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Oil Painting & Drawing Academy

Items are listed as follows:
• Essential- you need these items "high priority"
• Secondary- great items but not an absolute necessity. 
• Optional- these are items I have found to be convenient to have, but are not necessary items

Drawing Pencils
by Prismacolor

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ESSENTIAL- Drawing Pencil set-  make sure you get the medium set so you have the widest variety of pencil leads. 

Kneaded Eraser
by Prismacolor

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ESSENTIAL-  You'll need at least two of these kneaded erasers.  One for graphite drawing and the other for charcoal drawing.  These erasers can molded to any shape and erase by rubbing back and forth or pressing and lifting.  

White Pearl Eraser
by PaperMate

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ESSENTIAL-  Just about any white eraser will work, I prefer these inexpensive erasers. 

Retractable Erasers
by PaperMate

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OPTIONAL-  A great eraser for small areas.  

Drafting Brush
 

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SECONDARY-  Any type of drafting brush to brush the eraser crumbs off your paper without smearing it.  I really like this hake brush.

Small Sketch Book
 

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ESSENTIAL-  Small sketchbooks are perfect for our warm-ups exercises.  Any inexpensive brand will do for this.

Drawing Paper
by Strathmore

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ESSENTIAL-  A book of drawing paper (not sketch) is great for your drawing projects. 

Onyx Black Ink Pen
by Uniball

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SECONDARY-  A great permanent black ink pen used for "line & wash" art, ink drawings and more.  Can also use pigma pens of different thicknesses as well, but I like this medium tipped pen the best.

Cadmium Red Light Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  Cad Red Light (Lt-Red)

I prefer Gamblin or M. Graham brands.

Alizarin Crimson Oil Paint
by M. Graham

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR- Alizarin Crimson (Mid-red). Gamblin brand is fine too.

Transparent Red Oxide Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  Transparent Red Oxide  (Dk-Red) or you can use a Transparent Earth Red in Gamblin or M Graham brands.

Cadmium Yellow Medium
by Graham

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  Cad Yellow  (Lt-Yellow)

I prefer Gamblin or M Graham. Can also use a Cad Yellow Light

Naples Yellow Oil Paint
by M. Graham

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  Naples Yellow is. great subtle yellow! I prefer M. Graham in this color. (Med-Yellow)

Yellow Ochre Oil Paint
by M. Graham

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR- You'll be amazed at how much you use this color!  Use M. Graham or Gamblin (Dk-Yellow)

Radiant Blue Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR- A great soft blue you'll enjoy using! (Lt- Blue)

Cobalt Blue Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  This will become your go- to blue! (Med-Blue)

Ultramarine Blue Oil Paint
by M. Graham

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  A great deep blue! (Dk-Blue) 

Use either M. Graham or Gamblin)

Cadmium Orange Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  a convenient palette color for mixing!

Sap Green Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  a good natural green!

Raw Umber Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  A must have neutral color.

Burnt Umber Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  Great for value painting and more!

Asphaltum Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  A great dark black/brown.

Black Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  A great dark black/brown.

Titanium White Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  You'll use this a lot when mixing colors so that is why I have a larger tube listed!

Ultramarine Violet Oil Paint
by M. Graham

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OPTIONAL PALETTE COLOR-  This is a convenience color, great for shadows and more!

Cobalt Violet Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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OPTIONAL PALETTE COLOR-  This is a convenience color that comes in handy, especially if you like a variety of purples.

Cadmium Green Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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ESSENTIAL PALETTE COLOR-  You'll use this a lot when mixing colors so that is why I have a larger tube listed!

Cobalt Teal Oil Paint
by Gamblin

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OPTIONAL PALETTE COLOR-  I enjoy this convenience color!  Not a necessity but definitely a luxury!

Filbert Paint Brushes- different sizes
by Ebony Splendor

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ESSENTIAL- You'll need a variety of different sizes of filbert brushes. I suggest that you don't spend tons of money on them so this is an affordable option.

Round Paint Brushes- different sizes
by Ebony Splendor

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ESSENTIAL- You'll need a variety of different sizes of filbert brushes. I suggest that you don't spend tons of money on them so this is an affordable option.

Canvas Panels
 

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For your first few projects you can just use canvas panels that are 8X10 or 9X12".  These can easily be picked up at Hobby Lobby or Michaels as well.

Once you get through a few projects you'll move to stretched canvas, then MDF board and then ABS panels. 

Small Palette Knife
 

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ESSENTIAL- You'll need palette knife that is flexible and well made for mixing your paints.

Brush Washer Can
 

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ESSENTIAL- This is the container you store your Gamsol in! It has a tray with holes inside to allow the paint sediments to settle to the bottom. The three clasps ensure it doesn't leak when tipped on its side.

Turpenoid or Gamsol
for cleaning brushes

 

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ESSENTIAL- You'll need an odorless brush cleaner.  I suggest turpenoid or Gamsol by Gamblin.

Palette
 

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You will need a palette and there are several to choose from but the one most of my students use is this one!  It has a cover that seals tight so you can store your wet paints for a while.

Several students have gotten two of them so they have something to take their smaller wet paintings home in safely.  (A pizza box works great too!)

Disposable Palette Sheets
by Jack Richardson

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If you buy the palette shown above you will need some palette sheets to make clean up much easier. 

Handheld Palette
by New Wave

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This is another option for a palette. If you prefer to hold your palette instead of setting it on the table you'll love this palette.  I prefer this palette and I clean it off regularly.  It take a little more work, but it's a palette!

Apron
by Mornite

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You'll need something to protect your clothing.  Most students just use an apron, but make sure it's long and goes to your knees at least to protect your pants when you sit and paint.  You can also use a lab coat, which is what I prefer because I can wear good clothes and know that they won't get ruined. 

Lab Coat
by Magnus

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If you prefer to cover your clothing more, then a lab coat is a great choice! I love mine!  It's messy and has lots of paint on it, but my clothes don't!

Floor Easel
by Meeden

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FYI- Several of my students have asked what is a good easel for them to purchase to use at home.  I really like this one because the "H" frame is sturdy and moves easily when needed.  I have these frames in the studio and love them!