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Is there an alternative for Bob Ross paint?

Asked by Moonya (206points) September 20th, 2011

I got a bunch of DVD’s from Bob Ross for my birthday and I would love to use them and learn how to paint for my own fun. Except… I live in Belgium and Bob Ross paint is nowhere to be found or you have to pay loads of money for it. Sinds I am a beginner, and I first wanna try if I like to paint, is there a cheaper alternative for his oil paint and liquid white paint that I can use and that is easely found?

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Why are you specifically interested in his brand of paint? To match colour names with those he is using in the video?
Otherwise, I can’t imagine there would be any necessity to buy that specific brand. I’m sure you can paint happy little trees with any paint you choose.

picante's avatar

Ohhh, I miss Bob and his happy little (everything). Anef has it right—the brand of paint is inconsequential; it is Bob’s technique that you will be imitating.

tom_g's avatar

Bob Ross’ soothing voice and repetitive tree/mountain paintings were a great source of relaxation for me as a kid. @ANef_is_Enuf is right. Get a nice and fluffy perm wig, some basic paints, and let the brushes fly.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Try Golden Artists Colors. I think it should be available in Europe.

Moonya's avatar

Yes but I can’t find the liquid white he is talking about. The base coat so to speak for painting wet in wet.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@Moonya Do you have a post office box? I can look for it here in the US and mail it to you. PM me.

janbb's avatar

Have you talked to an art supply store and see if there is a substitute for it?

asmonet's avatar

You just need to buy oil paints. The names of the colors should be the same. I’ve gotten a Bob Ross kit as a present before. It’s all the same stuff, just labelled with his name. Go down to your local art supply store and wander into the oil paint section, it will look intimidting but the cheap stuff has all the same colors and will suit your needs for now. Just remember, oil. Don’t go buying acrylics by accident.

As for liquid white / black I frequently get looked at as though I’m crazy when I ask for help finding it. Rarely is there a person in the stores around here who knows what I’m talking about, rarer still do they have it in stock.

Your best bet, at least in my experience is to order the liquid black or liquid white off the internet.

Good luck! Painting is awesome!

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downtide's avatar

@Moonya the base liquid for painting wet-on-wet with oil paints, is simple white spirit or turpentine (white spirit is better than turps). You can buy it cheap from hardware stores. I believe the Bob Ross ones come with a little paint mixed in, but you can do that yourself at home.

The paints themselves are regular oil paints. Any brand will work just fine.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

For liquid white try this formula:
Magic White

Here’s the formula -

Equal portions of each: titanium white paint, linseed oil and turpentine or odorless thinner.

Other products you can buy that are the same are called Liquid White, made by many companies including Bob Ross.

Moonya's avatar

thank you all for answering. I am looking forward to learning the technique and then making my own paintings. After all, Bob Ross claimes everyone can learn this, even the ones without drawing skills :)

downtide's avatar

@Moonya as a painter myself (watercolours though) I agree – drawing skills are not required to paint well.

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Woodmaniac's avatar

I know I am little too late to answer. But just in case someone also has a similar question, may be this answer might be useful. Bob Ross paints are expensive. Remember you are actually paying for the ‘Brand Name’ Kevin Hill uses his own brand and signature brushes. Bill Alexander has his own line. Yes, there is a little difference in these brands of paint. It has less oil and hence dries faster, and easy to work with wet on wet. Having said that all you have to do is lay out your palette well in advance, a day maybe. Lay the paint on any absorbent paper, like news paper, blotting paper etc. This will aborb the excess oil, the paint then becomes a Bob Ross paint. The down side is, if you run out of paint, you will still have to wait for the squeezed paint to dry. And Midnight black is a color you don’t normally find. It is a purplish back.

jwm70's avatar

The Bob ross and Bill Alexander paints are purposely made a lot firmer and drier,except for the highlight colors which are slightly thinner.Normal oil paints usually won’t work to achieve the same effects.generally will turn into a mud mixer on the canvas.Unless you can find some extra firm paint that is cheaper somewhere.I have yet to find any that matches.But the huge tubes of bob ross paint,although expensive will last a long long time and I paint every day.One can of liquid white and clear have lasted me almost six years.and they work great,and they don’t yellow so far,especially with a sealer on your painting

jwm70's avatar

I have recently found that the permalba oil colors have nearly the same consistency as the bob ross and alexander paints and the permalba is made by weber,the same company who produces the ross is the best substitute I have found.And it saves me 5 dollars per tube with virtually the same result.I hope this helps and happy painting to you

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