Top 5 art supplies?
— Asked by fever-brain
Based purely on frequency of use:
- Stretched canvas.
- Acrylic paint.
- Scratchboard knife.
I didn’t specify any brands or whatever because those tend to be pretty irrelevant to me.
- Canvases I just get as cheaply as possible. I bought over 120 of all different sizes in a month-long coupon and sale-hunting dash between Michael’s, AC Moore, and Jerry’s Artarama in 2010 (for an average of like $2.30 per canvas). I still haven’t used all of them up! Occasionally, if the painting is an expensive commission or something, I will spring for a nicer gallery-wrapped canvas but usually, it’s immaterial and nobody cares. I never really use canvas panels because I just like the look and feel of stretched a lot more.
- I buy the cheapest acrylic paints I can find (usually at Michael’s with coupons).
- I buy cheap paintbrushes from where ever. I generally keep them in good shape, so even the really cheap ones I make last for years.
- I only have ever seen Ampersand brand scratchboards for sale in local stores, so that’s the only brand of those I ever buy (I once had to track down a super large one online for a commission but that too was only available from Ampersand).
- I still use the same normal scratchboard knife blades I got with some generic kit in like 2009.
Depending on the project, I might also say that I end up really needing a mechanical pencil, Photoshop, a computer, an inkjet printer, an OLFA touch knife, a cutting mat, Prismacolor colored pencils, and Faber Castell PITT Artist Pens (I only have two — a black brush tip and a black fine tip). But for the most part, those five things listed at the top are the most common and therefore (I guess) my favorites.
For paint palettes, I previously just used whatever I could find for cheap. Styrofoam or plastic plates, usually (some plastic ones could be easily wiped clean and reused). But I got a Mijello Fredi Weber Peel-off Palette earlier this year and that has proven to be excellent (the stock photo is a little misleading in terms of how easy it is to peel off the paint but it is really easy to clean off regardless so I’m all for it).
Sorry if you were hoping for some better insight or recommendations! But you’ve been following me for a bit, so you know by now that I am an idiot.