Oil Painting Supply List - (Solvent-Free)

Jill Saur Fine Art Oil Painting Supply List (Solvent-Free)

Palette:  I use the Masterson Palette with the Blue Lid (A Must Have).

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 panels, cotton or linen, when painting with water-based oil paints.  You are also welcome to paint with your favorite acrylic primed canvas. Here are different panels that I use:  1. Ampersand museum series panel Gessobord.  It’s the #1 painting panel for oils.  2.  Centurion LX Universal Primed Linen Painting Panel.  3.  Fredrix Pro Acrylic Primed Panel  4.  Jerry's Senso Linen Acrylic Primed Panel.   Start with 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 or M. Graham Walnut Oil.  You can also use the walnut oil to clean your brushes when changing colors.  If you're used to doing an underpainting with turpentine that dries quickly, you'd be surprised how many artists are now using Cobra's transparent oxide red and van dyke brown diluted with a little water to underpaint with.

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 and Winsor & Newton Titanium White.  Please read my "Oil Paints and Mediums" page on my website.

All tubes are 40 ml except for white which is a large tube.

Cobra Primary Cyan  40 ml tube

Cobra Ultramarine Blue  40 ml tube

Cobra Permanent Green Deep  40 ml tube

Cobra Transparent Oxide Red  40 ml tube

Cobra Primary Magenta  40 ml tube

Cobra Cadmium Red Light  40 ml tube

Cobra Cadmium Orange 40 ml tube

Cobra Yellow Ochre  40 ml tube

Cobra Permanent Lemon Yellow  40 ml tube

Cobra VanDycke Brown 40 ml tube

Winsor & Newton Artisan Titanium White (Large Tube 200 ml) 

Holbein Duo Cadmium Yellow Light 40 ml tube

Mediums: Cobra Painting Paste (optional) – 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

Davinci Top Acrylic 7482 #8 filbert

Blick Scholastic White No. 1 Round

Blick Scholastic White No. 4 Round

Blick Studio Synthetic Bright 8

Blick Studio Synthetic Bright 12

Utrecht 300B Interlocked Wht Bright 10

DaVinci Top Acrylic 7182 Bright 8

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