Episode 2: What to Buy

Starting a new hobby can be a very exciting journey, especially in the world of painting! You might ask yourself, “How do I start? Which brushes do I get? What kind of paper do I need? What type of paint will I be using?”. Fear not! Paint for Fun’s newest tutorial series will take you step-by-step on how to start and get creative with colours, paints, and brushes.


We are back again with a new tutorial on getting you started with creating your first artwork!

Today we have Alison with us, and she is a Dya Creative Instructor! She will give you a simple list on what to get when you visit an art store.

For Acrylic painting:

1. Canvas (or something to paint on)

You can get this in a style of a pad, a panel, or a canvas.

2. Painting Brushes

There are many different types of painting brushes depending on what you want to create. You can also get a brush kit from ArtShed which makes this process very simple! ArtShed is an art store in Moorabin and they have a variety of artsy and crafty things that we love. Chat to one of their friendly staff about which brushes to get for your painting.

3. Palette

4. Paints

You can start with a basic acrylic paint set and it usually comes in 12-colour or 18-colour pack. Pro tip: the more paints you get in a set, the less you have to mix the paints to get the colours you want.

5. Paint Kit/Set (Optional)

For Watercolour painting:

1. Watercolour Paper

A good tip is to start with 300gsm, 100% cotton paper weight as thinner paper tends to crinkle when in contact with water. Another good tip that Alison mentioned is to use masking tape the hold edges of the paper in place on the working surface to keep it firm and neat.

2. Brushes

You can get all different types of brushes here. Alison uses acrylic brushes for her watercolour paintings because she loves the accuracy of acrylic brushes more. But this depends on you and the style of creativity that you like. The paint brushes for watercolour paintings are much softer compared to acrylic brushes, and they hold the water and disperse it nicely on paper. So you can try both and see which type of brushes you prefer!

3. Paint

You can get paints in a tube or in a paint cake. And to spice things up, you can even use salt, alcohol, iridescent and metallic paints, etc. How exciting! Keep an eye out for Paint For Fun’s watercolour workshop to bring your artwork to the next level.

For Sketching artwork:

Revi explains that sketching might seem intimidating at first, but don’t fret! It’s an amazing creative process that will help you build your foundations in painting. It will teach you a lot about perspective, scale, and innovation.

1. Drawing Sketchbook

A simple one will do! Don’t need to be super fancy with this one.

2. Sketching Pencil Set

Pro tip: the higher the number of the ‘B’, the softer shades of grey you can get. So you will get a variety of shades when you get a good sketching set. You can also get a set that includes the charcoals, or even colourful pencils or oil pastels.

3. Figure Mannequin (optional)

Stay in the loop and keep a lookout on ArtShed’s next painting and art tutorials. These free events are amazing because the members of the ArtShed team would demonstrate the various painting mediums, style of paintings, and many more!

Are you ready to get colourful and creative?

 Check out ArtShed here: https://www.artshedonline.com.au

Have a look at Paint for Fun’s upcoming classes: https://www.paintforfun.com.au/events-calendar/