Learn to paint in Acrylic paints - Step by Step
I use Golden heavy body acrylics, but any good quality acrylic paint will do. I don't recommend student grade paints. They have more fillers, less color. You will just be frustrated. The colors do vary from brand to brand, so you might have to do some experimenting to find the ones that are comparable. This is my basic "Palette" - the colors I normally use:
Many of my tutorial videos and class projects use a limited palette of just a few of these, be sure to check first to see which ones are used if you are following along with one
That's all the colors I use! From there you will learn to mix every color you need.
*This color is only found in Golden Brand Acrylics. I love it and find it indispensable. If you must substitute, the closest alternative would be Yellow Ochre
To start with a less expensive alternative to buying all of these paints right away - I have done a video demo called "Lavender Fields"using only the Golden Brand "Introductory Set" of paints.
Brushes and such
A selection of bristle and synthetic brushes. These would be for a small canvas - choose bigger sizes for a bigger canvas. You will soon discover your own favorites.
You will need a palette that you can seal up so your paint doesn't dry.
There are many choices, I use stretched canvas.:
An easel is nice, though not necessary.
Just so you aren't working on a flat table, you can take an old towel, roll it up and put a rubber band around it. Then just lean your canvas or panel on it to work.
I've created a Shopping Basket at the online art supply store Jerrys Artarama. Click on this link to go there. You can see the products I recommend, and buy them there if you want (no I'm not affiliated with Jerry's :). Hopefully it can help you know what you are looking for when you shop! If you do decide to buy from Jerrys, be sure to give yourself a couple of weeks time for delivery!