Beginners Oil Painting Materials List


If you are joining Vincent's classes for the first time, for you the first class is mainly about getting you up and running so that you can begin the drawing phase of the painting process. With this in mind, the principal things to focus on having with you would be the following:

Photo reference and Canvas, and trying to match these as closely as possible in terms of their proportions or ratio.

Here are some Tips for your photo reference to help you with this.

And then unless you are very confident with your drawing ability, a few things you'll need for using The Grid Method that will help with your drawing.

Gridding up materials:

A ruler longer than the longest side of your canvas.

A coloured pencil preferably a lightly coloured one, as lines drawn with this will be easier to cover up than grid line made with a regular dark pencil.

Card or cardboard sheet a little bigger than your photo reference

Some tape

If you are working from a printed photo, rather than a digital one on your tablet, you'll also need.

One or two A4 Acetate transparent plastic sheets 

Fine permanent marker suitable for writing on cds or dvds for drawing a grid on the acetate

Drawing materials:

One or two Pencils, (HB, B, or 2B), Eraser and Pencil parer 

A Note:
After this it would be great if you had all the painting supplies below as well, as if you do, you can get painting in the first class as well, but it's better to have the list above looked after first as that's essential to get going!
Of course, more experienced painters, or those who have already been with the class a while and are merely renewing their places, might already have a painting on the go, and you won't have to worry about the materials above.



A selection of hog hair bristle brushes, preferably from Rosemary and Co's Ultimate Bristle range (sold exclusively online) or brushes by Windsor and Newton, Daler & Rowney, Da Vinci or Escoda. 

Bristle Brushes

Filbert shape in Sizes: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (one of each)

Round shape: Sizes: 1,2,3 (one of each)


Synthetic brushes for detail. I like Rosemary & Co's Ivory or Eclipse range, or Windsor and Newton's Galeria range.

Filbert 1,2 (one of each)

Round, 0,1 (one of each)



Windsor & Newton - Winton Paints – Student’s paints

Titanium White – large tube – 37ml or 200ml
Cadmium red Hue – 37ml
Permanent Alizarin Crimson – 37ml
Permanent Rose – 37ml
Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue – 37ml
Cadmium Lemon Hue – 37ml
Cadmium Orange Hue
Phthalo Blue – 37ml
French Ultramarine – 37ml
Viridian Hue – 37ml 
Burnt Sienna – 37ml
Raw Umber – 37ml
Burnt Umber – 37ml
Ivory Black – 37ml


Painting Mediums

Liquin Original - 75ml or 250ml

Probably best if you are new to oil painting


Refined Linseed Oil by Windsor and Newton

or other reputable brand.

75ml or 250ml


500ml or 1 Litre of Sansodor or Gamsol

Low odourless spirits for cleaning your brushes and mixing with your paint


Palette cups, which are small metal containers to hold a small amount of Sansodor and linseed oil for mixing your paint. Also sometimes known as dippers. Try get the smaller ones with a 3cm diameter. A couple of old egg cups or bottle caps, would also be fine.



As for which brand to buy, I personally like the Belle Arti – 60 Gallery Excellent Linen ones which are available from KM Evans Art supplies in Dublin, but these are on the expensive end so feel free to use of one of the cheaper cotton or linen canvases available from Windsor and Newton, Reeves, Evans or another reputable brand. The Elements brand of canvases available at Artmines, is also a brand that looks good, although I've yet to use them yet myself.

Please don't buy really cheap ones though from non specialist art stores as many of them have very poor priming, and I've seem students have to abandon canvases half way through because of this. If you want to keep the expense down even a canvas board from Windsor and Newton or once of the other brands mentioned above would be a better option, and very affordable. 



You’ll also need a palette to mix your paint on, preferably around the A3 size or there are a few 30x40cm ones available, which is very close. Now this can be a traditional wood palette or a pad of tear off sheets which would be very handy for the class room setting where it will save time on the clean up and mess, and allow you more time to paint.



Two or three fairly deep jars are handy to have to stand your brushes in when painting.


Brush Soap

The Masters Brush Cleaner and Preserver


Escoda Brush and Hand Soap (with olive oil)


Washing up liquid but not as good for your brushes


Kitchen Paper

For clean up and also for rubbing off paint from your canvas when mistakes are made.

Lint free microfiber clothes – Optional but handy