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Art Supplies List

 

Don’t break the bank if you're just starting out
Invest money in quality, not quantity. Sometimes, 
I paint an entire painting using 2-3 brushes. 

Usually, the more expensive art supplies,
the better the result. But don't get fooled.
You can always find value-for-money choices.
Following, I mention some of my options. 

 

NOTE: I know that many of my readers are not in
the United States. In case you are not, try to find
the most appropriate supplies that you can,
according to my recommendations.

 

Following you will find my Art Supplies list recommendations for:

1. GRAPHITE PENCILS
2. COLORED PENCILS
3. SOFT PASTELS
4. WATERCOLORS  
5. ACRYLICS 
6. OIL COLORS 

You can find them on Amazon but, sometimes, supplies like canvas, pads, or even paints have much better deals on Michaels, Jerry's Artarama, Blick, or even Walmart. Make your research and decide.

You should always have with you the color wheel, a pencil, an eraser, and a sharpener.

 

ALWAYS WITH YOU ▶ Color Wheel


A great visual to demonstrate the outcomes of mixing different colors

 Choose a sturdy one, as you will use it a lot in the beginning. 
My choice: ● Color Wheel Small Color Mixing Guide (3501) by Color Wheel.

 

 

 1.  GRAPHITE PENCILS! 

(Graphite pencils and Colored pencils have a similar list. Considering this, don't buy materials twice).

PAPER ▶ Drawing Paper Pad 


Drawing pads can be used for drawing shapes, practicing composition, shading, and other drawing skills. In case we use it just for graphite pencil or charcoal, the paper can be a sketch pad (60 lb/100 gr and up). In case we use it for colored pencils also (which I recommend) then we need a heavier paper, at least 70 lb/114 gr to be durable enough. 

 9 x 12" (22.9 x 30.5 cm) is a good size for beginners. Sometimes, I like to leave a white space around the theme I am drawing. If you don't want to waste paper, then you can also buy a 6 x 8" (15.2 x 20.3 cm) for the smaller themes. 
My choices: ● Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil Pads ● Canson XL Series Drawing Paper Pad, 70 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 60 Sheets.  ● Canson XL Series Mix Paper Pad, 98 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 60 Sheets. ● 40 Sheet Watercolor Paper Pad by Creatology (the paper is not that heavy for watercolor, but for drawing is great). 

 

PENCIL ▶ Graphite Drawing Pencils

Graphite pencils can be used to draw everything from the simplest of sketches to highly detailed drawings. The numbers of the pencils correspond with the hardness of the graphite.
Harder pencils make lighter lines (Pencil numbers with an "H")
Softer pencils make darker lines (Pencil numbers with a "B")
 HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B are the pencils that we will need. 

My choices: ● Faber-Castell - Castell 9000 Art Set Pencil (Pack of 6) ● Dyvicl Professional Drawing Sketching Pencil Set - 12 Pieces Drawing Pencils ● Professional Drawing Sketch Pencils Set, 12 Pieces Drawing Pencils by AHXML ● Professional Drawing Sketching Pencil Set - Brusarth 14 Pieces Art Drawing Graphite Pencils ● 29 Pieces Professional Sketching & Drawing Art Tool Kit With Graphite Pencils, Charcoal Pencils, Paper Erasable Pen, Craft Knife-Lightwish ● Quality Drawing Graphite Sketching Pencils in Paper Box Shading Art Pencil by Zanskar

 

ERASERS ▶ Kneaded Eraser, White Eraser & Eraser Pencils

A kneaded eraser is a must-have supply for removing pencil marks and it won’t damage paper. Kneaded erasers can be shaped by hand for precision erasing, creating highlights, or performing detailed work. They are commonly used to remove light charcoal or graphite marks and in subtractive drawing techniques. Regarding white erasers, I prefer latex-free. The pencil eraser is designed as a pencil. They are perfect for erasing unwanted marks fine point erasing and also creating unique eraser effects.
 Some brands tend to get dry faster, so keep your kneaded eraser in a case to remain soft. 

My choices: ● June Gold Kneaded Rubber Erasers (Pack of 6). ● Mr. Pen- Erasers Set, White Eraser, Kneaded Eraser, Gum Eraser (Pack of 9). ● Pasler Eraser pencils 7802 Highlight Pencil Perfection Eraser Pencils for drawing with Brush and a Sharpener Perfect for sketches, colored illustrations, and charcoal drawings (Set of 4).

