Here are some things you can start collecting (or buying as Christmas presents) The challenge will start on the 1st of Jan.
- 5 acrylic paints =3 primary colours of paint. (as true as you can to a true red, (or get a pinky red, rather than an orangy red) blue and yellow)- plus white and black and more if you feel like it. But this is what you need to start. * see notes below - a set of paint brushes different sizes - (you can get these at the $2 shop- you could get the flat or pointed ends or why not both packs as they are only $3ea pack. You will also see some thicker ones in the shop too- these are handy to have) - an empty mug or yogurt container that is big enough that the weigh of the water will stop it from tipping over. - a rag (old facecloth, old tshirt, paper towel even) - A4 paper (you can get a whole pack for $5 in places like kmart, and warehouse stationery) - an old plate that you can cover with wax paper or glad wrap (you don't want to wash dried paint down your drain) - pencil (any basic pencil- the focus will not be on sketching so no need for a shading pencil) - if you want you could get a sketchbook to do your work in (but you'd need to wait for pages to dry before turning page) or get an A4 folder (u probably have extras from school- or get from kmart $1-$2) - clipboard (from anywhere like kmart or $2shop) these are great to protect your table and keep paper from blowing away - you could get a couple of these if you have friends kids over too, and u can use them to display art as well. - canvas - only if you want. paper is fine. but kmart has cheap canvas, and Warehouse stationery often has 60% off sales. You could also wait till boxing day or new year sales for these.
NOTE: about the paint. 1. Student quality paint - (it actually says it on the container) PROS It's affordable. It's fine for using on paper. (probably washes out of clothes- not sure) CONS It can be a bit thin. It is not good for canvas. (it goes on and looks fine but if you wet it, or need to wipe it, it will wash right off. To prevent this you can seal it with modge podge)
2. Artist quality paint (also says Artist's acrylic on it) PROS It does not come off your canvas. You only need a little bit and it goes further. Meaning, you can add water, or white and you will notice the colour going further than the student acrylic. CONS Expensive at on the onset. Hard to get back into the tube if you squeeze out too much.
3. Test pots PROS Doesn't wash off your canvas. Huge range of colours. Cost less than artist paint. CONS Not in a tube so you have to dip your brush in to get some. If you tip it out you could get paint down the side and then the lid will stick.
Use what you already have or For kids: I'd get FAS 500ml bottles of red, blue, yellow and white + black or smaller Reno art paints from $2 shop and larger white and black from Warehouse stationery (500ml FAS student acrylic) For beginner adults: I'd get artist paints (and add in some extra pink/red or purple as purple is not so easy to make) plus get student FAS 500ml white (its fine to mix student quality with artist quality) BUT..... if you are feeling like they are too expensive I'd go for test pots!! Resene has nice small ones, but Bunnings has big ones. (photo with glue stick showing size of bunnings $10 test pots)
You can certainly mix any brand of acrylic with any other brand of acrylic. And if you're just using cheap stuff like in my video below, you can put modge podge over top off any canvas or paper work to protect and brighten. Important to keep lids on tight as acrlyic is water based and will dry out. When on your palette if you feel your paint is drying quick in this summer heat, just dip your brush in water and mix some drops of water into your paint. Only use a bit at a time until you get a sense of how much you need each session etc.
We will cover more about colour theory week by week. :) I'm so excited to work with you starting on the first of January.