art supplies 

*not sponsored, just what I happen upon to use/ my thoughts  :) 

I'm a beginner, what should I buy?

I get asked this question a lot. Based on a budget and not sacrificing quality too much, this is what I would start beginners with. If you do have extra money to spend, I would say the best return of investment is to spend it on quality paper. Paper truly makes the biggest difference of what you can or can not do. 

Brushes - start with round tip, they are the generalist and easily most diverse to use. The set I link below, have a long handle and perform well all round ( water and colour release). Having said that, they are obviously not brushes made with craftsmanship as a selling point, so you will find the occasional lose hair the falls off.

Paints - I would recommend pans over tubes, simply because you don't have to spend time to figure out how to set things up. I would start with student grade and not break the bank until you find yourself more invested. In terms of brands, I would recommend Gansai Tambi because their price is in the middle, the large range of colours, decent pigment vibrancy and the biggest selling point for me is the large pan size to grab colour. You will need a separate plate to do colour mixing however.

Paper - I’m a cold press paper kind of girl because I like the textures on paper. If you’re looking to start with cold press, I would advise 300gsm/ 140lbs at 25% cotton to be a good place to start (What do all these terms and numbers even mean? :o  Video answer for you :) . I find 90lb paper to bit too thin to hold up watercolor layering or washes. Fluid Watercolor Paper has been a recent favourite. They have a good balance of texture and thickness. They also hold up very well to stretching and multiple layers of painting.

Other things you will need:

  • two cups of water ( glass over plastic so you don't tip it over when you're swishing the brush around)

  • tissue paper

  • one spray mist bottle ( to moist paints without it overflowing with water)

What art supplies do you use? 

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Brushes, Markers & Pens