My tools for acrylic painting


I paint sitting down on my bed with the canvas in front of me. I keep a drop sheet over my bedclothes. I use a large rectangular palette rather than a more traditional shape. It either ends up sitting beside me or on a dry bit of canvas. It also has a lid so paint can be kept wet for up to a few days.

Two tubes of acrylic paint


I prefer Derivan Matisse for my paint. It’s an Australian brand of cheap artist grade paint. The artist grade bit is important, it means it has more pigment than student grade paint. Derivan Matisse has two lines of acrylic paint in 75 ml tubes called “Flow” and “Structure”. I usually buy structure because I want my paint to behave in a consistent manner. Structure is a thick paint designed to be easy to create texture on ground. Flow is meant to be runny.

Antique White

I buy cheap canvases too. I then gesso them and paint a layer of Antique White. Sometimes it becomes an undercoat, sometimes the background.

Brushes, palette knife, roller

Brushes etc

I use my straight palette knife, a roller and my one inch brush to apply gesso and my background colour. The remainder I do my actual painting with. There are three main types of brushes on the market Sable, Fake Sable and Acrylic brushes. At this point in time I couldn’t tell you why I prefer acrylic brushes any more than I could tell you why I like the colour blue.

Spray can of wood varnish

Wood varnish

I use a polymer based wood vanish to finish my paintings rather than an acrylic medium. My experience with mediums has been that some colours run when painted over particularly those on the blue spectrum.

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