OIL PAINTING SUPPLY LIST
Any suitable support for oil. This includes panels of cotton or linen, wood, cradled canvas with gallery wrapped edges, or a manufactured substrate. I typically paint on canvas panels. From this link you can choose your favorite size. I like the 5x7, 8x10, or 11x14 because these are popular frame sizes that makes framing easier.
☐ Oil Paint:
You will need a variety of “solvent free” oil paints. Paint names can differ from brand to brand. I use the M. Graham which are solvent free, but not water soluble. The Artisan Brand by Windsor and Newton are solvent free and water soluble. Click on the brand you prefer and use the pull down menu to choose your colors and add to your cart. Choose the .5 or .71 tubes except for Titanium and Ivory Black where you might prefer the larger size tube.
M. Graham Colors:
Click the link above and choose your colors from the drop down menu and place in your cart and remember the separate links at the bottom of the list for the mediums.
Naphthol or Cadmium Red
Hansa Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Pthalocyanine Blue (not red or green shade)
Transparent Red Oxide
Artisan Water Mixable Colors:
Click the link above and choose your colors from the drop down menu and place in your cart and remember the link at the bottom for the medium.
Cadmium Red Hue
Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
Permanent Sap Green
A variety of brushes are essential. I recommend Rosemary & Company Brushes as they will give you the absolute best start and that's important when you are learning oil painting. You will need to first decide if you want long or short handles. I use all long handles for my oil painting.
Here are links to my recommendations:
Classic Short Flats These are a mix of hog and synthetics and they behave better than hog bristle. You'll need a couple #4 and #6 and a #8
Classic Long Flats The longer bristles give you a different application with a softer feel. You'll like a #4, #6
Evergreen Filberts You will enjoy using a couple of filberts in your work. Sizes #4, #6, #8
Evergreen Rounds A couple of round brushes will give you what you need for some detail. Sizes #2, #4, #6
A soft brush for blending. I like the Mundy Mop in a size1"
To round out the brushes you'll need Riggers for things like tree branches and little lines. The Evergreen Rigger in a #0 and a #2
☐ Palette Knives:
Palette knives are used for mixing paint and frequently to apply paint to the canvas or scrape paint off the canvas. My 2 favorites are a small one, ½" x 1" and a slightly larger/longer one, ½" x 2 ½". I prefer the most flexible metal knives. Plastic or stiff knives will not usually function well. My preference is the knives with the straight edge, but you may prefer others. Here's my Rosemary Palette knives link.
Oil painting is done in a vertical manner on an easel. If you have a tabletop easel you may bring it to class. There are too many to describe with costs from $10 to $10,000. You may eventually need more than one. One for your studio work and one for your plein aire work if you choose to do that. To begin, choose one that will be sturdy enough that you can apply a bit of pressure without it collapsing, falling over, or the panel/canvas moving as you paint.
A palette holds the paint while you are working. Like easels there are dozens of kinds. I prefer the simplest kind as I am not one to want to hold the palette while I paint. I use a simple piece of glass with a neutral backer in the studio and paper palettes to travel.
Additional Items you may want:
☐ Soft pencil
☐ White vinyl eraser
☐ 12" Plastic see through ruler
☐ I use a metal holder for a retractable, single edge razor blade to scrape paint off my glass palette
☐ Paper towels
If using water mixable brands:
☐ Small fine pump (not trigger) spray bottle with water for water soluble oils
☐ 1 quart container for water if using water soluble oils
This may not be all that you will use, but it will give you a great start.
OTHER ITEMS YOU MIGHT LIKE:
If you have arthritic hands like I do, you might find this paint tube opener handy. It works on different size lids and make the process so much easier.
This is extremely helpful in keeping your paint concentrated at the top of the tube to prevent potential drying out and also helpful to get every last bit of precious paint out of the tube.
If you have any questions about the supplies please feel free to email me at: