I personally think this is best for beginners. Hope this helps!
US Art Supply 21-Piece Acrylic Painting Table Easel Set with, 12-Tubes Acrylic Painting Colors,
11"x14" Stretched Canvas, 6 Artist Brushes, Plastic Palette with 10 Wells https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PR1JWVK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_eYSuFb6PDXNWE
Make your own stay-wet palette!
1) white parchment paper, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F6F631N?ref=nb_sb_ss_w_as-reorder-t1_ypp_rep_k0_1_5&amp&crid=3FWP13GCEJTRX&amp&sprefix=parch
2) paper towel
3) any old plastic container with lid - I use the ones from chinese food and Mejdool dates. The reason I don't use tupperware, say, is because sooner or later they WILL mold.
Cut or fold the paper towel to fit the container. soak it with water, pour out any excess. Cut the parchment to fit on top. Press down with your fingers to get a tight seal against the paper towel. If the parchment curls, tape it down.
-place your paint on the parchment. As long as the paper towel is damp and the lid is on, the paint will stay wet.
-as a bonus, the parchment paper is good to have around. If you just want the paint to stay usable for a few hours, you can use any flat surface, a wet paper towel, and the parchment to create as large of a palette as you want.
Full disclosure, this is not an original... it is a copy of one of the paintings in this book
I'm in the UK too. I tend to buy most things online from Ken Bromley. It's an independent but is reasonably priced and they have a huge selection of items.
On a budget, I think Daler-Rowney offer some good stuff that is well-priced but not so cheap you can't get good results with it.
They do an affordable range called System 3 (both paints and brushes). About half of my brushes are from this range and have lasted me for ages.
They also do a set of paints (less than a fiver on Amazon UK) that, while small, make for a good limited palette: titanium white, ultramarine, cadmium yellow, cadmium red, burnt umber and emerald. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daler-Rowney-System-Acrylic-Starter/dp/B002LQ5DAI/ If you use these and like them you can buy larger tubes of them.
Opera Rose might be somewhat close. Or some fluorescent pink. A screen tends to be inherently more luminous than physical paint because it's backlit, so trying to replicate some of the flashier colors merely through mixing primaries might be troublesome.
Here are the ones I use. Search for miniature detail brushes. The set I have has some general mini-painting brushes, but about half of them are the detail brushes. This same manufacturer has multiple options on Amazon. The brushes are really good, and they are well packaged.
The more I paint, and the more brushes I gather, the more I realize I don't really use the middle size brushes much. I use tiny, tiny ones, or the bigger ones. I have a couple of flats (bristles make a square shape) that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches (3-5 cm) that I use frequently, as well as a bunch of detail size brushes, like these . I do like filberts (rounded) in almost any size. And the pointed ones, called rounds in all the sizes. The angled brushes, I tend to like smaller, less than 1cm. If I was doing really large paintings, bigger than 18"x24" (45x60 cm) I think I'd want more of the middle size brushes.
All of what I said, though, depends on her style of painting. Abstracts have a different brush dynamic than more realistic paintings, and the brushes can be bigger and looser. Hyper-realistic paintings really rely on more detail.
Anyone else have an idea?
Appreciate the suggestions, the dclips I assume you put straight on the back of the frame, not on like the inside edge?.. eye hooks wouldnt lay down on the back. Like these https://www.amazon.com/TOPZEA-Picture-Hangers-Solutions-Paintings/dp/B08NSRR3P8/ref=sr_1_8?keywords=d-ring+hangers&qid=1637353973&sr=8-8 or what do you recommend?
I'd try to find out what she likes or uses or wishes she had and buy that. If that fails, a gift card is better. People are particular about their supplies, and most of those kits are rather basic.
That said, if someone was going to gift me things for my painting, stretched canvases are always welcome. Sketch pads with heavy paper, it lets me practice things that are giving me trouble on my canvas. Brushes wear out, so a good quality brush set wouldn't make me sad. Honestly, now that I said that, something to organize my brushes would be good, so I can put all of these glasses back in the kitchen cabinet! Also, palettes. It's impossible to have enough palettes. I have one of these, and it's GREAT for storing paint for a day or three, and you also have the larger area for mixing. palette
I have a ton of ways I do this!
First: This palette works great! If you mist your paint every day or two, it will stay wet for a LONG time, like weeks. You could also do a wet palette inside.
Second: I like glass pans, with cling wrap to cover. I just mist it every day or two. This is honestly my favorite method. I don't like those little palettes with only a smidge of room for paint and dragging paint off my brush. I like to have room to mix colors and adjust my mediums as needed. Tip for doing this, when you are playing with colors, put a piece of paper underneath the pan, so that you can see the color (I have dark grey counters, so messes me up!).
Third: Using a slow dry medium will help extend the life of your paint. It doesn't change the color, but it does make it glossy. Here is the one I use. If you use too much of it, yes, it will dilute the color, but it is a medium, so the paint won't degrade like it will if you mix it with water.
Cling wrap, like the glad wrap (not press and seal) works pretty well to keep it wet for a couple of days. You don't want it in front of a window or anything, and like the others said, anything that adds moisture (wet palette or a piece of sponge) will extend this.
My recommendation is Masterson Artist Palette Seal and a New Wave POSH Glass Artist Palette over the Sta-wet. Reason is that the Sta-wet could make the acrylic paint too runny / thin, and I prefer to control it over the glass palette, which has a nice neutral gray tone and easy to clean.
Here’s what I’ve been using.
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I tried adding the link via the app but it’s to long.
First projects are basic but it has some neat-o ones too.
Next project in it is to paint a piece of toast :)
It's literally just called paint retarder.
So since that is such a small image maybe you’d be interested in what’s called a pico projector. It’s basically a very small portable pocket projector. You could still use it for movies or shows too, but it would work well for this purpose. It doesn’t need to be very expensive either. A cheap one will work for this.
For whatever reason the hyperlink won’t work but Pico Projector - Artlii 2021 New Mini Projector, Color LED Pico Projector for Cartoon, Movie, Kids Gift, Compatible with HDMI USB Laptop Video Games https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N8RBGPH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JVQJG9CKNNP8N1061KN9?psc=1
That’s the cheapest one. You would need a cable to connect your phone but you could also use a usb or SD card for your image. The black one is $50 USD and has a 10% coupon, the yellow one is the same price but with no coupon. They are the same exact thing just in different colors. Any kind of tripod would help support this but it really depends on your desired setup.
They also do make art specific projectors, and maybe that’s what you want, but this can be used for other things too and to me that gives it more value. Light tables are great but you’ve said you don’t have a printer. And there is a device that uses light reflection to create an image on paper through an acrylic pane, but in my opinion it can be harder to use and require specific lighting conditions.
Hopefully this helps a little.
I went to an art class where the teacher recommended this. It works great! It does take up some room in the fridge, but it saves a lot of frustration while painting, and keeps waste to a minimum.
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I’m glad you like it! I used artist loft. Here’s the link to the paints if your interested Acrylic Paint Tube Set by Artist's Loft, 48 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H8RHZ6P/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Z9VQ1XG8YVEZN5QY2DH1