Remember from your rug making time how may things there were to learn. You did not need to learn them all first. You take a few and begin and add understanding a little along as you are ready to absorb it. This is for joy not to stress over ever. I love paint, the color the texture and the mystery as you shove it around and it mixes. This is akin to how we enjoyed the feel of fine wool in our hands.
Cad Yellow Lemon and all the following in a 40 ml tube size
Cad Red Light
Useful colors to add if you wish would be Raw Umber, Thalo Blue, Cobalt blue and Naples yellow and I like Indian Yellow. I use a lot of Purple, you can mix it from alizarin and ultramarine or buy a tube of Holbein Duo Dioxazine Violet. Do not buy cheap paint or student grade paint or any that say Hue.
Next a few brushes: the best are from Rosemary and company. I don’t have any but they might be my next important purchase. Start with these and add as needed. Check in your family for any other brushes they may have to spare. You do not need many little ones. Fairly stiff ones are wanted not many soft ones. I probably have 300 brushes. I do not throw them away when misshapen, I might use them for crafts or glueing something or for a weird stroke in a landscape, a little bush perhaps.
Paper Palette in gray color, size 9 x 12, 50 sheets.
These are easy and
disposable. Find a plastic box to store
it in. You can also use plastic plates for a palette. In between painting
sessions my pallete is kept in a box in my freezer. It takes only 15 min to thaw and
use. I spray my palette every hour or
two with a little mister bottle of water to keep it from drying out. This way I do not loose mixtures I am working
with. Paint is poison. The Cadmiums are particularly toxic. Keep your hands
away from your mouth. Do not get it in
your food, nor eat while painting. Use newspaper on your kitchen counter if
doing something there. Wash brushes in a place you never prepare food or cover
a little bit of the counter. Wipe much
of the paint off soiled brushes on paper towels before washing them. All just common sense. I think we can get by
with walnut oil as a medium, no turpentine to hurt our sweet earth the Lord has
given us. I am still experimenting with this after owning maybe 12 bottles of medium for water washable oils, expensive and most not even opened!
Blick Italy knife style 44 You will soon want more.
Panels to paint, inexpensive and disposable and not frightening! And you can scrape off anything you paint and don’t like as long as it is wet. Use one just to stroke paint on and try out your brushes. But these are also nice enough to frame and keep. You never know when comes the masterpiece!
Canvas panels to paint, Blick size 6 x 8, size 8 x 10, size 9 x 12 get 6 of each size. I buy them by the dozens and just grab which ever one I want. I keep them standing up in a book case shelf. Do not buy student grade. And you do not need the more expensive linen ones.
One table top easel number 50359 1001 This is an American made one priced about $32. Any other you have or find should do.
A pad of disposable palette sheets in a plastic box within a large freezer bag helps keeps paint fumes from migrating in my fridge. I also own other palette systems that do not go in the freezer. This paint has very little fume to worry about.