Acrylic Painting Techniques


Fabriano Studio water color paper 140 lb. cold press 22”x30” ($2 per sheet at Jerry’s) or something comparable in weight and price

ACRYLIC PAINTS-2 oz. tubes or larger (5 oz.)

Utrecht brand  - Very good

Golden - better but more expensive

Other good brands are Lukas, Winsor & Newton, Liquitex

Avoid Blick’s own brand (inferior)


Ultramarine Blue

Phthalocyanine (phthalo) Blue

Hookers Green

Cadmium Yellow Medium  or  other golden yellow

Hansa Yellow   or   other lemon yellow

Cadmium Red Hue and/or Naphthol Crimson

Dioxazine Purple

Burnt Sienna (also look at Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Ochre - chose one that you like)

Titanium White  (most opaque, avoid  Zinc) - large tube 5 oz.

Black (many varieties; all are fine)


Alizarin Crimson - optional

Quinachridone Magenta (Golden brand)


synthetic or blends are fine. Make sure they are labeled for acrylic paint.

2-3 “ wide cheap hardware store brush

1” wide flat brush

1/2 to 1” wide Filbert  or Bright

1/2” wide round brush

1 small pointed round



Pad of disposable paper palettes

Metal Palette knife (chose a shape that interests you)

lots of cloth rags

Several large water containers

Newspaper or plastic sheet to cover work area

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