 

SHARPENER ▶ Art Pencil Sharpener

Sharpened pencils lead to a better drawing.
 Electric or not, find one with a shavings storage compartment to keep your artwork tidy. 
My choices: ● Faber-Castell GRIP Trio Pencil Sharpener. ● Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener.

 

RULER ▶ Rulers - Geometry set


A ruler is always necessary for drawing anything with straight lines
. The geometry set is necessary for structure drawing. For structure drawing, we will need a 30/60 Triangle, a 45/90 Triangle, 12” Flat Ruler, and 180 Protractor.
 Choose a 12 or 18" (30 or 45 cm) ruler made with stainless steel or anodized aluminum. These types of rulers are easy to keep clean. 

My choices: ● For a flat ruler: Alumicolor 8012 Flexible Stainless Steel ruler, measuring tool. ● For a geometry set: Mr. Pen - Geometry Set, 4 Pack, Metal Protractor, Aluminum Ruler, Metal Set Square, Triangle Ruler, Drafting Triangles, Triangle Ruler, Protractor Metal, Drafting Set, Geometry Kit, Drafting Ruler

 

KEEP IT CLEAN ▶ Drafting Brush


A brush is useful for sweeping away eraser crumbs. It is so soft that it can be used to clean any type of work surface.
 Choose a 12 or 18" (30 or 45 cm) ruler made with stainless steel or anodized aluminum. These types of rulers are easy to keep clean. 
My choice: ● Alvin, 2340, Mini Dusting Brush, 10" Wood Handle.

 


 2.  COLORED PENCILS

(Graphite pencils and Colored pencils have a similar list. Considering this, don't buy materials twice).

APERDrawing Paper Pad


Drawing pads can be used for drawing shapes, practicing composition, shading, and other drawing skills. In case we use it just for graphite pencil or charcoal, the paper can be a sketch pad (60 lb/100 gr and up). In case we use it for colored pencils also (which I recommend) then we need a heavier paper, at least 70 lb/114 gr to be durable enough. 

9 x 12" (22.9 x 30.5 cm) is a good size for beginners. Sometimes, I like to leave a white space around the theme I am drawing. If you don't want to waste paper, then you can also buy a 6 x 8" (15.2 x 20.3 cm) for the smaller themes. 
My choices: ● Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil Pads ● Canson XL Series Drawing Paper Pad, 70 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 60 Sheets.  ● Canson XL Series Mix Paper Pad, 98 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, 60 Sheets. ● 40 Sheet Watercolor Paper Pad by Creatology (the paper is not that heavy for watercolor, but for drawing is great). 

 

PENCILS ▶ Colored Pencils

Colored pencils' cores are wax- or oil-based and contain varying proportions of pigments. Colored pencils vary greatly in terms of quality and usability; concentration of pigments in the core, lightfastness of the pigments, durability of the colored pencil, and softness of the lead are some indicators of a brand’s quality and, consequently, its market price. 
 The 24 colors set is enough to start. Soft, thick cores are perfect for gradient, shading, and shadows. If you can afford to buy the set of 48, then do it.

My choice: ● Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, Set of 24. 

 

ERASERS ▶ Kneaded Eraser & White Eraser

A kneaded eraser is a must-have supply for removing pencil marks and it won’t damage paper. Kneaded erasers can be shaped by hand for precision erasing, creating highlights, or performing detailed work. They are commonly used to remove light charcoal or graphite marks and in subtractive drawing techniques. Regarding white erasers, I prefer latex-free.
 Some brands tend to get dry faster, so keep your kneaded eraser in a case to remain soft. 

My choices: ● June Gold Kneaded Rubber Erasers (Pack of 6). ● Mr. Pen- Erasers Set, White Eraser, Kneaded Eraser, Gum Eraser (Pack of 9).

 

SHARPENER ▶ Art Pencil Sharpener

Sharpened pencils lead to a better drawing.
 Electric or not, find one with a shavings storage compartment to keep your artwork tidy. 

My choices: ● Faber-Castell GRIP Trio Pencil Sharpener. ● Prismacolor Premier Pencil Sharpener.

 

RULER ▶ Metal Ruler


A ruler is always necessary for drawing anything with straight lines

 Choose a 12 or 18" (30 or 45 cm) ruler made with stainless steel or anodized aluminum. These types of rulers are easy to keep clean. 

