Oil Painting Supply List - (Solvent-Free)

Jill Saur Fine Art

Palette:  I use the Masterson Palette with the Blue Lid. 

Canvas:  A good quality canvas that is at least 10 oz. cotton.  Blick Premier canvas is good one.  Start small with either 8”x10”,  9”x12” or 11"x14" canvases. Student grade canvases do not accept paint well.  If you buy them, you'll be frustrated with your results.


Use only acrylic primed boards or linen when painting with water-based oil paints. Here three different boards that I use:  1. Ampersand museum series panel Gessoboard.  It’s the #1 painting panel for oils and acrylics.  2.  Centurion LX Universal Primed Linen Painting Panel.  3.  Da Vince Dual Sided Pro Panels. One side is smooth and the other side has medium texture.  You can paint on either side.  I use 8”x10” and 9”x12” sizes.


(NOTE TO STUDENTS JOINING MY CLASS WHO PAINT USING TRADITIONAL OILS AND ALREADY HAVE THEM:  You're welcome to paint with your traditional oils.  I only ask that you don't use any turpentine products in my studio.  You can use Gamblin Solvent-Free Gel to thin your paint and M. Graham Walnut Oil to clean your brushes when changing colors.  This is what I do when I paint with traditional oils.)

My Supply List for Water Mixable Oils:

I use Cobra Solvent Free Water Miscible Oils. I also use Holbein Duo.  They are both excellent paints.  My supply list will be for Royal Talons Cobra and one color in Duo.  Please read my "Oil Paints and Mediums" page on my website.

Primary Cyan (Cobra), Ultramarine Blue,  Permanent Green Deep, Transparent Oxide Red, Primary Magenta, Cadmium Red Light,  Cadmium Orange, Yellow Ochre, Permanent Lemon Yellow, VanDycke Brown, Titanium White (Large Tube), Holbein Duo Cadmium Yellow Light

Mediums:  These are optional:  Cobra Painting Paste – used to thicken paint for palette knife work.  Cobra Quick Dry Medium – a few drops to heighten drying time.  Cobra Glazing Medium  - used to thin paint for transparent glazes

Palette Knife – Blick #44 Palette Knife 

Brushes:  These are synthetic brushes to get you started.  They are the same brushes on my acrylic supply list. If you want larger brushes we can discuss that in class.  Brushes are a very personal choice.  I don’t like telling people what to use because some people work better with certain brushes than others.  This is just a starting point for you.

03117-1044 – Blick No. 44 Palette Knife

05224-1003 – Blick Masterstroke BRISTLE Filbert 3

05381-1001 – Blick Scholastic White No. 1 Round

05381-1004 – Blick Scholastic White No. 4 Round

05373-1008 – Blick Studio Synthetic Bright 8

05373-1012 – Blick Studio Synthetic Bright 12

04405-1010 – Utrecht 300B Interlocked Wht Bright 10

05376-1008 – DaVinci Top Acrylic 7182 Bright 8

06205-4112 – Blick Mega Gold No. 30 Flat


Gloves - I wear medical exam gloves when I paint.  Cadmium colors are toxic and can be absorbed in the skin.

If you don’t buy a panel carrier, you’ll need to transport your wet oil painting to and from class laying it flat in the lid of a box. Or, you may choose to transport it on your own table easel if you choose to bring one. When I'm painting outdoors, I use the PanelPak https://www.panelpak.com/ .

Blue Shop Towels to clean your brushes on. Bring a plastic grocery bag to dispose of your towels.  Paper towels and rags cannot be thrown into my garbage bin in the studio.  I’ll explain to you in class about how I dispose of my oil-stained paper towels and rags.  If not disposed of properly, they can become flammable.

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”

― Vincent Willem van Gogh