Ultimate Art Supply Guide

Welcome to The Ultimate Art Supply Guide! This page is your go-to guide for figuring out what art supplies you need.

Whether you're a student, seasoned professional, or a complete beginner who has never even picked up a painting brush, this guide will provide you with all the art essentials, plus a few fun extras that can improve your life or help you make sense of the online art supply maze (Pro-tip: be the person who has a list).

I've put a ton of work into The Ultimate Art Supply Guide; I hope you’ll find it helpful.

To make it easy to navigate, everything is broken down into categories.

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During my more than twenty years as a professional working artist, I have personally used every one of the products and brands that I recommend in this guide. So, I can wholeheartedly attest to the value and quality of each recommendation.

Do note that you also can also buy many of these things locally.

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Top Artist Oil Paint Brands

Winton Oil paints are my favorite pick for beginning painters. They combine the perfect combination of quality and price. If you are a beginning painter, you will appreciate the lower cost without sacrificing too much on the quality side. You will certainly get the results you want without breaking the bank. I have used Winton oil colors extensively throughout my art career and wholeheartedly recommend them.

I was first introduced to Georgian oil paints by Daler Rowney when I was a student at the Art Students’ League of New York. There were some of the students there who were using this brand of oil paint. A fellow student allowed me to sample and use some of their Georgian colors. This brand is a good choice if you are considering price over quality. You can usually find this brand at most art supply stores, department stores even drugstores. It usually is priced very low in most retail stores.

Grumbacher was the first oil paint that I painted with when I was a teenager. At that time, the quality of the paint was much superior than it is today. Over the years, Grumbacher has been acquired by several larger companies that are more concerned with the bottom line than producing a quality product. I would still recommend this brand for beginning painting students.

Winsor & Newton is a top choice for students as well as professional painters around the world. I have used this brand many times throughout my professional career and have always been completely satisfied with the result. If you are a student or beginning painter and have the extra budget, I strongly recommend that you try this oil paint. You will not be disappointed.

I have used Gamblin for many years and it remains one of my favorites. I was first introduced to this brand when I was a student at the Art Students’ League of New York. Many students and art teachers there were using this oil paint. It combines the best of quality with the best of economy. Whether you are a student or professional, you will be very happy with this oil paint choice.

One of the oldest paint manufacturers in Europe, Sennelier was once the choice for Pablo Picasso. Combines highest quality pigments with highest quality manufacturing processes.

Schmincke Mussini Oils contain natural resins for a balanced drying process with reduced aging and long-term cracking. Good for painting in layers and for glazing techniques

Pure pigments at a lower price, Holbein boasts consistent viscosity, color, tone, application, and adhesion.

Old Holland prides itself on intensity of the colors and great covering power. Highest quality and highest price. They contain no fillers or waxes and use only lightfast pigments. This is the greatest oil paint for the true connoisseur.

Best Sellers in Art Supplies

Most popular art palettes and palette cups based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular art painting kits based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular palette knives based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular paint primers and sealers based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular art and craft paints based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist paintbrushes based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist paint thinners and solvents based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist paint mediums and additive products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist brush and pen cleaner products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist painting products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular artist and craft easel products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular stretched canvas and artist board products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular art paper and sketchbook products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Most popular art drawing products based on sales. Updated hourly.

Pencils, Charcoal, Sketchbooks, Drawing Supplies

Exclusive deluxe drawing kit for the beginner or as an intro set. Contains All The Additional Supplies You Need to get Started and The Bonus Wooden Drawing Easel with Drawer.

Tracer USB Power Cable Dimmable Brightness LED Artcraft Tracing Light Box Light Pad for Artists.  Drawing Sketching Animation Stencilling X-rayViewing. PORTABLE & ULTRA SLIM- The thickness is only 5mm which makes it portable. The illumination is perfectly even, super bright, and flicker-free

Soft Core Color Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books Artist Drawing Sketching Crafting

Drawing Pencils and Sketch Kit, 40-Piece Complete Artist Kit Includes Graphite Pencils, Pastel Stick and Eraser, Professional Sketch Pencils Set for Drawing

Perfect for Beginners, Kids or Any Aspiring Artist – Includes Graphite Pencils and Sticks, Charcoal Pencils, Erasers and Sharpeners

