Acrylic Painting Lessons
- Something to paint on – first choice is prepared artist canvas (prepared means primed ready to go)
or canvas streched on a frame, or canvas panels (thin canvas in cardboard) or partical board undercoated with white acrylic house paint. sizes:- 9×12, 11×14, 12×16, 14×18 inches are good sizes to start but any size will be ok.
- Paints – plenty of white student quality paint, I like to see beginners start with monocolor which is burnt umber.
From then we move on to the colors. The minimum colors are blue, warm yellow and crimson.
A set of colors is white, phthalo blue, cobalt blue, crimson, warm red, warm yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, viridian green,
- Brushes:- No need to buy expensive brushes. – Fan brush (medium size) – About a 1 or 1&1/2 inch common house painting brush - A round hog bristle brush, as big as you can get that is about 1/2 inch ferrel, not the pointed one. – A couple of flat hog bristle brushes, say 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch. – A fine hair brush for little twigs, not too small, about size 5. (Different brands have different sizes but most sizes are useful) – And a cranked painting knife.
- You will also need – rags – water – a pallete – somehow to steady and hold your painting -
- And don’t forget to wear old cloths, sit or stand comfortably and have good lighting and fresh air,
For a few more tips read the TIPS PAGE.