In this art supplies experiment, you will learn how to paint a landscape using intermediate/pro art supplies.   

But how do you know when art supplies are basic, studio quality, intermediate and professional?  Usually, I would say it’s the price point.  But recently I used a very expensive “professional” paint brush, valued around $29US and the first time using it, a couple of bristles came out, which is normal.  But the second time, many more bristles started to come out of it.  Very disappointed.  So I tried a much less expensive brush of similar type and it worked just fine.

For paint, I look at the information on the paint bottle or tube.  If it has the colour index number on it, I classify that paint starting at intermediate.    

What is Colour Index?

A colour index number is more of an identifier of the pigment that makes up the paint in the bottle or tube.  For example:  Ultramarine Blue is PB29.  PB means “pigment blue” and 29 is the number assigned to it.  

I’ll be using DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics for this painting and although, DecoArt classifies this paint for the hobby-artist, I’ve used paints that were three times the price that should have been found in the Dollar Store.  

For the brushes, I’ll be using mid-range priced brushes and you know what, if the place you buy art supplies has a house brand, try that first before investing in new brushes. 

You will learn how to paint a landscape and even if you don’t have the exact same supplies that I do (It’s a big world), use what you have and learn the technique if you’ve never painted like this before.  


How to Paint a Landscape

What did you think?

Have you ever painted portraits, landscapes or other types of detail paintings using intermediate art supplies.  Please share in the comments below and if you have a picture of your favourite painting, please share that as well.