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some of my favourite art supplies (and where to buy them)

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cotman watercolour paint set


i love embroidery scissors because they’re super sharp and easy to use. the ones i use at the moment are from ebay. i also recently bought some tailoring scissors (here) which are great because they’re nice and weighty and cut well. i know a lot of collage artists use x-acto knives, but i tend not to unless i’m working on something super fiddly.

uhu stic glue

i buy in a shop if i see it on offer, otherwise amazon, cass art or ebay. i’ve tried many other glues in my time, but uhu is always the one i return to.

vintage magazines for collagevintage magazines

ebay, charity shops, car boot sales (also, if you’re lucky, friends and relatives). vintage magazines are fantastic for collaging, but i have a hard time finding them locally. maybe i’m just not looking in the right places. ebay is my saviour, but watch out, some people way over-charge!

i prefer vintage for the general aesthetic (and the lovely, worn colour and print) but modern magazines can have some really nice usable bits too. my main issue is that the paper is often glossy or silky, which i am not a fan of. if nothing else, magazines can be a great source of inspiration!

cotman watercolours

(i use the 45 half pan set) – cowling & wilcox, artifolk, cass art

i’ve had these for quite a few years now, and they last ages! the colour is of good quality and mixes well. i particularly love the blues and reds. i do use cheapo watercolours from time to time too, but these are the ones i use the most.

kuretake gansai tambi

(i got the 36 colour set for my birthday!) – amazon, jacksons art, ebay

the shine on these in the palettes is quite something! they’re kind of a mix between watercolour and gouache. they have a fantastic creamy consistency and blend well. i’ve only had these a week, but they’re becoming a favourite already.

black and green winsor and newton inkswinsor & newton inks

london graphic center, art suppliesamazon

inks aren’t something i use a lot, but every now and then i go back to them to draw with or to do washes for textures in my collages. i have some wonderfully vibrant pebeo ones too.

staedtler and stabilo pens
pullingers, cult pens, ryman

these are quite a regular! they’re useful for note taking, doodling/ideas, details and other things. a good little all rounder that’s nice to have and easy and cheap to replace if they get lost.

caran d’ache neocolor 2 crayons

artifolkpullingers, art discount

i only got these last week and i’ve not had much of a chance to use them yet, but i bought them because a few people recommended them. from my use so far, the drawing/writing texture and feel is very nice, and they stay nice and vibrant when colour is applied.

art supplies - inks and paints

sunday spark // 12

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string on pavement
// a guide to colouring with curves from the super talented kitty gallannaugh. curves are great, because you don’t need to have photoshop to use them, many free and cheap photo editing programs have curves editing available, and even some android and iphone apps too.

// some stunning finger painting from zaria forman. you would never guess that they were finger paintings, would you? maybe it’s time to dab my fingers in some paint…

// i love these super cute molly t bar shoes. i want!

// amazing, colourful, expressive textural paintings from jaeyeol han. stunned doesn’t even begin to cover how i feel when i look at these. they’d be even better in real life.

// one of my favourite colour selection tools. love the ease and design.

sunday spark // 11

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// aren’t these vintage textiles transformed into flora & fauna amazing? so clever and striking. i particularly love the bird against the blue background.

// here are 10 tips for staying sane as an artist from charlotte thomson morley. definitely something for creatives to read! it’s pretty much common sense, but sometimes these things are hard, and you need reminding/motivation.

// woah, aren’t these abstract paintings using epoxy polymer quite something? i love the colours and the patterns that are made.

// i’ve never been abroad, but with this list of 18 places to visit in the uk i can definitely do a little bit of UK travelling! there are so many amazing places in the uk, and i think a lot of it is so under-rated.

// millionaire by kelis – basically i just love this song, and you should listen to it now.