Here I'm sharing a few of my favorite art supplies and tools (favorite colors and all!)

I have included links so you can order directly from amazon.com: whenever possible, these are the exact products and brands that I use (tried and tested!) or the closest replacement I could find available outside of France.

Happy shopping!

 

NB: I really encourage you to go on a scavenger hunt in your home (kitchen, basement, office, gardening shed...) and collect any tools and materials that you can (safely!) experiment with. It's the beauty of mixed media and it is exactly how it all started for me, and how I came up with some of my favorite techniques (... oh that white-out pen!)

 

 

setting up your space

  • A palette (or a white plate etc.): I personally like to have a big glass palette on my table + a whole lot of small transparent plastic lids (as some of you have guessed, yes, mine are from... Pringles cans!). I also recently found these awesome mini Petri dishes below, which have a lid to prevent paint from drying.

  • Small Heat Gun: to speed up drying and for encaustic.

  • Water

  • Spray bottle: I prefer a small, colorful one so it's easy to find in the chaos of my art table!

  • Rags

  • A good pair of scissors

  • Something to protect your surface (old towel, table-cloth, plastic bag...)

  • Something to protect your clothes (apron, old shirt...)

 

Table glass palette

Mini transparent palettes

Spray bottle

Scissors

Small Heat Gun

My favorite easel!

Apron


 

Basic painting supplies & tools

  • White gesso

  • Matte acrylic gel medium: for collage and my "encaustic effect" technique. My favorite is the "Binder" by Lefranc-Bourgeois which I find easily in France. Golden and Liquitex are great options too.

  • Gloss acrylic gel medium: I mix it with the matte one to create a soft, satin finish

Painting tools

  • Your fingers!

  • Your choice of paintbrushes (one or two can be enough, we will be using our fingers a lot!)

  • An old plastic card (credit card, key card...) and/or palette knives

 

White Gesso

Soft Matte Gel by Golden

Matte Gel Medium by Liquitex

Flat Paintbrushes

Plastic Palette Knives

Large flat brushes

Mini Brayer

My favorite giant flat brush!

Giant round brush


 

Substrates

  • Gallery-wrapped stretched canvases

  • Wood panels: primed or unprimed, cradled or not... (NB: wood & MDF left-overs from your DIY store are a great, inexpensive option!)

  • Heavy (300gsm) watercolor paper

  • Card-stock, cardboard, cereal boxes, old mailers...

 

Gallery-wrapped stretched canvases

Unprimed Wood panels

Primed Cradled Artist Panels

Heavy Watercolor Paper


Acrylic paints

 

Basic Neutrals

Titanium White

Golden Fluid Raw Umber

Buff Titanium

Neutral Grey

 

A few favorite soft colors

Turquoise Green

Light Sky Blue

Naples Yellow

Naples Yellow Red

Portrait Pink

Persian Rose

 

A few favorite intense colors

Sap Green

Paynes Gray

Green Gold

Quin. Magenta

Nickel Azo Gold

Yellow Ochre


 

All about Inks!

 

Black & Permanent

 

Black India Ink

Stazon Ink Pad

 

Acrylic inks

Titanium White

Raw Umber

Turquoise

Quinacridone Magenta

Olive Green

Paynes Gray

 

Alcohol inks

Lakeshore set

Assorted browns

Wildflowers set

Lettuce

Butterscotch

Pebble

 

Distress Ink Pads

For color accents and shading portraits

Walnut Stain

Antique Linen

Tattered Rose

Weathered Wood

Tea Dye

Pumice Stone

 

Pitt artist brush-tip pens

These are wonderful India ink pens, great for all kinds of finishing touches!

Cobalt Green

Earth Green

Sepia

Light Flesh

Cinnamon

Green Gold


 

Pastels & oil sticks

Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Crayons

Soft Pastels

Sennelier Oil Pastels

Shiva oil sticks


 

Drawing & Journaling

Pencils:

  • Regular HB to 4B pencils

  • Stabilo All Black Water-soluble pencil (seriously awesome, SO black!)

  • Stabilo All White Water-soluble pencil (also nice though much less pigmented)

  • Graphite Water-soluble Pencil

Pens:

  • Black, fine-tip permanent pen: pigment pen or india ink pen like Pitt Artist pens, or fine-tip Sharpie. Regular ball-point pens are a nice option too!

  • White fine tip pen like Posca pen or Liquitex acrylic pen

  • Fine-tip correction pen ("white-out")


Graphite Pencils

Stabilo All Black Pencil

Charcoal

Lyra Water-soluble Graphite Pencil

 

Black Pitt Artist Pens

Black and White Posca set

White Posca Pen (Fine)

Black Posca Pen (Fine)

White Correction Pen


 

Stamping & mark-making

I love to have a variety of materials around to stamp and make marks with. Look around you and use your imagination!

Some of my favorites are:

  • bubble-wrap

  • shelf-liner

  • plastic mesh

  • textured wallpaper

  • doilies

  • corrugated cardboard

  • wood skewers and coffee stirrers

  • feathers

  • plastic cards & business cards

  • Catalyst tools

  • brayers

  • scrapbooking and homemade stamps and stencils

  • Gelli plate


Gelli Plate

Mini Brayer

Shelf Liner

Catalyst Painting tools

 

A few stencils & stamps (choose basic designs you'll never get tired of)


 

collage & transfers

  • Old magazines with images that you love (libraries will often happily give away outdated issues)

  • A variety of papers in neutral tones: tissue paper, packing paper, bookpages (preferably from a book that inspires you), sheet music, dried, empty tea bags, sewing pattern paper...

  • Vintage photos, postcards and greeting cards

  • Some pieces of fiber: old clothes, cheesecloth, ribbon, lace...*

Ask around to friends and family!

 

Flat Brush

Matte Gel Medium

Pottery sponges (my secret weapon for easy image transfers!)


 

For encaustic

Please visit the "Encaustic Set-Up" page: