Art Supplies For New Artists

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Every artist knows what temptation lies ahead when they visit an art store. Like a kid in a candy store, there are goodies everywhere. Some new artists will walk in, not knowing what art supplies to buy; we totally understand! When there’s five different paint brands, all selling the same shade of yellow, how do you know which one to get? Or when you see the huge variety of colorful paint tubes, the desire to buy all the colors is strong. Now, what if you’re an artist on a budget? It’s possible to buy everything you need in under $10! And what if you’re an artist that wants everything? We’ve got a list for you too.

Which art store should I go to?

We recommend Blick Art Supplies for all your painterly needs and art supplies – this place has everything, and more! Walk in with a set list, walk out with that, plus a few items. Not only do they have a large selection of products, the Blick brand is great! (We’ll get to that in a bit.)

Once you’re inside.

Once you’ve found your way to Blick, you’ll need to start somewhere. Let us help you get on the right track. We’ve put together a complete list that you can take to the store with you. Or you can click the link at the bottom of the article and buy the art supplies online.

The Best Art Supplies List Ever

  • A drawing pad
    • We recommend no smaller than 9 x 12in. Go big or go home, right?
    • In this example, we used the Blick Studio Drawing Pad
  • 2 4B pencils
    • These pencils have a great range of shading, so you can use one pencil for your whole drawing! Perfect.
    • In this example, we used the Staedtler Lumograph Pencil
  • An Artgum eraser
    • The best eraser out there. If you decide to use charcoal or conte crayon later in your artistic career, this eraser will be your best friend!
    • In this example, we used the Prismacolor Artgum eraser
  • A sharpener
    • Any ol’ sharpener you’d like.
    • In this example, we used the Maped Canister Pencil Sharpener

Approximate total: $9.31

 

You can stop here if you want to hone in on your drawing skills. A list that’s less than five items, and you have everything you need to get started? What?! If you’re a recently born artist and want to perfect your drawing skills before moving onto color, more power to you. We encourage our students to do the same.

But you don’t have to stop there! If you’d also like to try painting, and you already have paper, we recommend tempera!

For The Paper  Painters

Tempera and paper go together like peanut butter and jelly. Tempera creates a beautiful, velvety finish on paper, doesn’t wrinkle paper like acrylic does, and it’s great for drawing over (hello, mixed media!). To top it all off, tempera is the easiest medium to work with. The only thing about tempera is it is really easy to buy bad quality tempera. That’s why we only recommend Blick’s brand of tempera. The color pigmentation is high, which means great quality, and it’s not slimy, like something you’d find at an arts and crafts store.

  • Blick Essentials Tempera
    • All you need are primary colors, white, and black. You can mix the rest of your colors, or you can buy all the colors you want! You’re the artist.
      • Red
      • Yellow
      • Blue
      • White
      • Black
        • For those that like to indulge
          • Gold
          • Silver
          • Bronze
  •  Bristle Brushes
    • For this example, we used Loew-Cornell White Bristle Brush Set
  • Bristle brushes hold a lot of paint, so your paint brush won’t need to be dipped in paint as often as hair brushes do. Plus, if you’re just starting out, they’re a great way to leave perfection at the door. Our philosophy is, the less you care, the better your art will be. Totally counter intuitive, totally works.
  • Palette
    • I am all about being eco-friendly, so painting with a reusable palette is the best!
    • For this example, we used the Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-off Palette
    • If you’re looking for convenience and easy clean up, we recommend freezer paper

Approximate total: $24.54 (with metallic colors, $27.65)

Can’t wait to start creating? Click the link here and get the products online!

For the Classic Painters

I’ll first talk about acrylic. Acrylic, after tempera, is one of the easiest mediums to work with. Who has mistakes when you paint when acrylic? It dries fast, and you can paint right over it with perfect coverage, meaning no one will ever know you accidentally spilled red paint all over your canvas.

  • Liquidex Basic Acrylic tubes
    • For this example, we used Liquidex Basic Acrylic tubes, 8.5 oz
    • Cadmium Red
    • Cadmium yellow
    • Cobalt, primary, or ultramarine blue
    • Titanium white
    • Mars black
    • Magenta
      • Did you know you can’t mix magenta? When shopping for acrylics, magenta is a must have! Be careful though, don’t buy medium magenta – that means there’s been white added to it.
  •  Bristle Brushes
    • For this example, we used Loew-Cornell White Bristle Brush Set
    • Bristle brushes hold a lot of paint, so your paint brush won’t need to be dipped in paint as often as hair brushes do. Plus, if you’re just starting out, they’re a great way to leave perfection at the door. Our philosophy is, the less you care, the better your art will be. Totally counter intuitive, totally works.
  • Canvas
    • Unstretched canvas
      • It’s great for those producing a lot of art. Storage is easy, and you can customize your size. Additionally, if you like your painting, you can get it stretched anytime you’d like! (The studio offers canvas stretching services). Another good thing about unstretched canvas is if you’re painting a commission and need to ship it, paint it on unstretched canvas, roll it up, and ship it out!
      • Unstretched canvas is sold by the yard or by the roll, buy whichever amount works for you. We recommend buying primed 12oz canvas.
    • Stretched canvas
      • Paint on a stretched canvas and get the perfect size you need. Take one step out by having it stretched for you, and simply paint on.
    • Palette
      • I am all about being eco-friendly, so painting with a reusable palette is the best!
      • For this example, we used the Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-off Palette
      • If you’re looking for convenience and easy clean up, we recommend freezer paper

Approximate total: $55.86 (not including canvas)

 

Get all the art supplies mentioned above and be ready to rock and roll! Know of an item that’s a must have for any artist? Comment below and we may add it to our list.

Want to buy the supplies right now? Click on the link here!

 

To Splurge, or Not To Splurge.

An extended list for artists that like to indulge will be coming out shortly!

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