Christmas Shopping for Art Materials

It is that time of year again and your friends and family will probably be thinking about what gifts they can give you if you like art.  Many well-meaning friends and family can buy us things that either aren’t suitable or perhaps aren’t the best use of their money.  I offer some suggestions to friends and family of budding artists.

Personal Choices 

Each person’s Christmas list should look different because what you need on your list depends on the type of media you like to use.  Acrylic paints are no use to you if you like pastels so try to communicate to your friends and family the type of media you enjoy.

Art to most people means, paint and pencils so understand that your friends and family won’t necessarily understand what ‘watercolour’ or ‘gouache’ means so they may need some hints.  This will make their job a lot easier and save you getting any unwanted gifts that could go to waste.

Ask for the media that you know you enjoy using
Ask for the media that you know you enjoy using

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5 Brushes for Beginners

I recommend five brushes for beginners which should give you a lot of scope with your painting.  It is important to have more than one brush and more than one brush type when you are a beginner.  You may not want to buy many brushes but these 5 are the most useful in my view.

  • Large flat brush
  • Medium sized angled flat brush
  • Medium sized round  brush
  • Small round brush
  • Medium sized filbert brush
Types of brush
The five types of brushes all beginners should have

These five brushes will give you flexibility in how you paint and each brush can do a slightly different job.  Another brush that is handy is the fan brush, this brush is fan shaped and ideal for light texture.

Most beginners buy a pack of brushes, this is often less expensive than buying brushes individually.  Look out for a pack of brushes containing these five types of brushes.  Starter brush packs are ideal for beginners but do make sure they contain brushes of different sizes, some contain brushes which are basically the same.

I would recommend synthetic brushes for beginners, they are less expensive than natural fibre brushes and are all-purpose which means you can use them for everything.

Also see my Art Materials page for more advice.