My Top 6 Favourite Art Materials

This week I have been playing around with lots of different materials and ideas so I decided to share my top 6 favourites here.

Colouring Pencils

I have recently rediscovered my love for colouring pencils, courtesy of a wonderful set gifted to me by my brother. This set is absolutely gorgeous and much higher quality than the pencils I have used before.

Watercolours

My much-loved but very messy watercolours are a staple and if I ever want to add colour this is the first thing I grab for. I religiously use Winsor & Newton, I have found they have the best pigment and consistency and they haven’t let me down yet.

Ceramic Casting

Something new I have been playing around with these past few weeks is ceramic casting. I have been producing etching plates which I then cast in Plaster of Paris. Still experimenting with the process but it’s looking very exciting so far.

Ink & Bleach

Ink and Bleach is a process I absolutely love, I use Parker Quink with standard household bleach which lifts the ink away (sort of like those odd double ended pens you had in school). You can see some examples of this process here.

Collage

Collage is my go to for idea generation and making compositions, I try to avoid using it too much with found imagery only using non-copyrighted imagery from the British Library Archive.

Digital Colouring

Digital colouring is still fairly new to me, I have been testing ideas using already drawing imagery and colouring it using Photoshop (very basic I know, technology is not my strong point). I am very lucky to have my boyfriends old Wacom to mess round with, but I definitely rate these tablets, unbelievably easy to use and stay calibrated.

I have listed my favourite brands but these are based on what I have used, I definitely haven’t used all the different brands available. If you have any suggestions please let me know in the comments!

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1 thought on “My Top 6 Favourite Art Materials”

  1. I have never heard of that brand of colored pencils, Jasmine. The best brand I have ever used is Prismacolor, and they are the most expensive of the ones I can find in town. Years ago I ordered a huge set that came in a 3-tiered box, courtesy of my dad’s generosity at the time, and my kids and I used them for years. I am just more drawn to watercolors. I also love Winsor & Newton. Have you ever tried Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors? They are in tubes which I prefer, and a little more pricey, but I really love them. I only have a few colors at the moment though. Lately, I have been using my Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.
    Your different art endeavors sound interesting! Have fun! 🙂

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