One of the most fun benefits of doing online art courses in the last year has been getting to try a lot of new art supplies that I wouldn’t even know about otherwise.
Here’s a few things I’m super-glad I tried…
1. Shiva paintstiks
I learnt about these last year from Juliette Crane, in her Serendipity course.
They’re oil paints in a stick form and look like oil pastels. I use them for mark making, patterns and shading, because they smudge much more easily and smoothly than oil pastels. They take 24hrs to dry, but that’s still quicker than regular oils and they actually kind of smell nice (unlike regular oils).
2. Stabilo marks all pencils
I originally had a black Generals brand pencil that is quite similar to the Stabilo, but my local art store only has it in black or white.
So in my last order with dickblick.com I impulsively added Stabilo’s in red, blue, brown and green too.
Not only do they write on just about any surface or medium, but when you wet them they react like a watercolour pencil. I also like the effect spraying with water gives.
3. Neon Acrylics
I’ve been seeing a lot of neons being used by different artists lately, and when I saw some in a cheap discount store in December I decided to grab some and have a go to see how I liked them – and I love them!
These are from Reno Art, and I particularly love the fluorescent purple and fluorescent lumipink (centre) at the moment.
What art supplies have you tried and loved?