I always enjoy seeing what other artist’s favorite tools of the trade are, so I thought I’d share a few of my own with you …. Enjoy!
GOLDEN, HEAVY-BODIED ACRYLIC PAINTS. There is nothing like buying the best paint available. I used student grades paints for a long time, and those are wonderful, but nothing delights the brush like moving really good Heavy Body Acrylics across the canvas. You can also experiment with fluid acrylics. I recommend trying a little of both.
COLLAGE MATERIALS. In my e-course I have an entire day dedicated to all the wonderful, secretive and treasurey way to find great collage papers. Really what it comes down to is picking up anything that you LOVE! Art stores are great resources for gorgeous, decorative rice papers, but there are lots of other freebies I love too: letters, torn book pages, food wrappers, wine labels, etc…the possibilities are endless
WRAPPED CANVAS. I like canvases with a deeper edge. Artist Brand Canvas is a small, family owned business in California, who make all of their own canvases. The quality is great, the people are great, the prices are great – what more can I say?
COLOR SHAPERS. There is nothing like a 2″ color shaper, aka, the rubber squeegee. Or a 1″ color shaper. I use these wide rubber squeegees for collaging AND painting, and well, so much more.
FLAT BRUSHES. I love flat brushes. Big, inexpensive flat brushes. Lately I’ve been really into the larger Princeton Snap Wash Brushes. But plain ole mixed media brushes are great too. And of course, tons of foam brushes, which you can get at your local hardware store!
GOLDEN SOFT GEL. This is the glue that holds it all together. There are so many ways to use it: mix it with water, mix it with paint, collage with it, and so much more! I buy it by the gallon!
HANDMADE STAMPS. I love to make my own stamps. If you’ve never done it, you can watch my video tutorial here.
MOLOTOW PAINT MARKERS. Have you ever paid $44 for a set of four markers? Well I just did, and they are worth every cent! I use these for doodling over paintings once they are dry, and adding all sorts of fun touches!
And of course… AN ART JOURNAL KIT. I keep the essentials in a little kit, ready to go at all times!
What are your favorite supplies? Scroll down and leave a comment, I’d love to know!