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!
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Oils

Oil Painting

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!

  • Linseed Oil | Add desired amount to your oil paint to create your perfect texture - I prefer creamy. ( Blick ) | ( Amazon )

  • Palette Knife (Amazon) | Set of five. Perfect for mixing colors. My preferred method of oil painting is with palette knife.

  • Gamblin Gamvar Varnish | Oil paintings can take years to dry. Gamvar protects your oil painting, while allowing air in. so your painting does not crack. ( Blick ) | ( Amazon )


Oil Pastel painting

Oil Pastel Painting

Here are my favorite products I use for Oil Pastel Painting.


Acrylic Pouring

Acrylic Pouring

Here are the basic products I use for Acrylic Pouring.

Alcohol inks

Alcohol Ink Painting

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

  • Pipettes ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) | Use with the Isopropyl Alcohol to spread with your ink, or use individually to pull color from your Paint Palette ( Blick ) | ( Amazon )

  • Paint Brushes | Rounds are my favorite; use different sizes to achieve a variety of strokes

  • Krylon Kamar Varnish ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) | First step to protecting your alcohol ink paintings, once dry. Use a minimum of two coats (dry time between).

  • 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

  • Golden Soft Gel ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) | Used to mount Yupo artwork to your wood panels

  • ArtResin ( Blick ) | ( Amazon ) | Seal your mounted artwork, with this non-toxic alternative. Starter kit.


Abstract Acrylic/Mixed media

Proverbs 31 Woman

Here are the products I love. Play with them, mix them & have fun!


Hanging hardware

Here are my favorite products I use to hang my paintings.

 

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