The Ultimate Toolkit: Must-Have Supplies for Every Artist

Behind every piece of art, there’s an artist who, besides their talent, has the right set of tools. Whether you’re a professional or just starting on your artistic adventure, having the best materials at your disposal is essential to unleashing your potential and creativity. 

Basic Tools 

If you’re starting your journey as an artist and you want to make sure that you have the right tools, or you have some experience and are ready to update your art supplies, here are some of the basic yet essential tools that every artist should have.

Canvases 

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Artists all over the world use canvases because they are easily accessible, professional, and easy to hang on walls, they are sturdy and they come in different shapes and sizes. So, for artists canvases are the golden standard when it comes to surfaces to paint on. 

All good canvases share the same qualities: they are tightly wrapped, have a solid structure, and are made of high-quality materials. Even though, they have similar qualities, there are different types on the market. 

One of them is the canvas board. These boards are thin, lightweight and wooden, with thin canvas wrapped around the front and the edges. Unstretched or loose canvases come without a wooden frame. They are convenient to ship because you can roll it into a tube, which will save you a ton of money and boxing time. 

When it comes to the material, canvases are made either with cotton or linen. Cotton is easy to stretch and it stays tight on the stretcher bars, but linen is stronger because it’s made from flax and has longer fibres which means it is less likely to tear. Linen is also more expensive due to the quality, so the choice between these two depends purely on you.

If you’re a seasoned artist you already know what you want, but which canvas is best for beginners? Since cotton is the more affordable option, for painters who are just starting, it’s a great option. You’re just starting and you don’t want to spend a lot of money because you’re going to be making mistakes along the way or you won’t like the final product, so there’s no need to waste money. 

Even for professional artists who want to experiment, it’s totally fine to spend less money on a canvas, because you never know how the painting is going to turn out. 

Pencils 

Pencils are the best tool you can have as an artist. They are your go-to tool for sketching, outlining and shading, and they will be the main tool if you decide to do a pencil drawing. There are many different types of pencils, from the traditional ones to mechanical ones with different hardness. 

The most common types used by artists are graphite pencils because they are very versatile. Charcoal pencils are great for creating smudged effects on your painting and coloured ones are great for adding pops of colour.

Brushes

Another important weapon in your art arsenal is the brushes. There are so many choices that sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming. But, the first thing you need to choose is the type of bristle. You have natural bristles which are made out of animal hair, and synthetic bristles. A soft bristle provides a smooth stroke whereas brushes with harsher bristle create thick layers of paint. 

Palettes

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A palette is the surface on which the artists mix their paints. They come in different sizes, shapes, and materials, from plastic to glass and metal, but they should be light and easy to hold so that you don’t have to grab them from a table each time you run out of paint. The palette should have enough space to put all the colours you’re going to use and extra space for mixing them.

Paints 

When it comes to paints, artists have many options to choose from, it all depends on what kind of art you want to create as well as the medium you’ll use. Acrylic paints are great for creating bright and vibrant colours and they are very easy to mix and blend. Watercolour paints are best for subtle and delicate works of art. With oil paints, you can create beautiful artwork with details and depth. Investing in high-quality paints is a great option because they will serve you in the long run. 

Studio Accessories 

To create art requires more than just talent and the right tools. You also need to get in the right mood so that you’re able to express yourself. If you have a designated room where you paint, or you have a studio, creating the right atmosphere is crucial. Lighting is very important because it allows you to see the colours more accurately and work with precision. If natural, which is ideal, isn’t available, invest in good quality studio lights. 

And, of course, decorate the place. Adding plants to your space will bring freshness to the room and improve the air quality.

In the art world, having the right tools can make all the difference. From the right canvas to the paints and the studio accessories, each element plays a vital role in shaping your artistic journey. So, stock up your toolkit, set up your studio, and let your imagination run wild.