Daily Painting Practice: Tools & Materials

By Mary Gilkerson

What are the tools and materials to make it easy to get started with a daily painting practice?

In today’s video I’ll go over the basics that will let you dive right into a daily painting practice.

Here’s a quick summary:

Work small so that the day’s painting doesn’t feel too precious. Use small panels (Ampersand Gessoboards) or canvases, around 5 x 7″ or 6 x 8”. Can substitute Arches Oil Paper to cut custom sizes if you’d like. Ampersand Gessoboards taped to slightly larger foam core boards make it easy to paint all the way to the edges.

Use larger brushes or painting knives so that you’ll stay loose and keep your shapes more simple. A bonus to using knives is they make cleanup a breeze. Wipe off and you’re good to go.

Use a double primary palette with a handful of convenience colors and mix your paint before you start painting. Painting similar subjects means you’ll be using similar colors. A Masterson Box or similar covered container will keep your paint from drying out. Put a cotton ball with 3 drops of clove oil in the center to help the paint stay moist

A slightly smaller piece of plexiglass makes a great palette that can be dropped into the Masterson Box until needed the next day.

Remember, consistency over quantity. 20-30 minutes a day can make a huge difference.

I went over the benefits of starting a daily painting practice in this video, but one of the main rewards is painting faster with more ease.


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