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!
Burlap Fabric 60” Wide X 5 Yards: The Review: I’m not sure I’d recommend this for the application I applied it to. I used it for a canvas to stretch over a stretcher… several times, in fact. It soaks up the Gesso in industrial quantities and then does the same to the acrylic paint. The … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Burlap – For Texture And The Rustic Touch
Crescent Cardboard Sheets: The Review: I’ve had leftover sheets from a variety of sources, including reused packaging materials, but the colors often get muted or the paper falls apart under the acrylic and water. So I splurged on some professional paper and got excellent color retention and absorption. If you look hard enough and want … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Do You Want To Play With Paperboard?
Plywood Sheet: Taken from scrap I had around the house. Available from any hardware store… look in their cutting section for scrap pieces being liquidated. If you have construction sites nearby, go ask for scraps there too. Finally, there are more and more EcoCenters popping up and they tend to have tons… literally tons of … Continue reading Saturday’s Supplies – Scraps: Play To Your Heart’s Content!
Canson Biggie Sketch Pads 18 In. X 24 In.: The Review: This paper is awesome. It has a semi-smooth surface and is sturdy enough to take some rough strokes. It is miles above newsprint, which has its own beauty. It is like having a smooth watercolor paper. I’ve also used this for gouache and acrylic … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Paper – The Best Big Pad
PRISMACOLOR Charcoal: The Review: Prismacolor has some of the best drawing pencils around, for color and for durability of the pigments within the wood pencil. Unless you want to be working with crumbs and cracked bits, this is THE essential charcoal product to use. This awesome kit gives you all the tools to smudge and … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Charcoal – The Best Of The Messy Black Stuff
Faber-Castell Creative Studio Non-Toxic Square Soft Pastel: The Review: I received this kit as a gift and used it sporadically to highlight or make colorful outlines. I found it messy to use as a sketching tool & as a rough under-draft material for my paintings. It took quite some time for me to realize the … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Dry Pastels
Pigma Brush Pens Sakura Assorted Colors: The review: The Pigma brush pens were the first brush pens I tried. The black never seemed to hold enough ink for my needs, but I used it a lot! The best way to use it is with slow strokes. They fill in and blend more evenly than traditional … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: The Best Brush-Tip Markers
Conté à Paris Pastel Pencils with 24 Assorted Colors & Conté à Paris The Sketching Box with Assorted Pencils: The Review: Conte is a strange material to use. Well, it is for me. It can come off as scratchy and hard to control if you wish to have only crisp lines. It tends to crumble … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: To Conté or Not To Conté?
Sharpie Ultra Fine Point Permanent Markers, 12 Colored Markers: The Review: The colors are always pure and vibrant. They will bleed through most papers, unless quite thick. The colors can be blended with rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab. Sharpies are the most basic drawing tool for every artist and doodler! The black of … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Permanent Colors – Sharpies!