12 Pieces Drawing Pencils 10B, 8B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, 2H, 4H, 6H Graphite Pencils for Beginners & Pro Artists

All-in-one drawing and sketch kit for artists of all skill levels. Includes a variety of pencils, sketch and charcoal sticks, erasers and sharpeners

Fine Point Markers Fine Tip Drawing Pens Porous Fineliner Pen for Bullet Journaling Writing Note Taking Calendar Agenda Coloring Art Office Supplies (18 Colors)

Heavy duty electric pencil sharpener designed specifically for classrooms. Durable construction stands up to wear and tear. Quiet electric motor provides reliable power

2-Pack. Soft and Hard Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens for Calligraphy and Art Drawings. Contains both the soft and hard tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens.

For use with Pencil, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencils

18 x 24 Inches newsprint pad for sketching with charcoal – 100 Sheet Pad

For drawing and sketching. Large size for bold lines and surface coverage. Use for preliminary sketches to paintings, rapid sketches, figure drawing. Each stick measures approximately 7-9mm Dia. × 5.9″ L, pack of 25.

12 Stick Per Package. Charcoal Set. Square sticks

Best Gift Set: Great compressed pencils set, ideal for school art class for art project drawing, sketching. Soft, Medium, Hard, 6-Piece Boxed. Woodless Pencils: Quality compressed charcoal sticks, adhere well to drawing surfaces and dark colored, Easy Shading: Smooth blending, convenient to large area shading and drawing. Non-toxic

AFMAT Electric Pencil Sharpener, Rechargeable Heavy Duty Pencil Sharpener for Artists, Charcoal Pencil Sharpener for 6-8mm Sketching & Drawing Pencils,25mm Super Long Tip

6 Pack – Blend, Shade, Smooth, Correct, and Brighten Your Sketches and Drawings

Large, White, Pack of 10 ZEH-10 Erasers (ZEH10PC10). High quality latex-free eraser removes lead easily and cleanly with very little pressure. Block style is perfect for getting into little corners or erasing large areas quickly

Sketch Book: 8.5″ X 11″, Personalized Artist Sketchbook. 109 pages, Sketching, Drawing and Creative Doodling. Notebook and Sketchbook to Draw and Journal (Workbook and Handbook)

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE – 2 Pack of 75 Page Sketchpads. 50% More than the Competition! High QUALITY 60lb (90GSMS) Paper – 100% Acid-Free and Neutral PH. Perfectly Textured for a Smooth Non-Reflective Finish

Thick, robust leads resist cracking and chipping making them perfect for adult coloring books. Color: Assorted. Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows
Lightfast, richly saturated pigments. Ultra smooth, even color laydown.
Thick, robust leads resist cracking and chipping making them perfect for adult coloring books
150 premium colored pencils

Artist Easels & Paint Boxes

Portable, Roomy, Enough to Carry All The Essentials For a Day Of Field Painting – Make Outdoor Painting Easy And Fun

Portable All Media Adjustable Angle Desk Top 5 Storage Compartments Case – Oiled Beech Wood. Artist sketch box has an easel section built into the lid that may be adjusted flat for watercolor painting, at a slight angle for drawing, at a vertical position for oil and acrylic painting and slightly forward for pastel painting. Use any size canvas or paper pad up to 25½” high.

Large floor easel which could be adjusted from 63″ to 89″ in height, holds canvas up to 48″. With Brush Holder. Solid beech wood made with refined hand craft, quality steel fittings ensure its stability and durablity

The easel can hold a maximum 45.5 inches high canvas frame to paint, which can satisfy various needs of your painting paper. And it has a front storage compartment for brushes and paints. This easel is suitable for all levels of artists.

Holds canvasses up to 7ft high. Base measures 21 inch wide by 24 inch deep. Made of solid Lyptus hardwood

19″Wide x 21″Deep x 56-1/2″High, (Adjusts to 97″High). Sturdy H-frame easel with an adjustable angle and a bracket to adjust height. Beautifully hand crafted from seasoned beechwood, and finished with natural oil. Adjustable to hold watercolor projects laying completely flat.

I’ve had this easel for years. Highly recommend for “plein air” outdoor painting. BEST HARDWOOD FRENCH EASEL: This is a fully adjustable field, table, and studio easel with storage unit all in one! Constructed of hand-sanded European beechwood and brass hardware.

