Brushes & applicators: I found that Calligraphy Brushes & Bamboo Brushes worked the best and I indulged in a variety of big ones. They hold much more glaze and helped me achieve more uniform coatings when I wasn’t dipping the bisqued pieces. They also allowed me the finer tips for greater details when wanted. You … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Ceramist’s Brushes
Pottery Tools: Warning: If you are a guy, you will probably geek-out on all the gadgets available. Most of these things are used for marking and carving, so you can get crafty and find or make your own. OR You can get these awesome starter kits: 1- niceEshop 30pcs Clay Sculpting Tools Pottery Carving Tool … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Tools of the Trade
Glazes: These were usually private mixes from the studios I worked in. I never asked for the recipes. When I graduated to the private studio, under the mentorship of porcelain master Marie Cote, I used her clear glaze as the base for all my experimentation and mixes. It was the most robust and versatile glaze … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Adding the Flavour To The Fire
Clays: I’ve used mostly Cone 6 clays from Pottery Supply House: The ones I’ve used the most are: CONE 06 WHITE GROGGED CLAY: The Review: The grog allows you to work soft or rigid with ease. This is a beginners dream clay to use. CONE 06 RED GROGGED CLAY: The Review: This is the least … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – The Clays I Like
Paint Mixing Pallet: Get a wood one, it is easier to maintain with oils. Any local art supply store will have inexpensive ones in various sizes. If it feels comfortable to hold, get that one! If you aren’t standing while painting, then use any clean scrap of wood. You can use a pile of newsprint … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Mixing Boards
Paint Thinner: You can go all out and get the Speedball Art Products Mona Lisa 1-Gallon Odorless Paint Thinner. The lack of door helps work in smaller studios and it keeps well for a long time, if well capped. You can also use the thinner to dilute your paints and make washes, but it will … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Clean your Brushes.
Pallet Knives: The Review: A basic set is more than enough to work with, but there are many marking effects that can be accomplished with the stranger looking ones… so go ahead and have some fun. Note: I never believed my colleagues that I would eventually prefer painting with pallet knives, but it happened shortly … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Fun with Knives… Pallet Knives, that is.
Brushes: The Review: It’s best to have natural fibers, like Hog hairs - 100% Pure Hog Hairs = No Shedding. Make sure to have some paint thinner nearby while working to help keep the brushes clean. Don’t let them get gummed up. With care quality, brushes will last many years. It’s handy to have a … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Excellent Oil Paintbrushes.
Oil Paints: The review: Winsor & Newton Winton Oil Color is the brand I’ve used most commonly for the basic colors. Like many painters, you will need a large tub of Liquid white, and a tub of black too. As you develop your mixing skills, you may choose others in large quantities. Note: You can … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – The Best Oils to Start With.
Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set: The Review: You can use tubes if you want to prepare your palette ahead of time, but I like the simplicity of using galettes instead. This set offers an added bonus that the paint seems to dry with a slight gloss to it. The browns were particularly beautiful to use. … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies – Awesome Watercolours