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It’s not you, it’s the paints
If you are having trouble mixing colors as a beginning painter, make sure that you are not using cheap craft paints. While these paints are sometimes suitable for crafts, their low level of pigment will have you frustrated when you are trying to mix colors and paint on canvas.
You can mix a full specturm of colors with just the primary colors. I also like to use thalo green for it’s distinctive minty color. I have been using the brand Grumbacher, and also recommend the brand Blick for beginning and mid-level artists.
Here are all the colors that I use for my courses:
- Crimson Red: https://amzn.to/33EiFtA
- Cadmium Yellow: https://amzn.to/33FXveT
- Thalo Green: https://amzn.to/2XHqXgw
- Cobalt Blue: https://amzn.to/2E7Yvy3
- Black: https://amzn.to/2XHCGfk
- White: https://amzn.to/3a6ZTfC
You will need three standard types of brushes that I use in most classes:
- A 1-inch wash brush: https://amzn.to/3aa5D8z
- A medium-sized, round brush: https://amzn.to/39z51bh
- A tiny round brush too, like this: https://amzn.to/2VRkCPC
You’ll need something to paint on. I love to use boxed canvases from value packs, such as these. You can paint on any size you like, but I favor the 12×16″ or 11×14″ sizes for my tutorials.
You will need palate paper like this.
You will need to put down some sort of protective covering on the tablespace where you are painting, such as a table cloth or butcher paper. You will also need paper towels and a water cup. (I usually get these kinds of things at a dollar store.)
You’ll also see me use an old toothbrush for splatter painting, as well as occasionally painters’ tape.
Ok, let’s get creative!!