Art Materials — My Go-To Painting Tools


“Campfire” by Michael Daugherty

Painting is something I’ve been teaching myself over the last few years and am just now really starting to get a hang of.

I’m still searching for my own style and voice.

Up until I started painting my go-to medium was pencil and paper, then later came painting with acrylics and watercolors, and finally, I got into digital painting when I purchased my Wacom Intuos Comic graphics tablet, with which I do most of my artwork on nowadays.

I began using acrylic paint mainly due to the fact that it was cheaper than oil paint. But, after using acrylics, I found that I loved using that medium and just stuck with it, and I don’t see myself switching to oil paint anytime soon.

It’s my goal to one day make a living with my art, and, hopefully, if that’s your goal as well, this will help you get started and know what to look for.

The one thing I hope that you will do when starting to paint is to find your own style and voice, but that being said, it makes for great practice to copy other paintings and artists that you admire.

For me, it’s watching Bob Ross videos and following along with his painting tutorials. They’re easy to follow along to and you can add your own touch to your painting to make it your own.

I found this to be a great way to learn different techniques and to learn about different brushes and palette knives. I recommend Bob Ross Joy of Painting Series: Beginner’s 3-Hour Workshop DVD English to anyone wanting to learn to paint.


“Cardinal” by Michael Daugherty

After painting with acrylics, I turned to watercolor paints.

I find watercolor painting to be very easy. After learning a few techniques to blend colors, you can make pretty much anything.

I use watercolors mainly for my children’s books that I’m currently writing and painting. My first two books Koko’s Secret Treasure and The Snake Hunter were done completely digital with my Wacom graphics tablet.

I hope this helps in your decision to start painting. Below I’ve listed my go-to art materials for painting. The one thing I didn’t list was the Wacom graphics tablet, as I listed it already in my last post, Art Materials — My Go-To Drawing Tools.


Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 4 oz, 6-Piece Set




Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers’ Pocket Box, Half Pans, 14-Pieces



US Art Supply 24 piece Oil & Acrylic Paint Long Handle Artist Paint Brush Set with Canvas Roll-Up Storage Wrap




Pentel Japan Aquash Waterbrush Water Brush Pen, Medium




Value-Pack 10-Pc Foam Paint Brush Set – Wood Handles by Industrial Tools




Daler-Rowney Simply… Stretched Canvas 8 x 10″ (20.3 x 25.4 cm) 2 Pack – Ideal for Oil & Acrylic




Canson XL Series Bristol Pad, Heavyweight Paper for Ink, Marker or Pencil, Smooth Finish, Fold Over, 100 Pound, 9 x 12 Inch, Bright White, 25 Sheets




US Art Supply Topanga 18 to 31-1/2 inch High Adjustable Medium Portable Wood Travel A-Frame Easel




Loew Cornell 398 , Palette Paper Pad, 40 Sheets





rOtring® Tikky Graphic 0.3 mm Black Ink Disposable Fine Liner – 2 pk




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