Class Supply List

ABST- Painting Abstract Art Creative Acrylic Techniques - Tim McCool

Acrylic Paints

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Alizarin Crimson Permanent
  • Cadmium Red
  • Titanium White (buy a large tube of white)
  • You may also want to buy tubes of green, purple, and orange. We will be learning how to mix these colors ourselves but it can be useful to have tubes of these colors on hand.

Canvas panels or Canvas pad

These will be the painting surfaces for us for the early part of the class. For panels, you can usually find them for an inexpensive price and in sets of three or five. They should be around 11" x 14" or 12" x 16". If you want to buy a canvas pad, such as these: then you only need to buy one, since they come in pads of 10 sheets. Same size recommendations.


Bring a wide variety of paint brush sizes. If you currently don't own any brushes, I am a big fan of these sets from Loew-Cornell. If you are buying a set like this, make sure to buy a Mixed Set that contains round and flat tips: It's a good idea to have both rounded and flat tipped brushes with you for the class.


Bring a palette to work on. It should be large enough to comfortably work on, around 12" x 16" or 16" x 20".

You can purchase the disposable palette sheets that they sell in pad form: However, I prefer a reusable palette made out of plastic such as one like this: Make sure to buy a flat palette. Don't get one with wells, these are more for watercolor painting.

Palette Knife:

This is a multi-purpose tool that can be used to mix paints, spread paint on canvas, or clean your palette.

There are lots of shapes and sizes, find one that is shaped like a trowel.


Later in the class we will paint on canvases and/or wooden panels. Purchase two or three canvases of your choice. Blick has a million different options and categories but I recommend sticking with the "Studio Traditional" 3/4" profile canvases to start out with. Make sure they are stapled on the back instead of on the side.

Size is your choice, but I recommend purchasing larger than 9" x 12"

Other Supplies

  • Towel, rags, etc.
  • Bring something to clean your brushes with when they get dirty!
  • Water cups
  • Bring some plastic cups to hold water for washing brushes or holding lots of paint.


We will be practicing with certain acrylic mediums during the course. Acrylic Mediums alter the look and feel of the paints. These three are the most necessary to have:

  • Liquitex Pouring Medium
  • Modeling Paste, sometimes called Molding Paste
  • Semi-Gloss Regular Gel