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7 Essential Paint Art Supplies That Every Artist Should Own

Although most artists have their favorite art supplies that they like to work with, there are certain items that are essential to every artist. Even though a lot depends on the type of medium the artist prefers, the Paint Art Supplies that all painters should have are generally similar and include the following:

1. A range of graphite pencils—irrespective of the type of medium you prefer, you will have to do sketches of your subject before you start on your actual painting, and this requires a set of good, reliable pencils. Three or four pencils are adequate, and supplies should include a 2B for shading and general sketching, a 4H for light areas, and a 6B for dark shading.

2. Erasers—include a white eraser in your supplies, as well as a kneaded eraser. A kneaded eraser can be molded into various shapes, making it easier for erasing small shaded areas in order to create light in your sketches.

3. Drawing paper—having the cheapest sketch pad is perfectly fine to use for your initial sketches.

4. A suitable painting surface—once you've completed sketching your ideas, you will need to do your final sketch on the surface you will be painting on. The surface you use depends entirely on the type of medium you are working with, such as:

• Watercolors—a prestretched pad is the best for this medium, as the paper has already been stretched, which means that you can start painting immediately

• Acrylics—generally, you have two choices when you're working with acrylics: namely, canvas or acrylic paper. Many artists use acrylic paper, since it allows them to work freely and make mistakes. However, the type of surface choice to use with acrylics is entirely up to the artist.

5. Palette—cheap palettes work perfectly for either acrylic or watercolor paints and are available from most art stores, as well as some large supermarkets. Palettes are easy to use and clean, no matter how much they cost.

6. Brushes—basically, you need three types of brushes for both acrylics and watercolors, and these include:

- Acrylics

• For general painting and smoothing out details, you will need a size 6 filbert, which is perfect for medium-sized paintings

• A 1" flat wash brush, mainly for painting the background in paintings

• For finer details, a small liner brush

- Watercolors

• A ¾ large or medium-size flat brush, used mainly for washes

• A size 8, 10, or 14 round bush for general painting purposes

• A size 6 liner brush, for the smaller details

7. Paint—artists don't need a huge amount of color on their palette to create beautiful paintings. In actual fact, for all mediums, working with just a few colors is a lot easier, especially for those starting out. A basic palette should consist of the following colors:

• Pthalo green

• Pthalo blue

• Cadmium red

• New Gamboge—yellow

• Burnt Umber

• Alizarin Crimson

With the above basic Paint Art Supplies, any artist will be more than ready to start experimenting and producing inspiring paintings.