Lately, I’ve been sticking to some of my favorite art supplies, but expanding my color palette.
I’ve found I return again and again to shiva oil paint sticks, heavy body acrylics, water-soluble oil pastels by Portfolio, lokta papers and inks.
I have a routine I am comfortable with whenever I create any painting… I grab my favorite art supplies and play until I cover up the white space. Then I add my character. And these days I always seem to cut out the character from the background using oil sticks or acrylic paints. But first, I add lots and lots of layers.
Here are some of my newest favorite art supplies and colors to create luscious layers…
From: Top to Bottom, Left to right)…
1. Neocolor II Artists’ Crayons: This is the first time I purchased neocolors. Everyone had always recommended them, but I was hesitant given the price. But when I saw you can pick up just a few favorite colors individually, I decided to give them a try. I use my Portfolio brand water-soluble oil pastels very differently since they are super creamy and smear easily. I use the Neocolors more for small areas that I want to highlight or when I feel like scribbling. I have the violet, turquoise and orange.
2. Origami papers. When I started my whimsical character paintings one of the fancy-seeming papers I got find locally (that wasn’t crazy expensive) were packs of origami papers. I recently picked them up again and they’ve brought a whole new life and inspiration to my recent paintings. I especially love the papers with metallic designs.
3. Sharpie Pens: I’ve long used the Sharpie water-based paint pens (I always come back to hot pink and white for my faces), but I am adoring the florescent blue, silver and red for accents and embellishments. I had intended to order the florescent red, but got the traditional red instead and it was such a happy accident. Especialy when used with the florescent blue, the colors just pop!
4. Acrylic inks: While I love liqutex brand, I am in love with a few new colors I’ve tried from Daler Rowney (floresent red, sepia and genesis green). I’m finding I love to use the sepia around the edges of a painting to get the look of tea stained paper.
5. Chalk Pastels: These are another supply I used when I first started my whimsical paintings and I happened to have huge boxes of them still in my supply closet, so when I was looking to sketch again, they were perfect. I initially used them for shading my faces, but now I am loving them for drawing and scribbling all over on my paintings on paper to get an extra pop of color and a drawn-look.
6. Calligraphy Ink: I’d been using black india ink for my black outlines, but lately I’ve been using paynes gray calligraphy ink instead for a softer look. I love covering my backgrounds with the ink too whenever I want a dark-look, then wipe some away or scratch into it to add detail and variation.
What are some of your favorite art supplies? I’ll look for your suggestions in the comments.
Ps. If you’re interested in learning more about how I use all of my art supplies, feel free to watch a few videos for my online classes here.