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!

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What Supplies do I need to start painting?

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! Sound good?!

1. Brushes

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.

10 pcs Paint Brush Set

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!

12 pcs Art Paint Brush Set

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.

Detail Paint Brush Set

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.

  1. You’re not using the right brush.
  2. You’re putting too much pressure down when you’re painting

You definitely want some liner brushes! You will be SO happy you did! 

2. Paint!

Craft paint. Any kind! It’s super cheap and available at your local Walmart or craft store.

What Supplies do I need to start painting? PAINT

My favorite brand is Deco Art. I also use a lot of colors from Michael’s CraftSmart brand as well as Apple Barrel that I get at Walmart. I have several colors listed in my Amazon store that you can check out here!

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 over time. 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!

What Supplies do I need to start painting? Mixed Media Pad

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?

What Supplies do I need to start painting?

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

  1. 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.”
  2. 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!

What Supplies do I need to start painting?

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.

What Supplies do I need to start painting?

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!

4. Canvases

People think that this is an expensive part of the supplies to start painting, but in reality, it is not at all! You do not need expensive canvases. The ones that come in multi-packs from Hobby Lobby or Michaels or in my Amazon store are all you need! They are already primed. and ready to go.

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.

5. Brush Cleaner

There are tons of choices when it comes to a brush cleaner and I am sure they are all great in their own way, but after using several over the years this is my personal favorite!

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!

What Supplies do I need to start painting? Paint Pens

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.

The first one is my gold paint pen which I have mentioned before because it’s just that awesome!

The second one is sharpie oil-based paint pens. I love these in white and black. You can get paint pens and all kinds of colors though and use them for accents in your paintings!

7. Palette Knives

Over the past year, I have really started exploring and playing around with palette knives.

I love the texture and rustic nature that palette knives give to paintings.

I may or may not be slightly obsessed with using them! Lol! You will see a lot of my artwork done with these palette knives! This is a great set to get started with. 

Be sure to check out my other blog all about Painting Palette Knife Flowers too! It has a FREE lesson for you!

If you want to have a little more insight on the supplies you need to start painting, jump over HERE to watch my Facebook Live!

If you are ready to take a deeper dive into fundamental acrylic painting techniques, check out my 4 day painting series – Basics in Acrylics!

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Now you’ve got your list of supplies to start painting,  you are ready to go!! Then be sure to join my FREE Facebook Group to share your work!  

Stay creative!