What the guys said is true. Personally I would start with the basic Opaque color set..white, black, red, yellow, green, blue, etc. The color kit sells at Wally world, pretty cheap. Get a color wheel and learn how to use it... Hobby Lobby sells them. With this stuff you can mix and match and learn what colors you like best. You'll be adding paints and colors as you go. Probably transparent then pearls. Great fun and addictive....Good luck.