I often get asked which brand of acrylic paint I prefer or what kind of paper I use, so this is an ongoing post that might get edited frequently in the future.
I'm a huge nerd for colors, and good equipment, therefore I only recommend something I am totally smitten with. That's why I am more than happy to include affiliate links so you can find everything easily 💙 This also means I get a tiny commission every time you buy something through my link.
I started out with and still to this date often use Lukas Cryl Studio paints. They have the best consistency for fingerpainting in my opinion. I'm not super excited about their color range and pigment quality, though. That's why I mix them with higher quality colors all the time. they are perfect though to lay the first layer down or to get nice gradients when mixing colors.
Lukas Cryl Studio
+ best consistency for finger painting
- not the most high-quality pigments
- some colors in their range look horrible and you're better of mixing it
My favorite and most used colors from Lukas:
titanium white 4608 (I use that more than any other color! But stay away from the liquid version, it cracks!)
magenta red (primary) 4650 (I love all sorts of pink, and if Golden is too expensive this is a good starting point)
mauve 4729 (wonderful deep purple with a red undertone)
lavender 4730 (the next three are perfect if you don't want to mix with just white. Yummy pastels whenever I saw them. Good opacity, too)
arctic 4723 (perfect for "cool" whites)
turquoise 4724 (still one of my most used turquoise paints)
gold 4612 (best gold I've found so far. Photographs beautifully, too. Whenever you see it in my paintings, this is the one I used)
Golden is one of the most seen brands on the Instagram feeds of American artists. I struggle with getting all the colors I like in Germany and have yet to find a store where I can pick them out in person instead of ordering online. Nevertheless, they have wonderfully pigmented paints and I have yet to find a hue I don't like. I mostly use heavy body but adore the liquid versions as well.
+ high-quality pigmentation
+ beautiful color range
- hard to get in some countries
- consistency is not ideal fingerpainting
- dry faster then Lukas for some reason
My favorite and most used colors from Golden (heavy body):
- light magenta (warm toned lovely light, cherry blossom pink)
- medium magenta (more opaque and overall prettier than Lukas magenta red)
- quinacridone magenta (The holy grail of magenta! Very heavy/dark on its own, though)
- fluorescent pink (If it wasn't clear enough yet, I adore alllll pinks, even neony ones)
- interference green (if you ever need some mermaid shimmer...)
- interference violet (have to constrain myself not to use it as a highlighter)
- prussian blue (deepest, darkest, richest blue)
- turquoise phthalo (ugh, I love this sooo much)
Liquitex, Winsor&Newton, Flashe are some other brands that I use. While some swear by Liquitex, I personally think they are somewhere between Lukas and Golden. The pigmentation could be better, there colors don't pop as much as I would like, but I still like to use some of their colors. Winsor&Newton is lovely, but again pricey and Flashe is a vinyl color that is very liquidy and dries matte.
I use a glued down acrylic paper pad by Guardi Artistico which is 360g/m2 (gram per square meter). It doesn't buckle as easily as lighter paper.
If I need to use paper with less sturdiness, I tend to stretch it on some board with something similar to watercolor paper tape.
Otherwise, I usually paint on canvas. I buy pre-stretched mostly. Only once did I paint on unstretched canvas (for my 10m of canvas in one week project for university), but I made clothes out of it later on.
I hate wasting my expensive paints but sometimes you need to stop painting before you've finished them all!
That's why I love this neurtal grey Mijello palette.
It comes with an airtight lid that seals the colors in. And if you spritz them with a little bit of water beforehand, they will last a good while (I tested it and mine lasted over a week!)
The grey tone is really cool, because it makes it easier to detect the values of your colors! It's also peel off and therefore easy to clean!
Before that I used and still use paper palettes likes this one.
I love to paint at all hours of the day, so having a good studio light is essential for me!
It also makes a world of difference when you have to take decent photos of your work.
I bought my beloved soft boxes at the german amazon, but I found this equivalent in the american store: Andoer Studio Lighting Kit.
I use my iPhone to take all of my pictures and edit them with the "A Color Story" app (small video I found on how to use the curves tool below).
To do Facebook or Instagram live with my followers I actually have a selfie light I adore!
It also helped me paint when there was a power outage a few weeks back.
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