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Oil and acrylic painting materials

Hello and welcome to the autumn painting course. If its your first time on this blog don't forget to subscribe to that you will be notified about all the posts.

I wanted to give you some information about materials for the course, to sere as a guide, while you build up your store. There is always a lot of experimenting when it comes to seeing what works for you.

if you're using acrylics don't forget a water pot, rags, a variety of brushes (synthetic preferably) and maybe a spray bottle to stop the paint drying out. I use a plastic palette that has a sealable top which stops the paints drying out too much.

If you're using oils you'll need a container for some painting medium (not turps or commercial paint thinner). I use a mixture of Zest it and refined linseed oil in equal quantities but there are many ready made products. Please make sure they are odourless and used sparingly.

Please bring rags, brushes and a palette (which could be a large plate).

I have a supply of paper, which you can use but it does soak up the paint quickly, which isn't ideal. You can prime some cardboard with a couple of coats of PVA sealant (about 1 part to 2 of water) and this will give you a less porous, rigid surface which is a nice colour mid tone to work off. There are special pads or canvas boards you can buy too.

I use cheap soap and warm water to clean all my brushes. If you are using acrylics make sure they don't dry out with paint on them. Keep your brushes wrapped up in a cloth, wash them out carefully at home and let them dry flat. You can throw away oily rags in the red bin at COAS.

If you have any questions about this topic just reply on this post, it may be something that other people wanted to know as well!

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