If you want to learn how to draw or paint and are wondering what materials you’ll need, this list of art supplies for beginners covers eight products every new artist should have.
Graphite pencils can be used to draw everything from the simplest of sketches to highly detailed drawings. They can be bought individually, or in sets. Sets are great for beginners because they have an assortment of pencil types for drawing and shading. The average six-pencil set will have a 2H, HB, B, 2B, 4B, and a 6B. These numbers correspond with the hardness of the graphite.
Watercolor and acrylic paints are two of the best choices for those learning to paint. They’re both water-based, so paint thinners aren’t needed for painting or clean-up. Beginners can learn basic painting skills by taking a class, or from books, videos, or online tutorials.
Once you have paints, you’ll need some brushes. You’ll find many types to choose from: natural or synthetic bristle, long handle or short handle, and various shapes and sizes. To keep things simple as you’re learning how to paint, choose a beginner’s brush set for watercolors or acrylics. Sets include an assortment of brushes for different painting techniques.
A canvas pad is a good surface for those starting out with acrylic paints. It has tear-out sheets which are primed and ready to paint on.
Watercolor paper is thick enough to handle water without warping. Look for a “cold-pressed” watercolor paper pad with 140 lb. (300 GSM) weight paper. Cold-pressed paper has some texture, which makes it easier to paint on.
You’ll need a paint palette for mixing colors or diluting them with water for painting. Plastic palettes can be used with watercolors and acrylics.
Colored pencils are important art supplies to have because they can be used in any piece of artwork to add different hues or textures to the piece. There are also different types of colored pencils that range in density which provide vastly different strokes and lines on the page.
Markers provide vibrant pieces and truly bring your characters and work to live. Markers blend together beautifully and can be combined to make a large hue of colors with just two markers. A great solution for beginner artists.
Of course, there are plenty of other fabulous art supplies to add to your aspiring artist’s stash, but these are the “must-haves” for any artists.
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