My choice: ● Alumicolor 8012 Flexible Stainless Steel ruler, measuring tool.

 


 3.  SOFT PASTELS! 

 

PAPER  Pastel Paper Pad 


Pastel paper, also called Ingres paper, comes in a wide range of colors and tones. Textured paper is the most popular surface for pastels. As the paper surface has sufficient tooth and can survive some rubbing and blending, then it is a good choice. For beginners, I would definitely choose colored/toned paper. It sparks new creativity! Staring at a blank white sheet of paper can be overwhelming. But toned paper can help you ease up and get started. 

 9 x 12" (22.9 x 30.5 cm) is the smallest size I would suggest to buy. As we cannot draw details when working on small sizes, artists use to choose big sizes' papers, but that raises the cost too much. 
I believe that, in the beginning, a rough construction paper that looks recycled (not glossy!) is a fair choice for kids. But, if you want to go large, you can buy a 12x16 pastel paper.  

My choices● CANSON Mi-Teintes Pastel Pad, Assorted Colors 9"X12" or 12x18 Fold Over ● Strathmore 400 Series Pastel Pad, Assorted Colors, 9"x12" Glue Bound, 24 Sheets ● Norcom Heavyweight Construction Paper Pad 10 Assorted colors 9x12 or 12x18

 

PAINTS  Soft Pastel Set 


Soft pastels is the most widely used form of pastel. They have a very high concentration of pigment that is held together by the least amount of gum binder possible. As a result, they crumble very easily, but their colors are wonderfully intense. Soft pastels are not chalks. You can use your fingers to blend or try using a q-tip, or blending stick. 
The drawing can be readily smudged and blended, but it results in a higher proportion of dust. Finished drawings made with soft pastels require protecting, either framing under glass or spraying with a fixative to prevent smudging; hairspray also works. 

 64 colors set is a good variety as they run out fast. I suggest having them organized by putting them always in the same place they were. 
My choice● Mungyo Soft Pastel 64 Color Set Square Chalk.  

 

ERASER ▶ Kneaded Eraser


A kneaded eraser is a must-have supply for removing marks and it won’t damage paper. Kneaded erasers can be shaped by hand for precision erasing, creating highlights, or performing detailed work. When working with soft pastels, you cannot remove paint from the paper but only if you tampon remove them. The soft eraser mass can be kneaded into any shape you want and therefore be used for correction on small spots or larger sections. When dabbed on the desired area, the art eraser absorbs loose pigments by binding them to the eraser mass.
 Some brands tend to get dry faster, so keep your kneaded eraser in a case to remain soft. 

My choices: ● June Gold Kneaded Rubber Erasers (Pack of 6). ● 2X Prismacolor Design Eraser, 1224 Kneaded Rubber Eraser Large, Grey● Faber-Castell Erasers - Drawing Art kneaded Erasers, Large size Grey - 4 Pack.

 

SMUDGE ▶ Paper Blending Pencil 


Paper Blending Stump and Tortillion are used to blending drawings in pastels, charcoal, or graphite.
 Some people love it and some don't. If you use it wisely, you can make nice blending with the pastels. 

My choices: ● MyLifeUNIT Paper Blending Stump and Tortillion for Student Sketch Drawing.

 

SPRAY ▶ FIXATIF 


The spray is used to protect the artwork from smudging & dust. It also allows for easy reworking of the artwork. Artists use it always to keep their works in a good condition but I don't recommend it for kids. Breathing it is highly dangerous for the lungs and the disposition of the person that smells it so it is used only outdoors. Young children, the elderly, and pregnant women may be more sensitive to this spray. 
 You may use hairspray instead, but, with no oil or conditioner added. Not that good job, but good enough for our purpose. 

My choices: ● Krylon K01306 Workable Fixatif Spray Clear, 11-Ounce Aerosol, Matte ● Winsor & Newton Artists' Aerosols Workable Fixative, Transparent – 400ML​.

 


 4.  WATERCOLORS! 

  

PAPER  Watercolor Paper Pad 


There are so many factors to consider to choose the paper for you. The first one is the texture. You choose between the hot press, cold press, and rough. I personally choose cold press papers. The rough ones are not appropriate for detailed work, and the hot press ones are the best for it, but they are very costly. 
Second, it's the quality that matters, what they are made of. The cotton-made ones are the best. The cellulose and wood pulp paper doesn't absorb water the same way that cotton does so you get different results when painting. Also, they will turn to yellow overages. 
And last, it's the weight. I always use 140lb / 300 gsm paper or heavier. The more water you add, the heavier the paper that you need. 

