First you’ll need something to carry all your supplies. I suggest a tool or tackle box. The same companies that make them also make boxes designed specifically for paints or other craft supplies but you may find you like a toolbox from the hardware store better. I started with a small toolbox that I picked up at Walmart. My oil painting kit kept outgrowing me so I eventually upgraded to a large toolbox on wheels by Black & Decker. Expect to pay about $30 or $40 for one like mine. It’s big enough to carry all my oils, mediums, brushes and easel. It’s very strong and can double as a seat or table when I’m out in the field.
Below is a list of things you should pack in that nice new paint box of yours. You should have a different kit for each different medium you use. Make sure to keep your oils, watercolors, and acrylics separate. Remember oil and water don’t mix.
1. Paints in all your basic colors
2. Bottle of water or solvent
3. Painting knives
4. Paper towels
7. Mediums (oils, liquin, gels etc.)
8. Smock or apron
9. Pliers for those hard to open paint tubes
10. Container to wash brushes
11. Small easel if your toolbox is large enough
12. Sponges (In several different textures)
13. Tube keys (These gadgets get all the paint out of your tubes)
14. Hair styling gel (See the article on cleaning brushes)
15. Small bottle of alcohol (Acrylic paint box only)
16. Small squeeze bottle of liquid soap
17. Craft knife
That’s a great start but you’ll probably find tools and supplies you can’t do without to add to the list.
I'm Dianna Kilgore and I have been painting for 47 years. My favorite method of working is a modified traditional technique. I often under-paint with acrylics then paint layers of oils over the acrylics. I use many layers of glazes to achieve wet effects in water or glass and that inner glow that is reminiscent of the work of the old masters. Some subjects are done wet in wet but most of my work is wet layers over dry paint. I Teach in Knoxville and Maryville TN. Contact me at (865)236-4959
Monday, April 21, 2008
The Ideal Paint Box
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