Favorite Art Supplies of the Year!
Here are my eight top art supplies for the year. These are the things I’ve used the most, I can (and just did!) vouch for each and every one of them.
One fun and delicious addition to my art supply game was that I had a year-long collaboration with Art Snacks. That means I got to try a lot of new things and some big ones (my palette and brush of the year) made it onto this list.
// THE LIST
Artograph LightTracer Light Box : https://amzn.to/2PzbRmE
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Paints : https://amzn.to/2E9JdWS
Princeton Velvetouch Brush Size 8 : https://amzn.to/2CBs07H
Canson XL Series Watercolor Paper : https://amzn.to/2QJ2yVI
Arches Watercolor Paper : https://amzn.to/2V5mCkj
Arches Watercolor Block : https://amzn.to/2SfM4lk
Staedtler Metal Sharpener : https://amzn.to/2CssvB2
Staedtler Tradition 4B Pencil : https://amzn.to/2GzYbIy
Prismacolor Sienna Brown Pencil : https://amzn.to/2BzvBRU
Faber Castel Dust Free Eraser : https://amzn.to/2EHfRjN
Art Inc by Lisa Congdon : https://amzn.to/2SfJVX5
I have owned this lightbox for about 15 years (but who’s counting) and she still works like a charm. I prefer it to my newer on because the switch is more reliable and it has an actual plug, rather than a battery.
One of the most important things to have in order and love hard for a watercolorist. A beautiful palette that works for you actually makes painting better.
While I still use this watercolor palette on the regular, I’ve also been using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi palette just as much. It is cheap and cheerful and I highly recommend it to both new and sage watercolorists!
As important as being one with your palette is your brush, in my opinion. This number 8 Princeton Velvetouch is AMAZING and the only brush I use now, basically (except for background washes).
I adore it so because it has the tidiest pointy tip for details plus it’s large enough to fill in all of my little creatures. It’s quite simply the best brush experience I’ve ever had.
A girl’s gotta live a little. But seriously, there is something about working from home and bribery that makes sitting down at the art desk in the afternoon so much more enjoyable.
ALL THE THINGS
I discovered this year that if I put all of my tabletop bits and bobs in pretty vessels they tend to stay in one place and also are much more satisfying to look at.
All of these items are decades old and still going strong, including my Nana’s china and crystal ashtray - repurposed as a sharpenings holder.
My paper preferences haven’t changed - and believe me I try a lot of paper. My go-to is always the Canson XL cheapy pad for anything experimental, Instagramish, non-final.
Then I turn to Arches cold-pressed for all final pieces. I use both the pad and the block, which is the same paper quality but glued down at the edges. This is significantly more expensive but there’s no need to stretch it, which makes it well-worth it if I’m doing a layered piece.
Vibes and Ambience
This is superfluous… but also an element that brings me great joy! I like to keep good vibes in the form of beautiful, natural things around the studio. Why not?
These featured crystals are + celestite (the blue) for your throat chakra (creativity, expression, listening) + tourmaline (the green) for your heart chakra (love, connection, courage) + quartz for your crown chakra (spiritual oneness and source). I mean I’m not even gonna front, I love this stuff, fully embracing my woo this year!
Resources and trust-worthy information (beyond the internets) is important. My favorite has been Lisa Congdon’s Art Inc.
She basically changed my whole game with the first chapter - owning the fact that you’re an artist. The book is full of stories and anecdotes plus practical advice for most elements of running an art business.