 9 x 12" (22.9 x 30.5 cm) is a good size for beginners. Sometimes, I like to leave a white space around the theme I am drawing. If you don't want to waste paper, then you can also buy a 6 x 8" (15.2 x 20.3 cm) for the smaller themes. 
My choices: ● Arches Watercolor Pad, Hot Press 9X12" ● Canson XL Series Watercolor Pad, 9x12", Fold-over cover, 30 Sheets. 

 

PAINTS  Watercolors set  

   
Watercolors are paints with water-based pigments. Pigments are colored materials from rocks, plants, or chemicals, that dissolve in water. They are made in the form of cakes or tubes. The pigment is applied to the white paper. As watercolors have a transparent result, each area is painted only once, and looks fresh and original rather than worked over. The best ones are high-pigmented with a great color selection, that mixes well. There is no chalky or grainy feel to them after they are dry, and of course non-toxic.
 A great color set should consist of a great but non-toxic selection and, most importantly, to be high-pigmented.  
My choices: ● Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Painting Plus Set, Set of 24, Half Pans, Multicolored, 24 Count --OR-- Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Compact Set, Set of 14, Half Pans ● Komorebi Japanese Watercolor Paint Set - 40 Colors - Including Metallic and Neon - Artist Quality - Richly Pigmented - MozArt Supplies. ● Lightwish MeiLiang Watercolor Paint Set, 36 Vivid Colors in Pocket Box with Metal Ring and Bonus Watercolor Brush.

 

PAINTS  White gouache color  


In traditional water coloring, we do not use white because watercolor is a transparent medium and your paper is white. The color white is used by beginners to correct or lighten parts that mistakenly have overpainted.
 A great color set should consist of great but non-toxic selection and, most importantly, to be high-pigmented.  
My choice: ● Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint, 8ml tube, Chinese White.

 

BRUSHES ▶ Watercolor Flat & Round Brushes

Watercolor brushes have soft bristles and they usually last for long. There are many sets in the market and usually are inexpensive. Sable and goat hair brushes are very soft and both are popular options. Soft nylon brushes are also preferred by many artists for the excellent control of the stroke. I actually prefer to use nylon brushes for most applications.
 I use the flat ones for larger areas while round ones are more appropriate for detailed work. 

My choices: ● Flat brushes: AOOK 10 Pieces Paint Brush Set, Watercolor Brushes Professional for Watercolor (1-Pack) ● Paint Brush Set by Heartybay, 2Pack 20 Pcs Nylon Hair Brushes for Watercolor Painting. ● Round brushesMudder 12 Pieces Artist Paint Brushes Fine Paint Brush for Acrylic Watercolor Oil Painting, Purple. If you'd like a more enjoyable painting, have a look also at the Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brushes.

 

PALETTE ▶ Plastic White Palette

White plastic palettes are not always a must-have as most of the time the watercolors set gives a surface to apply the mixture.    
 Any of the palettes you will find can do the same job. Buy the least expensive. 

My choice: ● Darice Plastic Palette, 10 Well.

 

MASKING AREAS ▶ Masking Fluid and Masking Tape

Masking fluid is a latex-based fluid that can be applied to the surface to preserve areas of the paper or previously applied washes of color. Masking tape is used to make a straight border around our artwork. 
 Before you use it, make sure the surface is clean, dry and dust-free, so that the fluid or tape sticks properly. Before you remove them, make sure that the area around them is dry.

My choices: ● Masking Fluid: Grafix WM2 White Mask Liquid Frisket, 2-Ounce. ● Masking Tape: ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter's Tape, 2090, 0.94 inch x 60 yard, 1 roll  

 


 5.  ACRYLICS! 

 

SURFACE TO PAINT  Canvas / Canvas Paper Pad

Many artists prefer linen to cotton canvases. I prefer both. For studying acrylics, you can also try small boards or even acrylic color pads, or panels. I also recommend the very affordable canvas bulk from Michaels.
 Try small sizes to begin, something between 8x10" and 12x16" is a good size. 
My choices: ● 6 Pack 12" x 16" Super Value Canvas Necessities™ by Artist's Loft®. ● Strathmore 300 Series Canvas Pad, 9"x12" Glue Bound, 10 Sheets  Canson XL Series Oil and Acrylic Paper Pad, Bleed Proof Canvas Like Texture, Fold Over, 136 pound, 9 x 12 Inch, White, 24 Sheets

