To start off all you need is paint, brushes, paper and a pot of water. You can use acrylic, gouache or ready mixed paint - whatever you happen to have. You'll also need scissors, glue and magazines or leaflets to cut up and collage. Start collecting interesting textures and colours of materials like sponges, bubblewrap, food packaging, envelopes and tissue paper.
If you'd like to buy some new materials, here are some of the basic products which will help to get you started. For ease I have chosen products that are available online. However similar products will also be available from your local art shop which might offer a click and collect service. If you're on a budget look in shops like Family Bargains or Wilkos for acrylic paint, paint brush sets (children's sets are fine), watercolor paper, and wallpaper lining paper for bigger projects. To buy, just click on the images and it will take you to the Amazon website I will receive a small commission for each sale from Amazon
Acrylic paints If you're buying paint choose acrylic as it dries quickly and you can overpaint it. You can mix any colour from just red, blue, yellow and white, but when you start it's easier to have some pre-mixed colours like these.
Brushes This set includes a palette knife and foam spreader. It contains a good range of large and small size brushes.
Paper This is a 200g pad which means it's less likely to buckle when the paper gets wet. A3 is a good size to start with, you can always cut a page in half to work smaller.
Water pot Any jam jar or pot will do, but I do like these as they collapse down for storage. The wavy top is perfect for holding a paintbrush while it dries.
Palette A flat paint palette can be used for mixing paint on, and as a base for printing. This one comes with some plastic palette knives which are great fun to use.
Other things I love:
Woodys Crayons are a fat watercolour crayon with great pigment. They can be used dry (a bit like a wax crayon) or wet like a water colour pencil. I love their smooth texture, and they draw well over paint. This is the full 18 colour set.
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