Tools & Materials
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WHY I LOVE BLICK
The links are to a company called Blick Art Materials. I love them to the moon and back because they have competetive prices, quick shipping, a MASSIVE selection, and 24 hour support. They sponsor scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows. They also support local schools, art leagues, and commununity groups across the country. They're family owned, and have been around since 1911! They're just super ethical and lovely. So if you're gonna shop online for art and craft supplies, I'd choose them over Amazon ANY day.
That said, if you have access to a sweet little art supply shop, I'd check them out first. I'm all about supporting small and local. But, if you're in the boondocks, or just have zero time for shopping IRL, you might find these links handy.
Anyway, these are a few of my favorite things (queue Mary Poppins)...
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PENCILS & ERASERS
I love using mechanical pencils because they're always "sharp". Also, I get crazy when I get down to the end of a regular pencil and don't have enough to hold on to. This one is great because it's made from recycled materials!
What's better than colored pencils? WATERCOLOR PENCILS! Sribble down your color, and blend your way to a watercolor painting!
PENS & MARKERS
I've been using Microns for YEARS. I love getting the set of six or eight because it has all the sizes I need. They also come in other colors.
POSCA Pens are perfect if you want to add a little somethin'-somethin' after you've painted or inked. They write on anything.
HARDWARE & BRUSHES
I've had a lot of rulers over my time, and this is by far my favorite!
If you don't want to wreck your table, or want a portable flat surface, this drawing clip board is just what you need.
This is my favorite type of tip for brushes. I found the roundedness/pointiness very versatile.
PAINTS & INKS
I keep one of these Van Gogh watercolor sets with me at all times. I'm completely hooked on watercolor these days!
This set comes with Golden Yellow, Orange, Tangerine, Crimson, Cherry Red, Red Violet, Aqua, Turquoise, Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, Van Dyke Brown, and Sepia.
PAPER, PADS, & NOTEBOOKS
I am MADLY IN LOVE with these hand•book watercolor journals. The paper is super heavy, has built-in bookmark and pocket, and an elastic to keep it closed. I keep one of these puppies in my purse.