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Acrylic Painting: Basic Supply List

Acrylics have long been a favorite medium for artists of all levels due to their versatility, quick drying time, and brilliant color pigments. With a plethora of acrylic supplies available on the market, it's easy to become overwhelmed by choices and unsure where to begin. Fear not! These are the essentials and will equip you for the upcoming one-month class. Please note that the links provided in this article are affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through those links at no additional cost to you.

Acrylic Paints:

A basic set of acrylic paints that includes primary colors (red, blue, yellow), and Titanium White. Brands like Liquitex and Golden offer good quality acrylic paints and these are two great starter sets.

Paint Brushes:

A variety of brushes in different shapes and sizes to cater to various painting techniques. Suggested brushes include flat, round, and detail brushes. Aim for synthetic or synthetic-blend brushes suitable for acrylic painting.


Canvas Paper, or Canvas Pads specifically designed for acrylic painting. You can purchase various sizes, I have larger sizes and will cut them down to around 8x10 or 11x14 inches for this class. Canvas Panels (also called Canvas Boards) will work as well, although they tend to warp over time.


A palette for mixing and blending colors. A disposable palette pad or a reusable palette with a mixing area is recommended.

Palette Knife:

A palette knife for mixing paint and creating texture in the artwork.

Foam Boards:

This is a sturdy surface to tape your canvas paper to. You'll need at least one, but if you like to work on multiple projects, grab a few. Go for a size or two large than your paper. The largest size paper we will work on is 11x14 for this class.

Water Container:

A container for water to clean the brushes between color changes. A jar or a plastic cup will suffice.

Paper Towels or Rags:

Paper towels or old rags for blotting and wiping brushes during the painting process.

Masking Tape:

Masking tape to create clean edges and borders on the canvas if desired.

Pencil and Sketchbook:

A sketchbook (or paper you already have, like printer paper) and pencils for sketching and planning compositions before starting the painting.

Apron or Old Clothes:

Acrylic paints can be challenging to remove from clothing, so it's best to wear an apron or clothes that can get messy.

Spray Bottle:

A spray bottle filled with water to keep the acrylic paints moist on the palette during extended painting sessions.

A Way to Print Reference Photos:

If the class involves specific painting subjects, students may need reference photos or still life objects to work from. You can print from a home computer or print from stores like Wallgreens or Office Depot.

Still Life Objects:

This includes basic forms to paint from like cubes, spheres, cylinders. You can find these objects from around your home, for example, a tissue or amazon box (cube), a ball (sphere) , paper towel roll (cylinder), etc.


You can adjust the quantity and brand of supplies based on their preferences and budget. Acrylic painting is a versatile medium, and experimenting with different materials can add to the creative experience!

See you August 2!


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