Art painting supplies

for oil painting

  • These are the art painting supplies I use for my oil paintings.
  • Actually I have been using alkyd paints for many years instead of the traditional oil paints.

what are alkyd paints?

Alkyd paints use the same pigments as oil paints.

They handle just like oil paints. They are the paints I have used for all my 'oil paintings' since the 1980s.

I first used them on a trip where I needed the paintings to dry, so I could pack them for the trip home.

Alkyd paints dry completely over night or 24 hours maximum.

They all dry at the same time and have a lovely soft sheen when they are dry.

You certainly may use any oil paints of your choice.

Art painting supplies for oil painting, art by Carol MayAlkyd (oil) Painting by Carol May

supports for oil paintings


I use stretched canvas for my oil paintings. I enjoy the give and action of a stretched canvas.

The last few years I have been using the gallery-wrap canvases. The paintings can be displayed without a frame.


Sometimes I use hardboard panels. Panels don't take up as much room in storage.

Years ago, I used to make my own hardboard panels because it was more cost effective.

Now, i purchase the ready-made Ampersand Claybord Panels.

set of oil paints

set of alkyd paints


claybord panels

oil painting brushes

I learned to oil paint using Robert Simmons hog hair brushes. I used the #7 and #11 filberts almost exclusively.

The last few years I have used the Winsor Newton Galeria brushes.

I have switched almost exclusively to the Galeria brushes for my oil paintings.

Hog Hair brushes

galeria brushes

Mineral spirits

brush cleaner bucket

additional materials for oil painting

I use odorless mineral spirits for cleaning my brushes while I am painting. I keep the mineral spirits in a covered brush cleaning container.

When the day is done, I use The Master's Brush Cleaner to thoroughly clean my brushes.

Now-a-days I use a paper palette. I only lay out the paints I will be using for the specific painting.

If I have paint left over at the end of the day, I cover it and stick it in the freezer for next time I paint.

At times I use graphite transfer paper to put my drawings onto the painting surface.

master's brush cleaner

disposable paper palettes

drawing supplies
with case

graphite transfer paper

get ready to paint!

These art painting supplies have served me very well over the years.

They have produced lots of good paintings.

They will work for you, too!

art painting supplies for oil painting

  • A good quality oil paint
  • Stretched canvas or hardboard panels
  • Brushes
  • Palette
  • Drawing paper, pencil, eraser and graphite transfer paper
  • Brush cleaning materials with a container with rags or paper towels

Good light and ventilation in your painting area

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