Please use this discussion to ask or discuss miscellaneous art supplies only such as paper, easels, accessories, etc. What brands do you like best? Beginners what are your questions regarding art supplies?
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HI, Gail....

I guess, naming names..IE: brand names, could put a cat among the pigeons... but, here goes... these are my personal choices:

  • Graphite pencils - Faber Castell
  • Acrylics - Createx Wicked and Createx Illustration Paint
  • Ink - Winsor & Newton or Liquitex
  • Oils - Art Spectrum or Reeves
  • Gouache - Any brand

The reason I use these particular brands is simple..

Over the past 40 years or so, I just about tried every brand I could find. At the end of it all.. the ones listed do the job I require from them.

I do not have a particular brand of canvas I stick with, I just look at the finish and weave of the available canvases and go for quality.

It's pretty much the same with watercolor paper...I look for quality.

I go through a lot of brushes, so I buy bulk packs of good quality synthetic or sable brushes for the water base mediums and good quality hog bristle brushes for the oils.

I suppose the best way to find the right art supply is to ask an artist, who's work you admire, what they used to create their work...and give it a try.

Cheers

I have some of the Createx Wicked as Dallas mentioned and love it, looking to purchasing more.

Hi Pat... It's awesome paint... did you get the reducer as well?.....You can reduce to Wicked acrylics to a ridiculous amount and not lose the integrity of the color.. amazing stuff...

Cheers

Pat said:

I have some of the Createx Wicked as Dallas mentioned and love it, looking to purchasing more.

No Dallas I didn't get the reducer. It doesn't affect the color at all? I 'll have to purchase it.

Hi, Pat..... I have linked to a Createx video.. this is a demonstration using reduced Wicked through an airbrush... both on metal and Pelon fabric...watch what happens when he reduces the Wicked to 800% and sprays on the Pelon...

Yep-- 800% !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqQGvS1CUwo

Pat said:

No Dallas I didn't get the reducer. It doesn't affect the color at all? I 'll have to purchase it.

Wow Dallas, that's amazing. I have to get some. Loved the effects he was creating.....I have to try airbrushing, I think I will be addicted to it...lol..I have to find one that is okay and doesn't cost an arm and a leg..thanks for the video Dallas.


Hi, Pat... Airbrushing is great to do.... I will admit, it is probably the most difficult art tool to come to grips with, but they will allow you create effects a hand brush cannot do. I love them.. I have 24 of them!

Watch a few introduction to airbrushing videos on YouTube... like this one....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhWw4Kdn9BI

You can buy a Chinese double action airbrush on line for around the $40 mark... remember.. you will need an air compressor as well... one with a air storage tank.

Cheers
Pat said:

Wow Dallas, that's amazing. I have to get some. Loved the effects he was creating.....I have to try airbrushing, I think I will be addicted to it...lol..I have to find one that is okay and doesn't cost an arm and a leg..thanks for the video Dallas.

That looks like fun Dallas. I looked up prices and I'll have to save to get one...lol........24 lucky you!

24, OMG, you must have a big studio, lol. My hubby insisted that he needed an airbrush but has yet to use it, he said I could use it but still coming to terms with traditional media and don't know what to use it for and how. Lol

I have been keeping my Prismacolor Premiers in the original tin, with which I have tried to be careful. However, the pencils shift around in the tin and cause breakage. The tin also doesn't provide for easy grabbage like I would like. I looked at a variety of options and found that pencil rolls are my first choice to try. I couldn't find the one I really wanted (e.g. the right length, price, quality, etc.). I want to have many of them as my pencil collection is growing, and Christmas is coming.

Anyhooser, I finally found this tutorial to make my own.

It is a "no-sew" project. All you need is a piece of decent felt, scissors, ruler, and cord/ribbon. I bought 2 yards of felt for $4/yard and ribbon for $2. Two yards was overkill, but I wanted to make several for all of my pencils. It was super easy and fast. The most labor intensive part was cutting the holes, but your pencils are worth it.

The wrap style and sturdy felt produces great padding for the pencils. The hardest part was getting the holes to line up so that the pencils will be straight, which in my OCD brain seemed very important. I was using my son's chalk, which didn't afford much accuracy. Black was the only decent color they had at my Wal-Mart, and the chalk was the medium that would show up on it. I would suggest a different color felt and/or medium if accuracy is important to you.

You can lengthen or shorten the template provided to account for any number of pencils. This one holds 25 pencils. I plan on making more for my graphite, Crayola pencils, and any future collections. There is even a crayon template if that is your poison. 

The roll is still new, which doesn't allow for a long-term review. However, it has already been dropped once from a short distance. The thing just slipped right off a cluttered coffee table (I'm a clumsy one). The pencils inside remained pristine. This would not have been possible in their previous home. The roll also fits nicely in my pencil bag (an old purse). 

I painted some folding cards with acrylic paint on avery textured card paper which came with envelopes.  It's thick paper, but quickly absorbs the paint. Could anyone recommend better paper for painting (that when folded fits in ready made envelopes)?

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