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Oil Painting Beginner's Shopping List

Updated: Jan 10

If you are a beginner at oil painting like me, this post will help you to build your first supply list. As a beginner, we do not need so many colors to start with. The beauty of oil painting is being able to mix colors and obtain different values, chroma and hues. Here is the basic list of supplies that I used as an oil painting beginner:


THE PAINT


Depending on what your painting niche is, the colors on your palette will change. But as a starter, I bought a set from Williamsburg (handmade oil paints) with these colors in the set: Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue, Fanchon Red, Permanent Yellow Light, Viridian, Burnt Sienna, and Yellow Ochre. I bought this set from Blick Art Materials. Whenever I cannot find a product that I'm looking for on Amazon, Blick is my first choice to go to.


Williamsburg basic oil painting set
Williamsburg basic oil painting set

Williamsburg is known as a high-quality oil painting brand. What makes them great is their high pigment, high luminosity, and their creamy texture. However, as a beginner, you can start with cheaper and yet still good options such as Winsor & Newton.


THE PAPER/CANVAS


As a Beginner, it was helpful for me to start with a canvas paper. As a drawing artist, I am used to working on horizontal surfaces, and working with oil painting on a familiar surface made our first session way easier for me. Here is the canvas paper I used: Strathmore Canvas Paper.


As my first oil painting, I chose an avocado, because they are my favorite fruits! 😊And this was a great way to show everyone how vivid and rich Williamsburg colors are. I simply cut the Canvas Paper in the half and started painting right away!:

oil painting avocados
Oil painting avocados

If you want to work with a canvas, as a starter I recommend this brand: They are quite sturdy and since they are triple primed, they are quite absorbent. As a beginner, I highly recommend you start small. Because at this point, you are learning the paint: the texture, how to mix, and blend, and you are getting to know your colors. This is why I chose 12 by 12. It was a good size to begin with!