I already made a post about my graphite drawing supplies, and now I'm now I'm covering what I use when I work in acrylics.
Again I'm starting with the surface. My last several pieces have been made on Fredrix Green Label canvases, which are Belgian Linen canvases. The artist Lisa Clough of Lachri Fine Art turned me on to them through her videos. I've also used a brand called Art Alternatives.
I can't write a post about acrylic painting supplies without talking about the paints themselves. I've been using Liquitex paint almost ever since I started painting in acrylics. I started with their Basics line and I still have many tubes of it. I also occasionally use Liquitex's Heavy Body line. Lastly, I've started to use the Standard Series line from a brand called Amsterdam, which is part of a larger line called Royal Talens. I've found it to be similar to Liquitex Basics, but with a slightly different color range. There are a lot of transparent colors in this line, so it's great if you like to glaze.
For brushes, I use the Princeton Select line. There's no special reason for that, except that they work, I can afford them, and I store I go to carries them. There are four types of brushes I have to have. The first are round brushes(top). These are for making lines that are thicker than what I would make with a liner brush(second from top), which is for making the thinnest lines possible. The third of these brushes is a filbert(third from top). I have these in several sizes. I use them for pretty much everything that I don't use either a round brush or a liner brush for. Because of their round edges, filberts are really good for keeping your brush strokes from showing. The last of my must have brushes are mop brushes(bottom). These are unique in that they are never used for scooping up paint from the palette and applying it to the canvas. Instead they're used for smoothing out brush strokes and blending shades into each other when paint is on the canvas. Like my filberts, I have these brushes in several sizes ranging from very large to very small.
I like to thin my paint with something before I put it on the canvas a lot of the time, so for that I use a matte mixing medium. The one I'm currently using is from Liquitex.
I can't forget my palette. I use a glass palette from artist and craftsman supply. It's super easy to clean, even when paint is dry. I used to use wooden palettes, but I was turned on to glass when I experienced how nice it was too paint on in my painting class at the San Diego Art Academy. I can honestly say, I don't think I will ever go back to wood again. Maybe I will do another blog post about wooden palettes vs glass palettes.
I use a palette knife to mix my paint. There are many different shapes and sizes of palette knives. You can also use a palette knife to paint, but I personally don't use that technique. At least not now.
I also need paper towels and something to keep my water in. I use an empty yogurt container. I got the idea from my painting class at the San Diego Art Academy. Because the container holds so much water, it doesn't get dirty quickly, which is a big bonus.
Here's a video to accompany this post.
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