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Enjoy 10% Off Orders of $35 or More, and Free Shipping On Orders of $35 or More! Promo Code CEXR. Exclusions apply.Inktober is almost over, but you can still get great pen and ink deals! At Blicks. Just follow these links. Check out my original paintings. Priced to sell!!

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Oil Painting Supplies From Utrecht Art.

Blick Art Materials
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Oil Painting  Supplies from Utrecht are many, so here we go.

First, I will cover the paints themselves. I will show you a couple of colors in each brand. Then you can choose which brand you like. It is a good idea to get professional paint unless you are just starting. First is Utrecht,  Quality product made with only the purest of materials. Each color is ground to the specific consistency to enhance that particular color.Oil Paint, Alizarin Crimson  Click on the pictures; they are your links.Oil Paint, King's Blue
Available in about 24 colors, that mixes well with others for custom colors. Prices vary from $3.50 and up. Two sizes.


Now we will look at the brand called Rembrandt Artists Oil Medium.
Artists' Oil Paint, ViridianArtists' Oil Paint, Asphaltum
Know for their professional quality. Colors should be mixed with only the best Linseed and Safflower Oils.  They have a smooth buttery texture. Available in nearly 40 different colors.

Gamblin Artest Oil Paint is next.
Artists' Oil Paint, SilverProfessional artist grade Colors. They are made with the purest pigment and high-quality Linseed oil.  DO NOT thin with Turpentine. I won’t continue because they carry around 30-40 different brands of just Oil paint.

Daniel Greene Portraiture Starter Brush SetThis is a complete set of brushes, but you will need a 1 and 2-inch bristle brush, and a gentle big mop brush is very helpful to have too.Atelier Mottler Brush, Badger Blend, FlatColossal Camel Hair Mop BrushHere is the mop brush way down here. These brushes are expensive. Oil brushes are. Go ahead and look around and get the only the ones you want. And remember if you follow my links to a store, I will get a bit of commission.

There are canvas sheets for you can practice on. Some come loose, but most are in a tablet. Brush Cleaner and Preserver This is Masters brush cleaner and preserve. It is gentle and can be used on all brushes. If there is any residue left in the brush it will remove it. Just read the directions on each brand.  This second bottle removes residue also with very little vapor. Non-toxic and biodegradable so it is better for you and the environment.

Brush Cleaner & Restorer

Linseed OilLinseed Oil Safflower oil or this Stand Oil are all popular to use.
Stand OilLinen Canvas Panels, FineCanvases Come in all thicknesses and sizes. this is a linen canvas. They also come in many brands. The linen canvas is used by a seasoned artist. They are a stretched canvas. I rearly use stretched canvas. I use cotton canvas boards. They are called studio canvas boards. they aren’t real spendy. The also make canvases for watercolor so when you go to purchase one be sure to check for that.  Studio Canvas Panels, FlatTStudio Canvas PadsThe second to the last is stretched canvas. They are really nice to use. I like to use them. But for me, these panels are more practical. the last picture is a bundle or canvas board or you can pick the size you want.  And the last is I found the canvas pad with sheets of canvas in it. These pictures are all links. So don’t look for words until you click on the picture.  Thank you for hanging out with me. Come back and we will do some more shopping together.

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Acrylic Supplies

I will start with some paper you can paint on for practice first then work up to brushes, Arches Watercolor PaperBuy BLICK acrylic painting supplies! As for brushes, I would not buy a set I would buy them individually. Because you really don’t need them all to start with. But will want to use them later after you get the feel of the brushes and know what to do with them. Although some times a small set can be A frugal deal. If you click on these links and go the product and buy, I will get a bit of commission. I won’t get rich selling 5 & 10 dollar items. lol

Utrecht art supplies mean just that. They supply not only supplies for painting but sculpting, drafting, and printmaking to name a few.   RealValue Brush Sets in Synthetic Acrylic (#9132)RealValue Brush Sets in Synthetic Acrylic (#9153)These brushes, both sets are good for acrylic and oil. they have a mix of natural and synthetic bristles. And the price is really nice. Once you get into this store you can decide if it is best for you. I truly believe that when it comes to acrylic painting, a good brush is worth a million.


400 Series Acrylic PadRealValue Brush Sets in Synthetic Acrylic (#9153)

I love these pads. I used them like crazy when I was practicing painting. And I still keep it on hand to try things I have never tried before.

This is a nice inexpensive brush set to start with. I am kind of hooked on brushes. If I go to a craft store to by canvas, I always come home with brushes. I love them. They are my not so secret habit. I have so many. but I could use more filberts. lol.

Galeria Acrylic Paint Set, 10 ColorsThis paint set picture is so tiny. but it doesn’t help to enlarge it, it gets blurry. Well, this set comes in both 20ml and 60 ml tubes.  And I really love galleria paint. It is just the perfect consistency.

