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I know a lot of people who want to get into painting but are sort of unsure about it. So, today I’m going to be talking about acrylic painting for beginners who may not know where to start!
Luckily, when I decided that I wanted to start painting, I already knew a bit about the supplies needed because my mom was already painting.
But I know that it can be sort of confusing to know what supplies you need, which brands to choose from, and just where to begin in general.
Today I thought I’d share the absolute must-have acrylic painting supplies for beginners – plus some extras!
(All of these are pretty inexpensive too!)
• Acrylic paints
Obviously, you’re going to need acrylic paints. But there are so many options to choose from and you’re probably wondering which ones to choose.
Liquitex is one of my favorite brands and this 48-piece set is a perfect choice, in my opinion. You’ll get so many colors and the price is great for the value. My other tip is that you might want to get an extra tube of white like this one because white is the color you’ll probably go through the quickest!
Another obvious thing you’ll need is brushes! I’ve tried out 5 sets of brushes and I 100% recommend this set of 12 from Arteza. There’s a chance you might want to add a few brushes to it in the future, but this set will definitely have everything you need and more when you’re getting started. Plus, the price is amazing for the quality of the brushes!
I do a lot of canvas paintings, on stretched canvas or canvas panels. But I also use other random things like vinyl records, fabric, or paper sometimes. I also have a few wood projects that I’m planning on doing. There are many options when it comes to painting and you can get really creative with it.
Of course, you can choose whichever surface you want, but I recommend this set of cotton stretched canvas because I enjoy painting on stretched canvas the most and these are pretty inexpensive.
But here are some other things I recommend:
You need something to pour your paints on when you’re using them. I know some people use paper plates but if you don’t want to waste a bunch of plates, then a simple palette set like this one will work just fine. When you’re done painting, you can rinse them off and you’re good to go!
• Container of water
The last must-have you need is a container full of water to rinse your brushes in. I just use a regular mason jar like these but you can use any container, of course! You’ll also want a rag or paper towels to dry your brush with.
Optional (but helpful) supplies:
• Brush cleaner
A brush cleaner helps preserve your bristles and gets all of the leftover paint out of them. There are tons of brush cleaners out there, but this one is my personal favorite and I definitely recommend it. All you do is wet your brush, rub it around the container, and then rinse it off. Plus I like the way it smells which is always nice, haha.
Varnish is a topcoat that protects your finished paintings, so it’s always a good idea to use it. I personally recommend this Liquitex Matte varnish because I prefer a matte finish, but they have a glossy option as well!
I personally just lay out newspaper on a table and paint that way. But I know a lot of people prefer to use easels all the time. This is the easel that I have, but it’s just a tabletop easel.
• Palette knives
Palette knives are used for mixing paint colors on a palette, which is useful. But they’re also used for applying a thick, textured paint look, which is awesome. There’s not necessarily a palette knife set that I prefer, but I have this one here if you want to check ’em out!
• Paint pens
I wrote a whole post about these because I love Posca paint pens soo much! They are so useful for different things like adding detail, working on small paintings, and outlining. They work well on any surface that acrylic paint is used on too, including canvas. I’ve tried many different brands of paint pens and Posca paint pens are definitely my favorite!
• Art prompts
Art prompts can help you step out of your comfort zone, challenge your creativity, plus you won’t have to think of ideas when it comes to what to paint. 😊 I created a book, 365 Art Prompts, which provides you with a year of drawing, painting, or writing prompts plus a space to create each day!
What do you think of this list? What is your advice on acrylic painting for beginners? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!