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My Favorite Art Supplies



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Art Supplies:

Neocolor II Artists' Crayons - Caran d'Ache

I sometimes will put down scribbles on my first layers and then later scratch into the surface to reveal the crayons. Love that!

These are water-soluble. If you prefer a more permanent mark, try Neocolor I.

Neocolor I Wax Pastels – Caran d’Ache

These are not water-soluble, so they're great on the final layer (or any layer!).

Stabilo Woody

Great to use for mark making--either wet or dry!

Faber-Castell Soft Pastels

These are great when you're just starting out and you're not sure if you want to use pastels long-term. I've enjoyed using them in my art.

Derwent Inktense Pencils

Love these vibrant colors! These are water-soluble.

General's Charcoal Pencil

Love these charcoal pencils for mark making. Add some matte medium over them or a fixative spray to preserve the lines.

Lyra Graphite Crayon - 6B

Try dipping the graphite pencil in water and then making marks. It's drippy and sloppy and I LOVE that about it!

Stabilo All Colored Marking Pencils

Love me a stabilo pencil! Very similar to charcoal. I have only used the black one but would love to try all the colors.

Sharpie Peel-Off China Marker

There are many China markers out there, but the cheaper ones break. I love black, white and yellow most. They are NOT water-soluble.

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Set

I have this set that offers so many colors that I can divide up the set to have them in two painting stations (standing up and sitting).

Richeson Plastic Painting Knives

Perfect for scooping up, mixing, and adding paint to your artwork.


Royal Langnickel Aqualon Taklon Brush Set - Filbert/Wash, Set of 7

This is a good set with a variety of sizes for working smaller. This is just one of many to choose from. Try out different ones to see which ones you like best.

Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board Pads

The reason I love Bristol paper is that it is sooooo smooth! I add a layer of gesso before I start. My favorite sizes are 9x12, 11x14, and 17x14. And I prefer the smooth ones (not vellum).

Strathmore 400 Series Mixed Media Pads

Another favorite when working on paper. I like to use 24x18 mostly.

Blick Premier Cotton Canvas

I personally like the “splined” ones better than the staple-back (it just looks neat and clean). I also prefer the 1.5” deep canvases.

Liquitex Slow-Dri Blending Fluid

Perfect to extend the drying time of your paints. I personally prefer my paint to dry quickly, but I get a lot of requests, so I’m including it here.

Liquitex Acrylic Gessos

I have used Liquitex Gesso for years and only recently started using Nova Color Gesso. Love the consistency of both brands.

Liquitex Acrylic Polymer Varnishes

I love to use the matte, satin, and gloss varnishes by Liquitex. I’ve been using them for years and they go on perfectly every time.

Krylon Workable Matte Fixatif

By far, one of my favorite fixative sprays to secure my mark-making before using Liquitex varnish.

Ranger Heat It Craft Tool

I've had mine for more than 8 years and it still works great! Perfect for drying layers and doesn't blow away your small pieces on paper!

Extra Long Rigger Brush 

Love using this to make small/thinner lines and circles.


These are heavyweight and great quality canvas.


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Acrylic Paints/Gesso:

Nova Color Paints

I LOVE Nova Color paints for a variety of reasons: 1) excellent pigmentation (color); 2) consistency (fluid paint); 3) price (so affordable).  I also love their gesso.

You can request a color chart, which shows the actual color, by emailing them. It’s free.


Non-Painting Products:

D-Ring Hangers

Great for all canvas sizes.

Hangman Heavy and Lite Duty Hangers

I prefer to use this French cleat hanging system for my really large canvases (60x60 and up).

Ook Framer's Pro Wire

This wire is coated in plastic which makes it easier to handle.

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