I've got $250 USD and have nothing to spend it on, and I believe I'd like to get into painting. So before I run over to Dick Blick and order my supplies, I've got a few questions regarding the medium.
1.) I'm absolutely clueless about surfaces. The only surface I really know of are just the canvases you buy. I've heard a lot of mixed feelings about these. Then I hear about different types of paper, illustration boards, etc. Then I read on about "gessoing" and applying "acrylic medium," and I'm just lost. As far as actual surfaces go, I know it's a matter of choice, but could anyone give me a run down of what is looked at as some of the best surfaces, and the differences/advantages/disadvantages between them?
Furthermore, what is all of that stuff about? Priming, applying gesso and acrylic medium, stretching paper, etc.
2.) If you could list a few brands of oil paints you think are quality, I'd appreciate it. Same goes with brushes (I don't know what type of brush I should get as far as hair and shapes are concerned).
3.) What's the purpose of oils (such as linseed). To change the consistency of the paint I'm assuming?
I'd also appreciate it if you could list any books/websites that I would find useful. I've never touched paint despite watercolor in the third grade.
The first question is the main one I'd like to know about. I have no clue what stuff to buy to actually paint on lol
Thanks a lot,