Draw Paint Academy Supply List

Here is a list of everything I use and recommend. I have provided links to products where appropriate. Some of these are affiliate links to Amazon or Blick, meaning if you make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. These funds are used to help grow the website and promote art education to people around the world.

Keep in mind that I am primarily an oil painter. If you use acrylics or watercolors, some of these supplies will not be appropriate for you.

Anders Zorn, Self Portrait With Model, 1896
Anders Zorn, Self Portrait With Model, 1896


I mostly use the following brushes by Rosemary and Co:

Painting Surface

I was using stretched canvas, but I transitioned over to Ampersand Gessobord. It’s sturdy and feels great to paint on.

Ampersand Gessobord

My preferred surface for oil and acrylic painting.

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Palette Knives

I use palette knives for handling paint on my palette and for creating interesting marks on the canvas. I am not loyal to any brand, as long as the knives are firm and have a long, straight edge.


My preferred brands of oil paint are Langridge and Winsor & Newton (professional quality paints).

My usual color palette consists of:

  • Titanium White
  • Raw Umber
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Viridian Green
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson (or a similar alternative)
  • Cadmium Red
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light

(If you want to learn more about color, make sure to grab my free Color Theory Cheat Sheet). 


I currently have three easels which I use in different situations:

Wet Painting Carry Case


My main palette is the glass palette by New Wave Art Supplies. I also use the toned wooden palette from time to time, as it has less glare than the glass palette.

If you are just starting out on your painting journey, I also recommend toned disposable palettes. These are cheap and easy to clean up.

Solvents and Mediums

I use odorless solvent by Art Spectrum. I also have linseed oil handy, but I rarely use it for painting.

I usually start a painting with paint thinned with odorless solvent. Then I gradually transition to using paint straight from the tube.


  • Paper Towels (for cleaning up and wiping my brushes between strokes)
  • Tablet (for viewing reference photos)
  • Tablet Holder (secured next to my easel for ease of reference)
  • Brush Holder
  • Cups and Containers (for holding solvents and mediums)
  • Old Painting Clothes
  • Soap (for cleaning brushes)
  • Masters Brush Cleaner (for cleaning expensive brushes)
  • Studio Lighting – (LED Video Light and Stand Photography Lighting Kit. The lights are strong but the color temperature and strength can be altered.)

Drawing Supplies


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