Shop for Art Supplies

Shop for Art Supplies

Here’s a list of art supplies (paint brushes, canvas, water colors, and more) I use and highly recommend for painting. If you need to shop for art supplies, read on.

Best Paint brushes

For face painting and acrylic paintings, I use a set of 24 synthetic bristle brushes by Handmade modern that I picked up from Target for $19.99. You can find a similar paint brush set on Amazon.

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If you are just starting out with painting and feel overwhelmed by so many art paint brushes, here is a set of 7 paint brushes by handmade modern.

Best Water Color Paints and Water Color brushes

Winsor and Newton has a gorgeous, portable and affordable set of water color paints (aka water colour paints) that I love. Best of all it’s $12 and these paints will last you a long time!

Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers' Pocket Box, Half Pans, 14-Pieces

Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers’ Pocket Box, Half Pans, 14-Pieces

The water color kit above comes with a mini brush that I use. I also use my other brushes (linked above) for the water color paints.

Here’s a water color painting I did using the kit:

Best Water Color Paper

Painting with water colors requires special paper so that the water you wet the paint with doesn’t soak through. I use Canson Mixed Media paper. The paper is heavy enough for water colors and you can also use acrylic paints or pen or pencil on it.

Best Acrylic Paints

I use Liquitex Basics Acrylic paints. You really only need white plus the three primary colors, which are red, blue and yellow.

Grab a set of red, blue, yellow, white and black for under $20 here. From those colors, you can create all the other colors.

Learn the basics of color theory with my free painting tutorials.

If you want to get fancy, you can order a set of all the acrylic paint colors here.

Blank Canvas or Stretched Canvas

It’s tempting to shop for canvas at Michael’s or another craft store. But if you want to save serious money and still get high quality painting canvas, shop online. Here’s what I use:

Daveliou Stretched Canvas is $19.55 for a pack of five (size 11×14 inches) Blank  Canvases for Painting. They are triple primed art Canvases that are perfect for kids, adults, students and professionals. 

Here’s some owl wall art I painted with the canvas I mentioned above:

Owl Spirit Animal Art by Sarah Jordan

Owl Spirit Animal Art by Sarah Jordan

So there you have it. The best art supplies, on a budget.