Blick has several sets too. They even have the colors divided into shades. One is Autumn than Summer. Also Earth and Portrait. Other brands are Liquidex, Golden, Revees and Winsor & Newton. A lot of variety. I usually get Liquidtex. It has a nice consistency and the price is right for a starving Artis like me. There are tons of us out there.

Acrylic Paint Marker, 2mm Fine Tip 12pc Set
Acrylic Paint Marker, 2mm Fine Tip 12pc Set “A”

These come in several sizes. and several sized sets. So it is your choice depending on your needs. I have not tried these yet. So I can’t give you my opinion.
Unprimed Wood Painting Panels, 1 5/8These wooden boxes come with a keyhole in the back. And in all sizes.  I believe they even have them in the round.

Then I ask about canvases. I do use a stretch canvas from time to time. But mostly I like the canvas board. To each there own. But it is nice for storage and for shipping.Premier Heavyweight Cotton Archival Panels, 1/8

Here they are. They are very nice. and come in all sized up to an 11 by 14. But some brands have larger ones. The brands are Blick Primer, Blick Studio, Federics, Raymar, and Richeson to name just a few. They just have one kind where I go So that is all I have tried. I will have to start getting them through here so I can try some different kind. It should be smooth with a nice tooth to the fabric. Nice and smooth. You can sand it with fine sandpaper then apply another coat of gesso. Artist like to use the stretched canvas. I really like the feel of these. the canvas will have a little bit of giving to it, unlike a hardboard. They are very nice. There you go for now. I hope both your shopping and you painting all go well.

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Back to the Very Basics. Bits and Pieces

I have been sitting here having my morning coffee and “wondering.” But Mom use to say ” Don’t wonder to far you will get lost.” I guess I was in the habit if saying ” Mom I wonder…” Poor woman had a lot of questions to answer.

Anyway back to what I was going to say. I love the you-tube videos because the show me how to do things. But what they leave out is the time to keep up with them. It goes so fast and makes it look so easy. I am always starting and stopping the video and I get pint all over my computer. Saying what!, what!,go back. I didn’t see that. Show me what the brush is doing etc..

And the trouble with a book is , you have to buy the entire book to just get the part you needed. I have bunches of books. I learned to paint before the you-tube craze.

So what I will “try” to do is teach bits and pieces. Get back to the basics of painting. I will do a blog type post. And you have the ability at the bottom of each page to ask questions or to give your own expert advice on how you do it that might be easier to some people to learn. We all learn in different ways. I like details involved with anything I try to learn. I am not more than an average woman of 62. Like I said in a previous post, I can’t afford video equipment. It was be talk and pictures.  Off I go. Remember to give suggestions and I will answer them If I can.

A last tip, a lot of these basics can be interchanged to watercolor and Oils.

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Cleaning Your Acrylic Brushes

Washing Acrylic Paint Brushes
It is time to talk about brush preference.  I started with soft natural hair brushes. I do not like them for day to day use.  You don’t want anything really stiff either. Both the soft fuzzies and the stiff brushes have there placed so have a few in your collection. The main kind I like is a medium soft synthetic brush.  They hold just enough paint and feel good in my hand. So don’t go by the most expensive brush when you start.   Some of the cheaper brushes are great. But not the bag of brushes of all kinds unless it is a child’s projects.  I keep them and inexpensive paint on hand because when my grandbabies come over it is always ” Grandma can I paint”  And I love it.  I have a rock-lined front sidewalk. Grapefruit sized. They are happy to paint rocks and have them displayed there.

Another thing I didn’t realize I needed to do was clean my brushes. Well, yeah I washed them out with water. But after a few times, it wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. And a liner brush would do the same thing curl and would be a three liner brush. Split and unusable. So I started washing them with Dawn dishwashing liquid. I scrubbed them good and rinsed them. Then I put them back in their original shapes and put them down to dry. This system worked pretty well and would make my brushes work for me a while longer

Then I discovered a new product. It is a solution to soak your brushes before cleaning. It is called “ brush cleaner & restorer. It’s made by “Winsor & Newton”. They are a fantastic company for everything painting. Their products are quality. So I took my sad-looking brushes and let them soak overnight. You don’t have to soak them that long. Then when you clean the brushed use a metal knife and use that to work the softened material out of the brush were it has dried near the metal. Work way down where the hairs come out because that is the place if the paint builds up there. It causes problems. And when it does the bristles won’t stay together. They are pushed apart by the dry paint.

Another helpful product is called “Pink Soap” it is a brush cleaner and conditioner. It works on acrylics and OILS. It is cleaner as well, better than the dawn. But when you put the bristles back in place after, cleaning they look almost new.

Thanks for reading this I hope it was helpful. Have a great day. Hopefully, you will be Painting soon.


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