Individual Art Instruction - supplies list

I know buying the initial supplies can be a shock. You are welcome to price shop and to choose cheaper or more expensive brands at your discretion. The Amazon links posted on the right are suggestions and not required.


  • Oil colors: I strongly suggest starting with good brand paints. The fine buttery texture makes the experience substantially more enjoyable. My favorite brand is Gamblin. There are many other good brands. Windsor Newton Artisan Colors (not their Winton brand) are very good too and are easy to find locally.

Alizarin Crimson
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Yellow Light
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Umber
Titanium White

Or purchase this Gamblin Artist OIl Introductory Set at Amazon.

  • Turpenoid (thinner) - suggested 8 oz. and an empty jar with a lid to transfer some into.
  • Brushes - bristle brushes for oil painting (pack of 4 or more filberts or flats, various sizes). Brushes are tricky. I don't suggest going super expensive on a first set of brushes, but the cheapest brushes are going to become unusable quite fast. Try to find a middle of the road set to begin with, such as here or here.
  • 11x14 or 8x10 canvases
  • 2B Pencil and pad of paper for sketching and making notes.
  • Plastic palette

Please let me know any questions that you might have!

God bless.