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!
Sharpie FINE POINT Marker Permanent: The Review: The most basic tool for every artist and doodler! The black of a standard Sharpie has it’s very own beauty. The more one uses it, the more one learns how to play with the sharp point and to vary the line… if you are comfortable mangling the tip … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: The Ubiquitous Tool – A Sharpie
Pentel Arts Pocket Brush Pen: The Review: This has become my favorite drawing tool. Giving the ability to practice techniques used in watercolor, calligraphy, ink brushing. I’m now able to make remarkably fine lines to very thick ones. It is also amazing for shading and texturing. I love these pens! I’ve been able to practice … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: The Best Drawing Pen Ever!
Crayola 96 Crayons: The Review: Wax crayons are versatile if you allow yourself to try them. You can blend colors and tones, and with a little practice, make lines as fine and crisp as you like. Using them on textured papers enhances the layers of the to work. The light that lives in the crevices … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Crayons Are For Your Inner Child Too!
Moleskine Sketchbook: The Review: You may think I’ve succumbed to Moleskine’s marketing hype and that is why I pay the higher price for these watercolor paper notebooks. You could be right, but… You might think I’m overly impressed that this type of sketchbook has been used by such artists as Van Gogh, Picasso, & Hemingway. … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: The Best Sketchbook Ever!
Canon PIXMA MX492 Inkjet Printer: The Review: For me, this has been the easiest to use for cleaning and cartridge replacement. It works reasonably well with recycled inks and the wireless is easy to set-up. The Canon has worked best for me on ink usage. With replacement cartridges in the $50 range. Shop around, as … Continue reading My Favourite Art Supplies: Finding that Good Printer