The Easy Way to Start
Remember, if you are coming to one of my live classes, you don't need this, since I supply all the materials. But to paint at home the easiest way to start painting for not a lot of money, is with the Bob Ross Basic Paint set.
It comes with Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Phthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, and Titanium White, one 118 ml (4 oz) bottle of Liquid White, #5 painting knife, and a 1” landscape brush.
If your budget allows, the better option to start painting is with the Bob Ross Master Paint Set.
It includes 8 colors: Alizarin Crimson, Bright Red, Cadmium Yellow, Sap Green, Phthalo Blue, Van Dyke Brown, Midnight Black, and Titanium White. It also has one 118 ml (4 oz) bottle of Liquid White, #10 painting knife, 1” landscape brush, 2” background brush, #2 script liner brush, #6 fan brush and an instructional DVD.
The only things you’ll need to add are some odorless paint thinner to clean your brushes, a canvas, a palette of some kind to put your paint on and an easel.
I would also suggest you order an extra BIG tube of Titanium White, because you end up using a lot of it to mix colors.
Bob recommend an acrylic palette because it is much easier to load your painting knife correctly with acrylic’s smooth finish. His palette measured 23.5 inches by 16 inches because he needed a lot of room to mix the colors and load his paint brush.
You can use a Bob Ross Disposable Palette Pad because it also has a smooth finish. I like this one because both edges are bound so it doesn’t flop around when you are loading your brush. It is, however smaller that his acrylic palette (12” x 16”).
If you want a larger disposable Palette pad you can get them up to 18”x24”. They make it really easy to clean up after painting!