Art Materials Supply List

For the Art Makers Drop In  you will need to bring supplies. Below you will find a list of what you will need if you are painting in acrylic. 

Give some thought to what you might like to paint or create. You probably have photos that you can use as reference. If you have a photo of a landscape then painting on a rectangular panel might be the best. If you want to paint a still life then maybe you would bring a square format canvas, say 10 x 10 inches. For still life I recommend that you bring a photo to work from or a few small objects. We may have ‘live’ still life set up in the future. Wifi is very limited if using a tablet for reference. Downloaded or printed reference is best.

If you wish to work in mixed media, jewelry making, sculptural clay, weaving, fabric art, sewing, drawing, collage - all are very welcome.

For painting you will need to bring: 

  • Paints - acrylic painting recommended for beginners
  • Paint - water mixable oils, watercolor, pastel are also welcome.
  • Mediums 
  • Palette
  • Brushes
  • Canvas or Board 
  • Paper towels
  • Palette knives
  • Easel - we provide
  • Cup for water - we provide

Acrylic Paint

Small tubes of paint to start. If you fall in love with painting you can always upgrade to better quality. Some recommendations below. If you get a beginner set that doesn’t include all of these, please don’t worry as colors can be mixed.

  • Titanium White
  • Black
  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Cadmium Lemon Yellow
  • Yellow Ocher
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Ultramarine Blue


  • A basic medium is Gloss medium. It can be used to extend the paint, and as a final coat on your painting.
  • There are mediums that can add thickness or texture. They are fun to explore depending on your painting style.


You will need to bring a palette with you for mixing the paint. There are quite a few options. A very acceptable option to start are white plastic paper plates, or even styrofoam plates. The heavy paper plates do not work as well. Taping a sheet of freezer paper - 12x16 inches or so is a good size - to a stiff cardboard is also a good start.

Panels or Canvas

Flat canvas panels, or stretched canvas in small sizes. I recommend having 3 to start with the largest being 9x12. 

Palette Knives

  • palette knife resembling a putty knife with a rounded tip, suited for mixing paints on the palette;
  • painting knife with a pointed tip, lowered or "cranked" like a trowel, suited to painting on canvas.


Synthetic brushes are recommend. Long handled brushes were designed for the artist standing at an easel so that the arm could stretch out to paint. If you are painting sitting at a table easel then short handles will be fine. A very basic start might be:

  • 1 round size 12
  • 1 flat - 1 inch
  • 1 liner brush
  • 1 inch or larger hardware store bristle brushes. If you have 'ugly' beat up brushes in your basement then they can be used for texture.