Equipment and Materials List

Essential Items:

  • Acrylic Paint (system 3 or liquitex basics are good student paint)
  • Brushes (round 6 and 12, flat 3/4 inch)
  • Palette
  • Kitchen Roll
  • Baby Wipes
  • Water pots x 2
  • Tracedown paper
  • Pencil and putty rubber
  • Brush Cleaner – I recommend The “Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver” which can be bought via Amazon
  • Masking tape
  • Board for Canvas and Paper (this can be mdf at least 8mm thick)
  • Gummed tape (if you stretch paper)
  • Masking fluid and something to apply it (old brushes with soap, colour shaper or mapping pen)
  • Waterproof pen 0.5mm
  • Small waterspray bottle
  • Spare watercolour paper to test colours
  • Notebook

Below is more detailed information about some of the equipment and materials we use, the class holds a stock of materials and equipment, I charge £10.00 per term for access to this stock, you may like to have some of these materials for your own kit but this will grow and develop as you find what you like to paint with.

Paint, Ink, Pencils, Pastels

Acrylic – it is not necessary to have all these colours at first but it is recommended that in each colour you have a warm and cool, if you are short of a colour you can have a class colour (Any make is fine, e.g. System 3 and Liquitex Basics)

  • Blues: Ultramarine and Cobalt, Pthalo Blue
  • Yellows: Cadmium Yellow and Lemon Yellow
  • Reds: Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Rose / Magenta
  • Earth Colours: Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber
  • Other: Titanium White, Dioxazine Violet and Pthalo Green

If required I will have the following available in class but you can choose to bring your own if you wish:

  • Watercolour Tubes (not pans) (Cotman student or Artist Quality, e.g. Winsor and Newton or Daniel Smith)
  • Acrylic Inks (FW or Liquitex)
  • Any pencils, soft pastels etc.. you already have 

We also use other materials such as Brusho,, Inktense, Artbars etc… but we do have a stock of these for you to try so there is no need for you to go out and buy them unless you want to.


Synthetic brushes that are suitable for acrylic, they don’t have to be expensive e.g. System 3 brushes or SAA’s own acrylic brushes or even brushes from the range – Minimum: a medium round (4 or 6) and a larger round 10 or 12, a flat ¾ inch and a large mop or flat for wetting the paper, a rigger is useful but not essential. We will also be using palette knives, any will do, I will have these available in class. 

Paper, Canvas and Canvas Board

Paper and Canvas Paper of at least 140lb in weight, stretched (I will have a selection available for purchase) or Canvas / Canvas Board (you may also use wood panels, mdf etc.. as long as they are prepared with gesso) to fit a drawing of A4 or A3 would be ideal as I provide drawings of this size.

At the beginning of each term I will send out a summary of the paintings that are planned for the term, this will give you a better idea of what paint surface will be required for each painting.


A tile or old plate can be used for mixing – for acrylic disposable tear off palettes or white plastic plates can be used. You can wrap with cling film to keep fresh.

Mediums, Gels and Pastes

I suggest initially using the groups until you know what you like using as there is a lot of choice and we will be going over the differences, it is personal preference. (Modelling paste, a matte or gloss medium and a thick gel would make a good start).


2 thoughts on “Equipment and Materials List

  • November 11, 2018 at 7:44 am

    Hiya, I’m really glad I have found this information. Today bloggers publish only about gossips and web and this is really annoying. A good web site with interesting content, this is what I need. Thank you for keeping this website, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

    • November 24, 2018 at 4:19 pm

      Hi, glad your enjoying the blog, yes I try to keep information as relevant as I can.

      I do a Newsletter (not as often as I would like) but you can sign up from my blog page, if your on a mobile you may have to scroll down, I will send you Newsletters about what I am currently doing and blog updates – current blogs are on gels and mediums, next term I will be rediscovering colour.


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