Reeves 5-Pack Gouache Tube Set: The Review: I started with reeves for the sharpness of their colors, and I still use them whenever I can find them. They dry quickly enough and are easy to blend. If you are not using them as watercolors, (ie diluting them) then I suggest using acrylic paint instead, as … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Gouache, that strange goo is paint!
Liquitex Varnishes: Gloss, Satin, & Matte. The Review: Having these on hand allows you to create contrast effects within your paintings. Placing a gloss finish next to a matt finish can imitate effects of depth. Play with them and see. These don’t tend to dry as slick as Varathane coats and they are a little more … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Varnish Effects
Watercolor Brushes: The Review: I recommend getting a nice set of watercolor brushes for paint and inks. Aim for natural hairs, sable when possible. They hold the pigment and water better. If sable brushes are too pricey for you, then start with some bamboo handled calligraphy brushes. They are wonderfully versatile for line and broad … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Beautiful Watercolour Brushes
Tissue Paper: The Review: Please stick to art supply stock, not dollar store. The colors are sturdier and don’t bleed as much under the Mod Podge or acrylic finishes. You can also use it as a papier maché, if you are quick in applying it and remember that too much rubbing will rip it. This … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Tissue Paper, Not Just For Collage
Varathane Diamond Exterior Finish, Water-Based Gloss: The Review: I love this stuff!!! There are several reasons I love this product and its interior finish equivalent: It’s relatively low cost, covers lots of surfaces, allows for clean and super clear coatings, dries well to a diamond coat that doesn’t feel sticky to touch like most acrylic … Continue reading Saturday’s Supplies – The Best Varnish Finish
Nylon Paint Brushes: Here’s a great starter kit from Hero Neo, but Windsor & Newton make my favorites. The Review: There are many to choose from and lots of cheap ones out there, but you will want to aim for a little more when you see how fast the glue holding in the hairs fails … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – A Few Good Brushes
Amsterdam Acrylic Paints: The Review: I’ve chosen Amsterdam because the colors tend to be sharper and more vibrant. Also, it is relatively easy to find them in the more economical tubs, instead of the tubes. When I’m mixing or diluting the paint I’ve often gone for the less expensive Pebeo brand for its better viscosity. … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – The Best Acrylic Paints
Stretched Canvas: The Review: Sargent brand offers a double primed surface, which allows you to use less paint on the painting and to take advantage of the pure white for building up layers and depth. I think it’s a great bang for the buck! As you get more comfortable with your materials, you may find … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Canvas: My Favourite Pre-made.
Stretcher Strips Stretching Bars for Art Canvas Frames: The Review: At the start, I was making my own stretchers from pretty much anything I could. Some were, well let’s say less elegant than others. I found these bars and the process became much easier and sturdier. If you aren’t buying pre-made canvases, then this is … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Canvases: To Make or Not To Make…
Liquitex Basics Gesso Surface Prep Medium: The Review: I’ve tried all sorts of gesso and almost all work the same for me. This is an economical format and has been the best bang for my buck when I need it. I don’t suggest you mix it with paints or tints, but if I’m honest, I … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Gesso – The best blank canvas maker!