Painting Supplies that an Artist will Always Need

Artists have different ways of achieving results in their paintings. Some artists like to paint very detailed work, while others prefer to freestyle their paintings. When it comes to painting, each artist has their preferred tools and techniques for completing a painting, no matter how they choose to go about it. Depending on the effect that the artist wants (or is currently incorporating) into their artwork; these are seven painting supplies that an artist will almost always need in one way or another:

1) Paint Brushes

Most artists usually use brushes because even though paint can be applied to other objects (sponges or rollers), there's nothing (aside from hands) better than using brushes to get the desired result you want. There are so many different paint brushes out there to choose from. Therefore, you have to figure out what particular type of stroke you're looking for when painting.

2) Paint Palette

A palette is another tool that comes in very handy when you start applying paint to your artwork. You can use a plate or any other sort of flat surface that is clean and free of debris to mix the colors you want for your piece of art. It helps make the painting process much easier to have a dedicated space for mixing colors instead of using random surfaces nearby (like the corner of an already dirty table).

3) Paper Towels/Rags

It doesn't matter how careful you are while practicing with paint or during a painting session. There will always be spills. Make sure that you have some type of clean rag/paper towels nearby so that when accidents happen, you're prepared to wipe them up quickly.

4) Paper Surfaces for Painting

Any type of surface that accepts paint well is good to use for painting. Many different surfaces can be used to paint on, but paper products like card stock and Bristol board are the most widely used surfaces. These are thicker pieces of paper with either a smooth finish (Bristol board) or a glossy finish (card stock).

5) Easel

An easel is an object that holds your art tools up at the height which you need to do your work comfortably. An easel can often be as simple as a tripod with a clamp/hook to hold the paper in place, but some artists prefer larger professional-grade studio easels. It doesn't matter how small or big the easel is; having one makes it easier to finish your painting to completion.

6) Canvas

The best paintings are done on canvases because they provide stability (some more than others) which will help prevent accidental bumps and flawed strokes of paint during application (like when you accidentally move too quickly or push down too hard). These accidents become less likely on canvases since the canvas is fairly sturdy for its thickness and weight, making it durable enough to handle different types of paint (thick or thin).

7) Acrylic Paints

Acrylic paints are popular for many artists because they're water-soluble, versatile, and affordable. Acrylic paint can usually cover surfaces easily since it's rather thin in consistency, while being more opaque than watercolor paints (which are transparent). Also, acrylics dry quickly, which is another reason why so many artists use this product.

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