Paint Brushes & Brush Care
My favorite brushes are the Spectrum line by Trekell. They make excellent artists brushes for a good price. I also use Trekell’s brush cleaner and restorer to maintain my brushes.
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Gamblin is the brand I use almost exclusively. I feel that their paint offers excellent value. I primarily use their 1980 line as it is less expensive but offers very good quality and pigmentation. I try to use single pigment paints and some of the more expensive pigments aren’t available as “single” pigments in the 1980 line. If I want one of these colors, I will purchase it from their main line. Every tube of artist paint should list the pigment, I encourage you to learn about the pigments and what to look for when buying paint.
Colors on My Palette
Quick drying titanium white oil paint – Titanium is one of the slowest drying pigments so this paint is ideal for my process. I work alla prima and don’t want the paint to stay wet for days.
A few extra colors I love
Mediums & Solvents
Solvent-Free Gel – I never paint with solvent but sometimes oil paint is too thick for me so for a thinner viscosity, I mix some of this gel into my paints. It is odorless and easy to squeeze onto the palette.
Safflower Oil – my process is mainly solvent-free (i.e. without toxic chemicals) so safflower oil is extremely useful as both a brush cleaner and painting medium. It is lighter in color than linseed oil and will not yellow.
Gamblin Gamsol Odorless Mineral Spirits – while I don’t paint with solvent and it is possible to go completely solvent-free, I am comfortable using a small amount of this product to remove paint residue from my brushes at the end of a painting session. It is odorless but I do keep the small amount I use for cleaning brushes in a closed jar – it does not sit open in my studio. I also use Gamsol to clean my brush after varnishing.
Other Tools & Equipment
Tool I use to sign my paintings – I drag the pointed end through the wet paint to write my initials.
Disposable palette paper – for my palette, I use disposable palette paper pads like this one. It saves me from scraping paint off a glass palette.
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