One of the biggest questions people have when starting out creating art is what materials should I buy and how much should I spend on them?
Art materials come in a wide range of quality and price. You definitely get what you pay for with art supplies. This goes for everything from paints, to brushes, pastels, and markers. Paints that are labeled student grade have less pigments and more of the binders or fillers in them making them less expensive. What this means is that the paint colors will not be as vibrant, they will be more difficult to mix and they may have issues over time with peeling, flaking when dry and going bad in the tube. But, student grade paints have come a long way in quality. They are not bad paints by any means but the professional grade paints are simply even better! This is true for all art supplies.
Start out with the student grade and as you use up a tube buy that color in the professional grade. This way you won't feel that pressure of spending and not wanting to waste it.
And please never feel like you are wasting paint or any of your materials when you create.
Every painting or creation is part of your learning process. None of us have created a masterpiece the first time out! It's all the stuff we create in between and before and after that make us better at what we do. Getting to know and using your materials is part of the process of creating.
What is the difference between fluid, soft body and hard body paints?
These labels simply describe the viscosity of the paint. Fluid will be able to flow easier, soft body is similar to fluid and hard body is still soft but not as fluid as the others.
You do not have to buy the most expensive brushes either. Buy a set with a variety of sizes and shapes, flats and rounds, that is made for the paints you are working with; watercolors, acrylic or oil. Once again when you feel ready purchase a brush that is a bit more expensive and see how you like it and what the difference is. As you create you'll discover you like certain sizes and shapes.
When purchasing paper the heavier weight the better it will hold up to your medium so buy 140lb at least. As for canvas, the more expensive canvas is usually thicker and better quality, but buy what you feel comfortable with. As you become more confident you may want to invest in the thicker edged gallery wrap canvas, it simply looks more professional. In the beginning buy the packs of less expensive canvas and remember with acrylics you can always paint over it!
In the beginning purchase materials that fit your budget and as you run out or use them up go for the better quality materials. You can purchase art supplies locally at Michael's Arts and Crafts, Hobby Lobby and online at Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Michael's and there are many other art supply online sources.
Surround yourself with a bounty of supplies that makes you feel excited to create.
Happy shopping for supplies and