EASY SET UP: Easel quickly sets up for instant use, whether you’re in the office or on the road. Collapses for quick clean up, allowing you to move to your next project or presentation. Base 63″ Max. Height, Supports 5 lbs. (29E)

A portable miniature desk that converts to a painting easel. An easel that adjusts to four different positions. Has a drawer with three compartments to hold brushes and other essential gear

Extra Thick Aluminum Metal Tripod Display Easel 21 to 66 Inches Adjustable Height with Portable Bag for Floor/Table-Top Drawing and Displaying

Top Artist Oil Paint Brands
Winton Oil paints are my favorite pick for beginning painters. They combine the perfect combination of quality and price. If you are a beginning painter, you will appreciate the lower cost without sacrificing too much on the quality side. Y Read More
I was first introduced to Georgian oil paints by Daler Rowney when I was a student at the Art Students’ League of New York. There were some of the students there who were using this brand of oil paint. A fellow student allowed me to sampl Read More
Grumbacher was the first oil paint that I painted with when I was a teenager. At that time, the quality of the paint was much superior than it is today. Over the years, Grumbacher has been acquired by several larger companies that are more Read More
Winsor & Newton is a top choice for students as well as professional painters around the world. I have used this brand many times throughout my professional career and have always been completely satisfied with the result. If you are a Read More
I have used Gamblin for many years and it remains one of my favorites. I was first introduced to this brand when I was a student at the Art Students’ League of New York. Many students and art teachers there were using this oil paint. It c Read More
One of the oldest paint manufacturers in Europe, Sennelier was once the choice for Pablo Picasso. Combines highest quality pigments with highest quality manufacturing processes.
Schmincke Mussini Oils contain natural resins for a balanced drying process with reduced aging and long-term cracking. Good for painting in layers and for glazing techniques
Pure pigments at a lower price, Holbein boasts consistent viscosity, color, tone, application, and adhesion.
Old Holland prides itself on intensity of the colors and great covering power. Highest quality and highest price. They contain no fillers or waxes and use only lightfast pigments. This is the greatest oil paint for the true connoisseur.
Best Sellers in Art Supplies
Most popular art palettes and palette cups based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular art painting kits based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular palette knives based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular paint primers and sealers based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular art and craft paints based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist paintbrushes based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist paint thinners and solvents based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist paint mediums and additive products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist brush and pen cleaner products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist painting products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular artist and craft easel products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular stretched canvas and artist board products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular art paper and sketchbook products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Most popular art drawing products based on sales. Updated hourly.
Pencils, Charcoal, Sketchbooks, Drawing Supplies
Exclusive deluxe drawing kit for the beginner or as an intro set. Contains All The Additional Supplies You Need to get Started and The Bonus Wooden Drawing Easel with Drawer.
Tracer USB Power Cable Dimmable Brightness LED Artcraft Tracing Light Box Light Pad for Artists.  Drawing Sketching Animation Stencilling X-rayViewing. PORTABLE & ULTRA SLIM- The thickness is only 5mm which makes it portable. The illum Read More
Soft Core Color Pencil Set for Adult Coloring Books Artist Drawing Sketching Crafting
Drawing Pencils and Sketch Kit, 40-Piece Complete Artist Kit Includes Graphite Pencils, Pastel Stick and Eraser, Professional Sketch Pencils Set for Drawing
Perfect for Beginners, Kids or Any Aspiring Artist – Includes Graphite Pencils and Sticks, Charcoal Pencils, Erasers and Sharpeners
12 Pieces Drawing Pencils 10B, 8B, 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, 2H, 4H, 6H Graphite Pencils for Beginners & Pro Artists
All-in-one drawing and sketch kit for artists of all skill levels. Includes a variety of pencils, sketch and charcoal sticks, erasers and sharpeners
