Materials List – Painting: Getting Started

A set of paints

I would recommend getting a set of Daler Rowney System 3 paints – a really good medium quality artists paint.  I would avoid the cheaper paints as you will notice the difference in quality – they will be more runny and you won’t get as good 3D effects, plus they are harder to layer! This brand is a very good buy.   You can get a starter pack like this from Cass Art, or Amazon. 


An A4 pad (or A3 if you have space to work on this scale at home) ofCartridge paper – 220g weight This is a nice weighted quality art paper, great for use with a wide range of mediums and it doesn’t warp too much when using lots of paint and water.  This is a good brand from Cass Art, or otherwise Seawhite are a good brand which you can get on Amazon.

A set of paint brushes and palette knives

This Daler-Rowney Graduate Brush & Knife Set is perfect for this course as it has lots of different brush options and palette knives, which you will need. You can buy this from Art Discount or you can buy this on Amazon. 

Paint palette

This basic palette from Amazon is great.

Additional materials you will need …..

  • Something to put your water in – I would just use a glass jar or cut off plastic bottle from your recycling! 
  • Something to protect your work surface from getting paint on – which could be newspaper, or a large bin bag, or you could buy a plastic table cover.  
  • Wet wipes and paper towels (for cleaning up afterwards)
  • A range of recycled materials e.g. a toilet roll, some bubble wrap, some plastic lids etc (needed for lesson 1)   
  • A pair of scissors (needed for lesson 3)

Any questions about materials

If you have any questions about the materials for this course, where to get them or whether some other materials that you already have are suitable, do contact me and I’d be happy to answer these.