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.
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
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!
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
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
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…
Walking on Mars #3: The History: Here’s my story on this… Three of Four: The red planet has a strange fascination for us and short series came after seeing a few movies on the Red planet... come walk with me. For some reason, they really challenge those who look into them...no two reactions are quite … Continue reading 500 Works of Art on the Road to Your Creativity #93: Walking on Mars #3