Fine Point Markers Fine Tip Drawing Pens Porous Fineliner Pen for Bullet Journaling Writing Note Taking Calendar Agenda Coloring Art Office Supplies (18 Colors)
Heavy duty electric pencil sharpener designed specifically for classrooms. Durable construction stands up to wear and tear. Quiet electric motor provides reliable power
2-Pack. Soft and Hard Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens for Calligraphy and Art Drawings. Contains both the soft and hard tip Fudenosuke Brush Pens.
For use with Pencil, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencils
18 x 24 Inches newsprint pad for sketching with charcoal – 100 Sheet Pad
For drawing and sketching. Large size for bold lines and surface coverage. Use for preliminary sketches to paintings, rapid sketches, figure drawing. Each stick measures approximately 7-9mm Dia. × 5.9″ L, pack of 25.
12 Stick Per Package. Charcoal Set. Square sticks
Best Gift Set: Great compressed pencils set, ideal for school art class for art project drawing, sketching. Soft, Medium, Hard, 6-Piece Boxed. Woodless Pencils: Quality compressed charcoal sticks, adhere well to drawing surfaces and dark co Read More
AFMAT Electric Pencil Sharpener, Rechargeable Heavy Duty Pencil Sharpener for Artists, Charcoal Pencil Sharpener for 6-8mm Sketching & Drawing Pencils,25mm Super Long Tip
6 Pack – Blend, Shade, Smooth, Correct, and Brighten Your Sketches and Drawings
Large, White, Pack of 10 ZEH-10 Erasers (ZEH10PC10). High quality latex-free eraser removes lead easily and cleanly with very little pressure. Block style is perfect for getting into little corners or erasing large areas quickly
Sketch Book: 8.5″ X 11″, Personalized Artist Sketchbook. 109 pages, Sketching, Drawing and Creative Doodling. Notebook and Sketchbook to Draw and Journal (Workbook and Handbook)
BUY ONE GET ONE FREE – 2 Pack of 75 Page Sketchpads. 50% More than the Competition! High QUALITY 60lb (90GSMS) Paper – 100% Acid-Free and Neutral PH. Perfectly Textured for a Smooth Non-Reflective Finish
Thick, robust leads resist cracking and chipping making them perfect for adult coloring books. Color: Assorted. Soft, thick cores are perfect for shading and shadows Lightfast, richly saturated pigments. Ultra smooth, even color laydown. Th Read More
Artist Easels & Paint Boxes
Portable, Roomy, Enough to Carry All The Essentials For a Day Of Field Painting – Make Outdoor Painting Easy And Fun
Portable All Media Adjustable Angle Desk Top 5 Storage Compartments Case – Oiled Beech Wood. Artist sketch box has an easel section built into the lid that may be adjusted flat for watercolor painting, at a slight angle for drawing, a Read More
Large floor easel which could be adjusted from 63″ to 89″ in height, holds canvas up to 48″. With Brush Holder. Solid beech wood made with refined hand craft, quality steel fittings ensure its stability and durablity
The easel can hold a maximum 45.5 inches high canvas frame to paint, which can satisfy various needs of your painting paper. And it has a front storage compartment for brushes and paints. This easel is suitable for all levels of artists.
Holds canvasses up to 7ft high. Base measures 21 inch wide by 24 inch deep. Made of solid Lyptus hardwood
19″Wide x 21″Deep x 56-1/2″High, (Adjusts to 97″High). Sturdy H-frame easel with an adjustable angle and a bracket to adjust height. Beautifully hand crafted from seasoned beechwood, and finished with natural oil. Ad Read More
I’ve had this easel for years. Highly recommend for “plein air” outdoor painting. BEST HARDWOOD FRENCH EASEL: This is a fully adjustable field, table, and studio easel with storage unit all in one! Constructed of hand-sand Read More
EASY SET UP: Easel quickly sets up for instant use, whether you’re in the office or on the road. Collapses for quick clean up, allowing you to move to your next project or presentation. Base 63″ Max. Height, Supports 5 lbs. (29E)
A portable miniature desk that converts to a painting easel. An easel that adjusts to four different positions. Has a drawer with three compartments to hold brushes and other essential gear
Extra Thick Aluminum Metal Tripod Display Easel 21 to 66 Inches Adjustable Height with Portable Bag for Floor/Table-Top Drawing and Displaying

Other Useful Pages:

Gary’s Book Club

Resources For Artists

Art Print & Gift Shop

Are you ready to do a deep dive into understanding the differences in the many artist oil paint brands? Have you been confused by all the manufacturers and their claims? Would you like to know how quality in oil paints is determined? Have you ever wondered what is opacity, transparency and permanence and how those things affect your painting?

Then check out my most popular blog posts on the subject. Just click the links below:

9 Top Oil Paints Rated for the Serious Oil Painter.

Understanding Quality in Artist Oil Paint Brands

Understanding Opacity, Transparency and Permanence for the Serious Oil Painter