Artist tools & resources
Art does not have to be expensive. Be resourceful & creative with the products you use & the items you make.
Here are my favorite products I use when creating your art. Feel free to try them!
| BLICK & AMAZON are my go-to online shops |
Here are the basic products I use for Oil Painting.
ZenART’s Impressionist Palette | This is a wonderful palette to start with, and the price is great! You can mix your specific colors. Consider adding a Burnt Umber too!
Palette Knife (Amazon) | Set of five. Perfect for mixing colors. My preferred method of oil painting is with palette knife.
Oil Pastel painting
Here are my favorite products I use for Oil Pastel Painting.
Sennelier Oil Pastel (Blick) | Set of 24. These are fabulous & inspired by Picasso! >> select "See more" to view all sets
Sennelier Oil Pastels (Amazon) | Set of 24
Mungyo Gallery Soft Oil Pastels (Amazon) | Set of 48 - a slightly lower quality than Sennelier, but work similarly at a fraction of the cost
Sennelier D’artigny Oil Pastel Sprayfix (Amazon) | Use to keep your oil pastels from smearing; 2-3 light coats
Legion Lenox Drawing Pad (Blick) | 100% cotton, medium-texture fine art paper that is ideal for a variety of drawing and printing techniques. >> select "See more" to view more size options
Here are the basic products I use for Acrylic Pouring.
Plastic cups for mixing paint
Blick Student Acrylics | Purchase the specific colors you need, or mix them to get desired palette
Premier Cotton Canvas on Blick | Choose your size & depth (.5" – 1.5")
Here are my current favorite products I use for Alcohol Ink Painting.
Yupo Paper Watercolor Paper | Non-absorbent synthetic paper. Choose between 74lb and 144lb. The heavier weight allows more flexibility and play; 74lb is great for refining your style and practice.
- 9” x 12”, 144 lb, practise pad (Blick)
- 9” x 12”, 74lb practise pad (Blick)
- Blick Large Sheets & Roll (Blick)
*traditional watercolor paper absorbs most of your ink, causing you to use more & will eventually break down the paper
Alcohol Inks | Jacquard Pinata Colors ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) - a great starter collection, with a wide range of colors, at an excellent price point. These inks work great with the Yupo paper.
Copic Marker Refills ( Blick ) - offers a wide color selection. These are excellent for a "brush method".
70% Isopropyl Alcohol | This works great to spread and thin your alcohol inks - you do not need anything fancier or more expensive
Paint Brushes | Rounds are my favorite; use different sizes to achieve a variety of strokes
Krylon UV-Resistant Clear Gloss ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) | Second step to protecting your alcohol ink paintings. After Kamar Varnish has dried (dry time instructions), use a minimum of one coat UV-Resistant Clear Gloss to keep colors vibrant (they will fade with light, and with a resin coating if you do not apply UV protection).
Wood Panels ( Blick ) | You can mount your Yupo artwork (after dry & varnished) to the wood panels, or you can prime your panels and paint on them directly. I prefer the 1.5" depth. >> select "See more" to view all sizes
Abstract Acrylic/Mixed media
Here are the products I love. Play with them, mix them & have fun!
Premier Cotton Canvas on Blick | Choose your size & depth 1.5” deep. >> select "See more" to view all sizes
Here are my favorite products I use to hang my paintings.
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