What are the Essential Materials for Beginners?

 

Sketchpad

When you start learning to draw and paint you can be totally overwhelmed by all the range of materials out there.  There is so much choice, which is great but where do you start?

Some of my learners have rushed out and spent a fortune purchasing so many materials which they then aren’t sure what to do with or don’t like using.

My advice would be start with the ‘essentials’ there are certain materials that in my view all artists need.  This is a personal list, so it will vary for each of us, but here is my list of my essential materials:

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What is the Difference Between Different Paint Types?

Before you start painting it is useful to consider the different paint types and the characteristics of each.  If you are complete beginner, here is a summary of each type of paint and their key features:

Watercolour 

Watercolour is a challenging medium for beginners but that shouldn’t put you off trying it.  If you make a mistake in watercolour, it usually means starting a new painting unlike other mediums such as oil and acrylic where you can paint over the paint underneath and make adjustments.

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