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The Ultimate Plein Air Painting Checklist

Plein Air Painting Checklists

Spring is in the air! Is there anything better than to pack a bag after a stressful week and just go outside to do some plein air painting? To smell the flowers, the fragrance of fresh grass or even the scent of rain inspires our creative minds. Not to mention what our creativity is capable of, when we see how Mother Nature is creating new life again. But to enjoy the painting tour to the fullest, we have to be well prepared. We made a list with the most important items you should bring to your painting tour that will help you to be prepared, no matter what the painting tour will brings.

The Plein Air Painting Checklist is divided in 4 parts: Acrylics – Oils – Watercolours – Pastels

Acrylics Plein Air Painting Checklist:

  • At least one brush
  • Bottle of water
  • Cup (for washing the brushes)
  • Paper towel
  • Palette
  • Paper, boards or canvas

Oils Plein Air Painting Checklist:

  • Selection of oil paints
  • At least one brush
  • Paper towel
  • Palette
  • Paper, boards or canvas

Watercolour Plein Air Painting Checklist:

  • Watercolour paint box or selection of tubes
  • At least one brush
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Four clips or pegs (for keeping your paper in place when it’s windy)
  • Paper towel
  • Bottle of water
  • Cup

Pastels Checklist:

  • Selection of pastels
  • Paper
  • Clips
  • Fixative
  • A box of wipes
  • Stomps
  • Eraser

Obviously, we need a checklist for the painting tour that also includes the non-painting plein air essentials:

  • Sunscreen or sunhat
  • Dress in layers
  • Windproof jacket (depends on the weather)
  • Fingerless gloves
  • Fold up chair
  • Something to drink
  • Wear neutral colored clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Plastic bag
  • Camera

Posted in Travel, Painting on May 18, 2018