While I love *all* the painting supplies, there are some that are used almost all the time.
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I use Daniel Smith Watercolors almost exclusively. They’re fabulously lightfast, I love that they are high quality paints that are consistent and reliable. Colors for my YouTube videos are described in a video HERE….while I do play with other colors throughout the year, I keep the same basic colors for about 2 years before trading out; that helps people following along not need to go buy new paints all the time just to try what I’m trying.
Currently I use a FOMA metal palette; I like the way paint mixes on metal, and the angled mixing wells of this one – I never use plastic. Halfpans are in my palette right now, but a new palette is in production and will be here later this year with larger wells for my big brushes!
I’m a sable girl! Yes, I know. But once you go sable, it’s hard to go back to synethetic except for specific uses! However – I do use a mix, for different types of strokes:
- Natural Hair Sables:
I paint on Arches watercolor paper 140lb – starting with full sheets and breaking them down to quarters. (I can paint half a sheet but it’s so hard that a quarter is my sweet spot!) Saunders Waterford is a VERY close second. The surface is a little softer and paint moves differently and dries at different speeds than Arches.
I own a ginormous collection of sketchbooks! Too many. Some favorites:
- Indigo Art Papers Sketchbooks – made with 300lb paper:
- Michigan Lake Press Sketchbooks can be custom made with your choice of papers, covers, threads – excellent quality!
- Pentalic sketchbooks for urban sketching.
- Tutto3 Pencil, black or silver body
- Kneaded Eraser, BLICK
- Graphix Incredible Board for mounting paper, AMZ
- Blick Travel Easel – BLICK
For more info and recommendations on a wide variety of art and craft supplies, see the free My Virtual Studio class.