Today we are going to touch the base and talk about Acrylic Painting Supplies for Beginners.
You can’t start your painting journey without proper tools. However, art materials shopping can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Just because there are so many different paints, brushes, palettes and other tools you are not even familiar with.
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I remember my first steps in the art supplies shop – I almost lost my mind! I wanted it ALL without even knowing what exactly I need to start. If you know what I’m talking about, or you just looking to fill in the gaps in this matter, this article is for YOU!
First of all, take it easy! Don't try to buy it all at once, first figure out what you need. Second, always compare prices and don't forget about online shopping, because most of the time the same items cost 10-50% cheaper online (for example on Amazon) than in your local art store.
NOTE: this post is about art supplies for painting, and if you are looking for pouring supplies, check out this article - Acrylic Paint Pouring Supplies – Essentials and Fancy Add-ons
Now, let's discuss some essentials!
Essential Acrylic Painting Supplies for Beginners
These four listed below are absolutely essential for starting:
1. Acrylic Paint. First things first – you need the paint. The good one. The one, that is just right for your needs. It’s a very important yet a very hard choice. Heavy or soft body? Colors? Brand? Grade? To get answers to all these questions, I highly recommend you to dive deep into these posts: Acrylic Paint Definition, Acrylic Paint Basic Palette, Paint Body Explanation and Student VS Artist Grade – all you need to know before Paint Shopping.
2. Painting brushes. Painting brush is your magic stick in the world of painting. It's essential even for those who work in pouring or airbrush technique. There are dozens of different kinds, shapes, sizes of brush – easy to get lost. But once you find your perfect set, and learn how to use it, you will advance to the next level of your art experience. To get started, go ahead and read this complete Painting Brush Guide.
3. Painting Surface. You can’t get away without it because you need something to paint on. There are multiple Supports suitable for acrylics. Canvas and Canvas Paper are the most popular ones. The choice depends on their characteristics and your goals.
4. Palette. Unless you splash or pour your paint right on the painting surface, you need a palette. Just like with any other art supply, there are quite a few to choose from. To make a deliberate choice, you need to get familiar with this Paint Palette guide.
Level Up ⇒ Add-ons
As you grow and develop your painting skills, try to add these tools to your art routine. This will make a huge impact on the whole process of painting and will help you express your creativity even more.
5. Painting knives and Palette knife. Painting knife allows you to create incredible textured effects. Palette knife is meant for mixing paint on the palette. Check out this Painting Knife and Palette Knife article to find out more about these amazing tools.
6. Easel. It's important to set up your art workspace to make your painting process as comfortable and as effective as possible. And easel is a quite essential add-on, especially if you paint a lot. Find out why you need it and what are the types of easel here - Easel for Painting, and here you can find some tips on how to organize the workspace.
7. Acrylic Mediums. Adding acrylic medium, like gel, modeling texture paste, glazing medium etc, to your paint is a way to make it even more versatile. You can find info about different types of it in the Acrylic Paint Medium guide. Give it a try and I promise, you are going to love the outcome!
8. Gesso. Gesso is a primer that prepares the surface for painting. It dries hard, making the surface stiffer. To find out why and how to use it, read about Gesso Primer for Acrylic Painting.
9. Varnish. Are you at that point where you want to save some of your paintings, give as a gift or sell? Well, then you just have to start using Varnish. Varnish is a protective blanket for your painting's longevity. To learn more about it, review this Varnish for Painting article.
10. Scraping tools and Sponges. These are irreplaceable instruments for the creation of unique textured effects. Mostly used in abstract painting. Sponges are amazing for creating uneven color textures, while scraping tools combine very well with gels and modeling pastes. Read more here.
11. Masking Tape. Masking tape or Artist's tape is made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper. It is used to mask off areas that should not be painted.
Let the Creativity begin!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to the Acrylic Painting Supplies for Beginners.
There are always many options for different levels and budgets. Start with the basics and slowly add to it one thing at the time.
And remember, at the end of it, art is not about tools and supplies. It's about how it makes you feel. Learn, practice, experiment, have fun and never ever be afraid to fail.
Art is not a thing, it is a way.
- Elbert Hubbard
So find your way and never give it up.
If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below