 

PAINTS  Acrylic color tubes

Acrylic paint is a water-based medium and that is what makes them easily approachable to many artists and kids. 
Thin layers of acrylic paint will dry in a half-hour while thicker ones can take up to two hours. The weather and environmental condition play a crucial role here.
Buy the best quality materials you can afford. It’s often true that less expensive paints and brushes are harder to work with. I believe you should get basic colors to start and create others by mixing.
Here's a good starting list of acrylic paint colors: 
Titanium white, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red light, Carmine, Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue or Primary Cyan, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Payne's Grey, Ivory Black. 
Specific pigments cost more than others (particularly cobalt and cadmium). 'Hue' colors are less expensive as they have less concentration of pigment.

 I recommend buying individual paints, not a set, as most of the times the set doesn't include the top priority colors. If you buy a set, the following options are good enough for beginners.
My choice: ● Amsterdam Acrylic Standard Series Paint Set 12x20 ml  Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 12-Piece Set

 

BRUSHES ▶ Brushes for acrylics

I like to use medium hardness brushes, small size, as I like to give detail to my work.
 I use the flat ones for larger areas while round ones are more appropriate for detailed work. 

My choice: ● Paint Brushes 12 Set Professional Paint Brush Round Pointed Tip Nylon Hair Artist Acrylic Brush for Acrylic Watercolor Oil Painting by Crafts 4 ALL.

 

PALETTE ▶ Palette Pad / Butcher Tray / Sta-Wet Palette

Palette paper pad is the easiest way for beginners as you can toss it out when you're done for quick and easy cleanup. A butcher tray is very popular too. Another good option is the Sta-Wet palette with a secure seal that keeps out air and the paints will not dry out.  
 I prefer to use a butcher tray or a palette paper and keep it fresh in a sta-wet palette seal. In case you run out of palettes, you can always use disposable white plates (made of plastic or paper, not foam).

My choice: ● Strathmore 365-9 300 Series Palette Pad, 9"x12" Tape Bound, 40 Sheets● Enamel Butcher Tray 11x15 ● Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal

 

PALETTE KNIVES ▶ Stainless Steel Spatula/Palette Painting Knives

A palette knife is a blunt tool used for mixing or applying paint, with a flexible steel blade.  
 Painting with a knife can be very challenging but needs a technique so you don't waste too much paint. 

My choice: ● Arrtx 5 Pieces Painting Knives Stainless Steel Spatula Palette Knife Oil Painting Accessories Color Mixing Set for Oil, Canvas, Acrylic Painting-Arrtx

 

SKETCH ON CANVAS ▶ Charcoal sticks

We use a charcoal stick to sketch the theme on our surface. Graphite pencil is not appropriate as it eventually appears on the top.  
 Charcoal sticks are very fragile, so always keep them in a sturdy case. 

My choice: ● Charcoal Vine Thin Soft 6/Box

 

BRUSHES SOAP ▶ The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver Soap

You will need a suitable soap for cleaning, conditioning, and preserving your brushes.  
 Regular soap doesn't help here. This unique product works on oils, acrylics, watercolors, and also restores the most hardened brushes to like-new condition
My choice: ● General Pencil Company Inc., The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver 1 Oz.

 


 6.  OIL COLORS! 

 

SURFACE TO PAINT  Canvas / Canvas Paper Pad

Many artists prefer linen to cotton canvases; I like both. For studying oils, you can also try small boards or even oil color pads, or panels. I also recommend the very affordable canvas bulk from Michaels.
 Try small sizes to begin, something between 8x10" and 12x16" is a good size. 
My choices: ● 6 Pack 12" x 16" Super Value Canvas Necessities™ by Artist's Loft®. ● Strathmore 300 Series Canvas Pad, 9"x12" Glue Bound, 10 Sheets ● Canson XL Series Oil and Acrylic Paper Pad, Bleed Proof Canvas Like Texture, Fold Over, 136 pound, 9 x 12 Inch, White, 24 Sheets

 

