It can be hard to know what art materials to use and even harder to discover what materials work best for you. To gain insight into the best art materials out there, we asked a few of our artists what their go-to’s were for paint brushes, paints, canvas, sketchbooks and packaging materials, and why. When it comes down to it, finding the right art materials is a combination of trial and error and learning what works for you, but with these recommendations, we hope to help you get started. Here’s what our artists had to share!

1. Brushes

 

SYNTHETIC BRUSHES

 

PRINCETON’S FLAT BRUSHES

What artists say:

Affords a great sense of control

 

 

ISABEY

What artists say:

Soft, does not leave bristle marks, and great to paint with

 

 

 

RICHESON WATER COLOR BRUSHES

What artists say:

Soft bristles, and allows you to achieve different edges

 

 

UNCONVENTIONAL TOOLS

 

Scrapers from the hardware store, recycled cardboard

Why?

Gives a wide range of options for getting full coverage

Hands, Foam, and Cardboard

Why?

Creates a desired mark on the canvas

 

 

2. PAINT BRANDS

 

ACRYLIC

 

 

GOLDEN

What artists say:

 Superior quality, and colors that work well

 

 

 

                     

UTRECHT 

What artists say:

 Amazing texture and great coverage

 

 

 

 

 

LIQUITEX

What artists say:

Great consistency and coverage

 

OILS

 

GAMBLIN

What artists say:

Great for quality,  and environmental responsibility

Interesting colors- Unusual “radiant” shades in pink and blue

 

 

OLD HOLLAND

What artists say:

Great for richness of pigments, and intensity of color

 

 

 

RICHESON

What artists say:

Inexpensive, with great color intensity

 

3. CANVAS

MICHAEL’S

What artists say:

Quality is spectacular for their price

Heavier stretcher bars

 

BLICK ART MATERIALS

What artists say:

Free shipping, fast, good prices and wide range of choices

 

 

ART SUPPLY WAREHOUSE

What artists say:

25% off on all products a couple of times a year which makes it worthwhile to stock up

 

 

JERRY’S ARTARAMA

What artists say:

Their Belgian linen or primed or unprimed canvases are great for stretching your own canvas

 

4. SKETCHBOOKS

 

 

CANSON

What artists say:

Reasonably priced and of good quality!

 

 

 

STRATHMORE BRISTOL

What artists say:

Affordable, and holds up well with mixed media

 

5. PACKING MATERIALS

 

ULINE MIRROR BOXES

What artists say:

Sturdy, and great for a range of painting sizes

UHAUL MIRROR BOXES

What artists say:

Convenient, and inexpensive

 

 

 

BOX BROTHERS
What artists say:

Carry a lot of unique sized boxes

 

 

 

 

KRAFT PAPER

What artists say:

Good for wrapping paintings

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We hope this list helps, and feel free to share your personal recommendations and/or the stories behind some of the materials you use in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

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