a mixed media pad, because
- You’re not attached to it. You’re not all up in your head saying “this is a piece of art, I have to hang on the wall.”
- This is like a sketch pad. It doesn’t matter how many pages you use to get the brush strokes right. This is how you learn to become a better artist!
I compare it to this. When I was in art college we had to do at least five pages of sketching before we could submit a piece of art as a final piece, it was part of the assignment.
You have to work through the process. You cannot expect to just pick up a brush and instantly know how to paint. If you do then – hallelujah! You are blessed! However, for most people, it’s a process that you have to practice at, just like anything else in life!
I use two main sizes for most of my artwork. My favorite sizes are 11″x14″ and 16″x20″. If you want some additional sizes you can add those as you go but I recommend these for your supplies to start painting.
All you have to do is wet your brushes, swish them around on the hard soap and rinse them. It helps preserve and condition your bristles as well!
6. Paint Pens
I LOVE paint pens!! You know those really pesky fine lines that you struggle with. A paint pen can solve that problem for you!
It works way better than a sharpie and is going to leave you a finish on your painting that looks like paint. If you use a sharpie it’s not going to look the same. This is why I have added paint pens to my list of supplies to start painting.
I have a few of my favorite paint pens to share with you below.
I love the texture and rustic nature that palette knives give to paintings.
Now you’ve got your list of supplies to start painting, you are ready to go!!