I was looking at my supplies yesterday and it hit how many acrylic paint supplies I have tried, hated, loved and added to my arsenal. Every artist will have a different point of view and by no means is my method the only way.
As a new artist, it’s no easy feat to figure out what you need just to get going - without a little guidance from another artist or a super helpful art store. A really good art store can feel overwhelming by the sheer volume of resources they carry. At first I was intimidated and browsed quietly until I built up my confidence up to know what I was asking for. The truth is, it’s much more effective to go into the store with a bit of plan so you stay focused on what you need. The options of products you can “try” can be distractions and easily send your pocket book into the negative. (Oops, I’ve done it!)
If you’re just starting out with painting, and don’t want to spend much start with a basic paint brand like A2, and avoid the cheap, cheap brands (that you usually find in the $2 shops) as it never gives you quality colour and will disappoint. Most often it even makes you feel worse about your work because it looks so terrible. It tends to be full of fillers that make it look like cheap plastic, and transparent because it has no real pigment in it.
I prefer to work with quality paints because they give me 2000% better colour and usually don't require me to buy multiple tubes because the colour is so weak. With quality, the colour goes a long way!! Its truer colour with saturated pigment, and with coverage that goes a long way it doesn’t make you pull your hair out.
The other thing to keep in mind is that you really don’t need to buy all 1000 colours available if you know how to mix colours. Most beginners will only need 6-8 colours that will give you many options to mix. And if you don’t know how to mix a colour, take a workshop or look up an online tool so you can make your dollars stretch.
Although I have many brands of paint I work for different reasons (opaque vs. transparent, gloss vs matte) My favourite paints are Golden! The pigment is amazing and glides on like butter. They have three types of paint that allow an artist to use various thicknesses based on what effect your looking for. Get in touch with Kate at The Artstore online to hook you up with my favourite go-to starter pack of paints. It’s a pack of colours that give a bundle to mix.
If you have just signed up for one of my workshops, you’ll be in luck as The Online Artstore sponsors our workshop supplying us with top quality paints to try on the day. Seriously lucky bunch of artists!
If you have any questions about paint, get in touch with me via Instagram DM. I’ll do my best to point you in the best direction.
P.S. this is not a sponsored post, I just love paint that works and artshops that make it easy!
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The first step in collecting art is to understand why you’re collecting a piece of art in the first place. Do you want it to inspire you? Are you adding it as a decorative element to a room? Are you looking at it as an investment? Is the artwork a temporary fix or do you want to have a piece that will last? Once you understand this, you can start looking further.
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