Painting Supplies and Materials – A Basic List. These are the supplies I use in each and every painting tutorial unless otherwise noted.
My most used painting supplies are not expensive or hard to get. I have linked to some but many you can find in your local hobby or art supply stores. Michaels, Hobby Lobby and JoAnns all carry many of these supplies.
Amazon is a great resource for me as I live over an hour away from any of the craft/hobby stores and the savings in time and fuel make that prices comparable if not better.
That being said here is a run down of what I use…
I use Donna Dewberry one stroke brushes and they work great. The ones I am using now are over 2 years old and they are performing well to this day.
The secret is keeping them clean. I have an entire post on cleaning your brushes and how I keep mine in tip top shape. Click here to visit Basic Brush Care I will link to this again at the end of this post.
My most used brush for roses is the size 12, then 10 Donna Dewberry flat brushes.
I use smaller 8, 6, and 4 flat brushes for smaller flowers. I also use the Loew Cornell or Royal Majestic filbert brushes for other types of flowers. The individual tutorials will always tell you what brush I am using for that particular flower.
I use a nice liner brush for vines, lining lettering and small details.
I have used all three major brands of craft acrylics.
The Delta Ceramcoat works the best for me for lettering, the consistency is a bit more fluid but with good opacity.
I have used mostly Folk Art paint as it was what I started with in Donna Dewberry’s books but any of these 3 brands will work well for you.
Right now I am loving the Plaid FolkArt Multi Surface acrylics, they have a more satin sheen than the regular acrylics though I still use those as well. The Multi Surface can be painted on wood, glass and metals too.
For Lettering on my signs I like to use Delta Ceramcoat brand (also sold by Plaid) , it just seems to flow a bit easier from the brush without adding water but it has great pigmentation.
You can find these at most hobby/craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn’s.
If you don’t live in the U.S. here is a link to International Distributors: Plaid Online International
Just this past year I have delved into Fine Art, namely Impressionism and for that I have been using Golden Artist Acrylics. I have been using mostly the Heavy Body ones but the past few months I have been adding the Golden Fluid Acrylics to my collection and I am in love!
The Fluid Acrylics are the smaller bottles, they come in larger sizes too. I get mine at Dick Blick.
Cleaning tools and Supplies
I have found that the caddy/brush basin works best for getting my brushes thoroughly clean rather than a jar or plain tub of water. The ribs in the bottom really get the paint out of the bristles and ferrule.
You can tell mine is well used.
Many times I use a picture frame with glass in it, a styrofoam plate (not eco friendly so I have stopped using them for the most part) or the Palette Paper. But for the most part lately I have been using my Mastersons Stay Wet palette. I use this most with the Golden Acrylics though I use it also for the FolkArt acrylics too if I know I will be painting on a subject for a long period of time. This palette keeps your paints from drying out faster than you wish.
For transferring any design to my painting surface I use graphite paper, the marks will come off readily with the magic rub eraser. The graphite paper gets used over and over again so not a lot of investment here.
Transfer paper also comes in white for using on dark surfaces. For beginners laying out the design before starting on your project can make painting go smoother. Even if you hand draw, it works best for me to draw it out on paper then transfer it to my surface.
I did say you can paint on glass with the Multi Surface paints but my ‘go to’ paint for painting on glass are the Plaid FolkArt Enamels, just so you know and I use the glass specific brushes though many use the regular brushes as well.
To finish off my signs and paintings I coat them a few times with Rustoleum Spar Urethane Outdoor. This gives a weather tight seal so you can hang them outdoors. You must coat both the back and front for the outdoor signs. It comes in many finishes, Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin and Matte. This is also available at Home Depot.
Also a fabulous place to paint is not necessary but oh so wonderful if you can pull it off.
My studio and painting haven.