PAINTS  Oil color tubes

Oil paints is my favorite of the mediums and this is because:
The get dry very slow, so it gives you the privilege of time for detailed work. You can work with layers as those paints have a great opacity. You can re-painted areas to correct details or alter the composition.
They are also very durable. Oil paintings can last longer than other media so we see oil paintings as far back as the 13th century. 
Buy the best quality materials you can afford. It’s often true that less expensive paints and brushes are harder to work with. I believe you should get basic colors to start and create others by mixing.
Here's a good starting list of oil paint colors: 
Titanium white, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red or Cadmium Red light, Carmine, Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue, Pthalo Blue or Primary Cyan, Viridian Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Dioxazine Purple, Payne's Grey, Ivory Black. 
Specific pigments cost more than others (particularly cobalt and cadmium). 'Hue' colors are less expensive as they have less concentration of pigment.


 I recommend buying individual paints, not a set, as most of the times the set doesn't include the top priority colors. If you buy a set, the following options are good enough for beginners.
My choices: ● Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Colors 10 Tube Set (21 ml Tubes). ● VanGogh Basic Set of 10 Colors (20 ml Tubes) ● Gamblin 1980 Oil Color Exclusive Set (37 ml Tubes).

 

BRUSHES ▶ Brushes for oils

I like to use medium hardness brushes, small size, as I like to give detail to my work.
 I use the flat ones for larger areas while round ones are more appropriate for detailed work. 

My choice: ● Paint Brushes 12 Set Professional Paint Brush Round Pointed Tip Nylon Hair Artist Acrylic Brush for Acrylic Watercolor Oil Painting by Crafts 4 ALL.

 

SOLVENT ▶ Gamblin Gamsol & Linseed Oil


Gamsol is a non-toxic solvent for thinning mediums and for general painting. It is safer for painters and the environment than turpentine and has 100% pure odorless mineral spirits. Linseed oil improves the flow of oil colors. It also increases gloss and transparency and slows drying. I mix Gamsol and Linseed oil and I get optimum results as a solvent. I use a small jar (~2 fl oz) and mix 4 parts of Gamsol with 1 part of linseed oil. In a second jar, put a good amount of Gamsol (~5 fl oz) for cleaning the paint from your brush after each painting session.
 I prefer to use a butcher tray or a palette paper and keep it fresh in a sta-wet palette seal. 
My choice: ● Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits Bottle, 4.2oz ● Winsor & Newton 3221723 Artisan H20 Med 75ml Linseed Oil, Multicolor

 

PALETTE ▶ Palette Pad / Butcher Tray / Sta-Wet Palette

Palette paper pad is the easiest way for beginners as you can toss it out when you're done for quick and easy cleanup. A butcher tray is very popular too. Another good option is the Sta-Wet palette with a secure seal that keeps out air and the paints will not dry out.  
 I prefer to use a butcher tray or a palette paper and keep it fresh in a sta-wet palette seal. In case you run out of palettes, you can always use disposable white plates (made of plastic or paper, not foam).

My choice: ● Strathmore 365-9 300 Series Palette Pad, 9"x12" Tape Bound, 40 Sheets● Enamel Butcher Tray 11x15 ● Masterson Sta-Wet Palette Seal

 

PALETTE KNIVES ▶ Stainless Steel Spatula/Palette Painting Knives

A palette knife is a blunt tool used for mixing or applying paint, with a flexible steel blade.  
 Painting with a knife can be very challenging but needs a technique so you don't waste too much paint. 

My choice: ● Arrtx 5 Pieces Painting Knives Stainless Steel Spatula Palette Knife Oil Painting Accessories Color Mixing Set for Oil, Canvas, Acrylic Painting-Arrtx

 

SKETCH ON CANVAS ▶ Charcoal sticks

We use a charcoal stick to sketch the theme on our surface. Graphite pencil is not appropriate as it eventually appears on the top.  
 Charcoal sticks are very fragile, so always keep them in a sturdy case. 

My choice: ● Charcoal Vine Thin Soft 6/Box

 

BRUSHES SOAP ▶ The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver Soap

You will need a suitable soap for cleaning, conditioning, and preserving your brushes.  
 Regular soap doesn't help here. This unique product works on oils, acrylics, watercolors, and also restores the most hardened brushes to like-new condition
My choice: ● General Pencil Company Inc., The Masters Brush Cleaner & Preserver 1 Oz.

 

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