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  This is my set up for painting. I use acrylic paint on Heavy weight Crescent Illustration board No. 110 cold press finish. My paints are kept in an airtight plastic art tray. (seen on the right) This tray is the trick to making painting with acrylics easier. The tray is lined with paper towel soaked in water. My pigments are laid on top of the damp paper towels which keeps them from drying out. This photo was taken about 2 week after I originally mixed the paints.

I mix my paint on a sheet of layout vellum. Layout vellum is water resistant enough to keep the mixed colors from soaking into the paper towel and yet it allows just enough moisture through to keep it fresh for long periods.

I mainly use eight colors not counting black and white. They are: Cadmium Yellow Medium, Yellow Oxide, Cadmium Orange (optional), Deep Magenta, Burnt Umber, Hooker's Green, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Payne's Gray (optional), Titanium White, and Mars Black.

My brushes are: Winsor and Newton 606 Sable/Synthetic blend 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch Winsor and Newton 560 3/8 inch chisel point Winsor and Newton Series 7 Sable brush sizes 1 and 0.

Other tools: Spray bottle of water Hair Dryer Reading glasses (for close-up work, and because I'm getting old).