Essential Supplies for Painting with Acrylics

If you’re looking to embark upon a new art project and would like to give painting with acrylics a go, we’ve put together a list of all the essential supplies you’ll need to get started.

With these at your disposal, some techniques and tricks or the trade up your sleeve, you’ll soon be creating masterpieces in no time!

Good quality acrylic paint

I’m sure it’s of no surprise that you’ll need acrylic paint, but we couldn’t really leave it off the list. When getting started however, you don’t need to buy half of the craft store’s colours. Instead, starting off with the basics (primary colours etc) should be sufficient for a while whilst you brush up on your techniques.

There’s a great video tutorial here that shows you how to mix acrylic paints to create new colours and hues which is definitely worth a watch if it’s really new to you.

Decent brushes

There are countless varieties of artist’s paint brushes out there, and to get you started, it’s a good idea to invest in one or two really good quality ones, if you’re really serious about painting. It’s far better to have two really good ones that a lot of lesser-quality ones. Cheaper brushes can malt over your painting and ruin it and won’t last as long anyway.

Natural ones are generally regarded as higher quality, though synthetic ones are improving all the time. If you look after synthetic ones, they can do the job just as well as natural ones. Invest in a few of different sizes; it’s a good idea to have a large, a medium and a small one for all the different techniques you’ll be trying out.

An easel

It’s recommended that you purchase an easel when using acrylics as painting with them onto a horizontal surface can seriously put proportions out and cast unwanted shadows.
You can buy table top ones really cheaply, or if you prefer, you can also get ones that stand on the floor so you can stand as you paint.

A canvas

If you buy a pre-made canvas, double check that it’s primed for painting as the different treatments they receive won’t always be suitable for every kind of paint.

When it comes to getting more creative and daring with your pictures, you’ll no doubt want to ‘go bigger’, and luckily you can stretch your existing canvas with a canvas stretcher that you can pick up really cheaply online.

Water and cloths

Luckily not something that you’ll have to buy, but something that’s really important so needed a mention anyway is water. You’ll need to have a jug or glass of water next to you when painting with acrylics so you can clean your brush in between colour changes so you don’t mix the colours and end up with the wrong colour on your painting.

Cleaning your brush at the end of a painting session is really important too, with clean water and a clean cloth to prolong the life of your brushes. Dab off excess water with a cloth then let them dry naturally and fully.