We could talk for many hours about Art Equipment, but our intention here is just to provide a little guidance that will help you equip yourself for the nJoyArt ONLINE Live ‘Painting for Fun’ sessions.
There are many designs, sizes, and prices of easel and it is totally personal preference as to what you may like.
nJoyArt uses Wooden Tabletop Tripod Easels for our guests during in-person sessions. We use these because you can get them at a reasonable price, making them good value for money and they have the advantage that they fold up neatly for storage when not in use.
We have Wooden Tabletop Tripod Easels for sale in our nJoyArt store, individually or as part of our nJoyArt Starter kit.
All that said – an easel is not essential, you may choose to work flat on a tabletop.
It is often true that you get what you pay for and with brushes that is also often true.
However, for what we do you can get lovely results with some carefully chosen cheaper brushes. They do not last as long as the professional quality ones, but all brushes will have a greater life span if looked after properly – See Cleaning and Care.
Here are a few of the most common brush shapes
For the nJoyArt sessions, the most commonly used brushes are
No 10 Hog Hair Bristle – (We call it our stipple brush)
A fine Detail Round or 1/4″ Angular Flat
As part of our Starter Kit we have a set of these brushes chosen for you.
Cleaning and Care:
Always try to clean brushes straight after use – it is easier and extends the life of your brush.
Do not leave brushes sitting in water. If you cannot wash them straight away put them in a plastic bag to keep the fibres moist and store flat.
• Remove as much paint from the brushes (and your plate/palette) with a paper towel or other disposable cloth and discard in the bin.
(It is not recommended that you pour acrylic paint down the sink – so the more you can remove before you wash them the better!)
• Rinse the brush through with warm water and gently splay the fibres or use an old toothbrush (or similar, we use a silicone dish brush) to brush the bulk of the paint out and clean the handle – be careful to clean the brush head in one direction only, away from the handle.
• Soap the brushes. we use a bar of soap – any will do to cover the brush fibres liberally as if painting the bar of soap. Be careful not to splay the fibres hard and don’t push the brush head vertically on the soap
• Rinse – use a small glass or clear jar with water to swash around the brush around and remove the soap and colour… replace the water often until the water is clear.
• Test the brush (as if painting) on an old towel to make sure there is no more colour coming out… If there is…rinse more or go back and repeat the process.
• Shape the brush head so it dries in its intended shape.
• Dry flat on a flat surface (we use an old towel)
Do not dry brushes with the bristles up, because the moisture damages the brush handle and never dry or store brushes with the bristles down, it pushes them out of shape.
….. Yes, I know… believe it or not, we do that for all your brushes after every nJoyArt in-person session!
We use (non-toxic) Acrylic paint for our sessions and again the price varies vastly depending on quality, pigment, body, etc. It’s another extensive subject!
However, again for what we do, we can get great results from the student grade paints, or those priced at the lower end of the scale. You can purchase some from our nJoyArt Store but there are other options too. If you want any suggestions Contact us and we will be happy to make suggestions.