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Painting Supplies and Travel Tips for A Brush with Tuscany 3
Supplies for Watercolor & Acrylic Painters

Selection of colors to your liking, easel, paper, hat, cleaning materials, etc.


Supplies for Oil Painters​​​

I prefer Gamblin Paints. If you are getting them locally make sure to use a 50% off coupon for each purchase you can get online, or in store for stores like Michaels and Hobby LobbyLess expensive online art suppliers include Jerry's Artarama, Dick Blick, Cheap Joe's, and ASW.

  • Easel

    • French Easel or Pochade Box - any compact easel will work.

  • Brushes

    • Royal Langnickel series #5590 and a variety of bristle brushes - flats, rounds, and filberts, small to large. For detail work, I recommend any small round brush. Don't forget the brush cleaner.

  • Canvas

    • Normally I stretch a canvas using Claessens double-primed Belgian linen, No. 15. For a en plein air workshop, I recommend linen or primed canvas mounted on a wood support to keep the sun from shining through. You can make them yourself using 1/4" birch or purchase Pintura (canvas) or Rafael (linen) panels from ASW. Bring a variety of sizes (smaller for color studies and larger for final paintings (8x10, 10x12, 11x14), just make sure that you purchase the correct size to fit in your wet paint carrier.

  • Palette

    • Titanium White (I use Lefranc), Cadmium Yellow light, Yellow Ochre Light, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson, Terra Rosa, Transparent Oxide Red, Viridian Green, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black. (Rembrandt or Windsor Newton).

  • Mineral Spirits

    • Gamsol or Turpenoid, also some small containers to hold medium.

  • Paper Towels (I use Viva) and trash bags to clean up

  • Medium

    • 1: Stand Oil, 1: Triple Rectified Turp, 5: Damar Varnish or WN Liquin

  • Sketch Material

    • Book or pad, Pencils (I like Faber Castell graphite 2900 - 6B) and a Sharpie marker. 


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One of Eli's workshops

When purchasing oil paints:

  • My suggestion is to buy professional quality colors. They are more expensive, but because they have a higher percentage of pigmentation you use less paint

  • Buy the smallest tubes - 37ml (except for Permalba White)

  • If the tube says it is for oil sketching, it is probably student grade

  • The cadmium colors are the most costly

Traveling by Air With Oil Paints

When you are traveling by air it is a good idea to pack a Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provided by your paint manufacturer along with your paints. Select "Search" from their menu and enter the term "Materials Safety Data Sheet" into the search box—it will give you a link to a pdf you can download and print. (Print it out and keep it with your paints in your luggage)

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