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Materials for Oils

We always reccomend purchasing art supplies at an art supply store, there are many good ones in Calgary. You will get better products and at a lower price than at craft stores such as Micheals. We reccomend InglewoodMona Lisa or Kensington Art supply.



Generally we have found that buying artist quality paints is best even for beginners. Because of the higher pigment loading in the artist grade of paint, you use less paint and that offsets the higher cost.


A good brand to start with is Graham, this is a reasonable priced artist quality paint 


Suggested colours ( fewer colours is better)

Cadmium Yellow Medium
Yellow Ochre

Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue

Cadmium Red Light

Viridian (Green)

Burnt Sienna

Titanium White (Large Tube)


Canvas or Board, suggest 14 X 18 size to start


Large Palette, or disposable paper Palettes. Can
use a piece of masonite board, treat with vegetable oil first

Palette knife for mixing paint



Suggest the synthetic or bristle brushes

1 inch angled or straight

#12 bright or filbert

#6 bright or filbert

#4 bright or filbert

Fan Brush

#2 Round
#2 Rigger


Small jar with lid for solvent (solvent is provided
at the studio)

Tracing Paper

Paper Towels or rags