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Selecting accessories for painting with acrylics

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A palette and easel, two essentials you need to remember!

 

Acrylique - la palette

1. Palette

 

Only choose models in non-porous materials: plastic, porcelain, glass or acrylic paper.

  • Your improvised palette: an old porcelain plate, a thick sheet of glass (make sure to cover the edges with adhesive tape so you don't cut yourself) or a ceramic tile (ask for a sample in a do-it-yourself store).
  • Paper palette: a pad of paper on which you mix your paints. When you finish your session, just pull the used sheet off and throw it away.

 

Acrylique - le chevalet

2. Easel

 

Studio easel, student easel or table top easel: which one do you need? It all depends on your habits!

  • Do you usually do large or small format paintings?
  • Do you like to work standing or sitting?
  • Do you have enough space?

 

Answers:

  • Studio easels come as big as 1.80 m. You can adjust the height and tilt. They is ideal for people who have a studio or a room they can dedicate to their passion and who like to do large format work.
  • Table easels are less than 60 cm. They are practical if you don't have enough space.
  • Student easels are used by people who love being outdoors: they are light (2.5 kg) and have adjustable telescopic legs. Their major defect: they tend to be unstable.

 

3. And also…

 

  • A paper pencil or charcoal for sketching.
  • A sponge, a soft rag, a roll of paper towels, and some water. 

 

See also

Selecting a medium for painting with acrylics
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Preparing your acrylic materials
Préparer son matériel acrylique
While easy to use, acrylic paints do require some preparation! Some advice before getting started.