Marta Crawford
Supplies for Oil Painting Class
Supplies for Oil Painting Classes
List of Supplies for the Oil Painting Class 2016

This is the list of materials I cannot do without. I could eliminate one or two colors if necessary but not without a certain level of discomfort. The act of painting is in itself difficult enough without the added strain of lacking the proper tools. Tell yourself constantly that you are worthy of the best you can afford, and the best painting you can do will most likely follow. Please be advised that I reserve the right to change my mind any time I want, as artists must grow continuously in order to reach their potential; hence, I advise to check with me before purchasing all these materials for my workshops and classes.



I am listing them in the order I set them up on my palette from Left to Right and Warm to Cool, Light to Dark:

Titanium White
by Lefrance and Burgeois
Cadmium Lemon
by Rembrandt or Winsor and Newton
Cadmium Yellow
by Winsor and Newton
Indian Yellow
by Winsor and Newton
Raw Sienna
by Rembrandt or Winsor and Newton
Transparent Oxide Red
by Rembrandt
Cadmium Orange
by Winsor and Newton
Cadmium Red
by Winsor and Newton
Alizarin Crimson Permanent
by Winsor and Newton
Permanent Rose
by Winsor and Newton
Ultramarine Blue
by Winsor and Newton
Cobalt Blue Light
by Rembrandt
Manganese Blue
by Bloxc or Old Holland
by Winsor and Newton or Rembrandt
Ivory Black

The following colors I love and use them frequently as well but they are not that important.
Translation: Buy them if your budget is not a problem:

Cadmium Yellow Pale
by Winsor and Newton
Raw Umber
by Winsor and Newton or Rembrandt
Burnt Umber
by Winsor and Newton
Transparent Orange
by Gamblin
Quinacridone Magenta
by Winsor and Newton (for some delicious purples you really do need this color as you cannot make it on your own)
Manganese Blue
by Bloxc or Old Holland (for the most delicate and pure green-blue, excellent for skies and one you can not make yourself eight, believe me, I have tired


Canvas Types for Oil Painting
I like Linen above all else. For small works I like Panels, for larger, I use Canvases, medium to small weave. My favorite is Claessans #13 Portrait grade. I also like Fredrix Oil Primed Linen Canvases, which are more economic and still good quality. For a more inexpensive option, regular cotton canvases can still be used if they are given a couple of generous coats of Oil Painting Ground. This one is my Favorite:
Oil Paint Primer
For thinning the paint in first washes
Cold Press Lindseed Oil and Gamsol (50/50)
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium
Brush Cleaner
Brush Cleaner
This is the best cleaner I have found to date. It’s ecological
and conditions your brushes as it thoroughly cleans them.
Well worth the money.
Art Brushes for Oil Painting
Brushes are a very personal choice; hence, I won’t give any particular size. I like Rosemary's brushes The best option is to have a large variety of brushes both in number sizes and kinds: Filberts, flats and rounds. From the smallest size to the largest. Just like a woman can never have enough shoes, a painter can never have enough brushes! For priming the canvas I use a 1.5 inch good quality house painting brush. I also love The Eclipse Fans by Winsor and Newton, they gently soften the darks to avoid catching the light. I like to use Bristle brushes for initial drawing and sometimes to lay down thick lights.
Cotton Rags or Old Socks and Scissor
Socks are my favorite to wipe down errors or clean as I go.
I try not to use paper towels for they leave residue behind and contribute to deforestation.
Karmar Varnish
I use Kamar Varnish by Krylon
about a week after a painting is finished.
If a painting has not left the studio after 3 months, I varnish it with Soluvar Varnish by Liquitex (mixed 50% satin and 50% gloss) Varnish by Liquitex