Here are a few of my favorite supplies and why I love them! All of these are my own opinions as to why they are my favorite!
1. Dr PH Martins Concentrated Watercolors
PH Martins watercolors are by far the best I have ever used. They are the most pigmented and concentrated watercolors. You only need one or two drops to get the desired amount. If the amount of pigment is too much, all you have to do is add water as with any watercolors! PH Martins watercolors run for about $7.50 at Blick and the fact that you only have to use a few drops makes these the most bang for your buck!
2. Dr PH Martins Bombay India Ink
I should just be sponsored by PH Martins honestly! I absolutely love these inks and I cannot lie! Again, these inks are super pigmented and a little goes a long way! For $3.49 each at Blick you can’t beat the price!
3. Winsor and Newton Gold and Silver Inks
While these inks are rather pricy, $11.49 for the gold ink and $10.49 for the silver ink, they are such beautiful inks that add an amazing touch to your paintings. They give an amazing glow to any paintings who need a little “extra.”
4. Masking Fluid
Masking fluid is liquid latex that smells absolutely horrible. Make sure to open your windows and doors because the warning label can give you quite a scare! “Exposure may cause brain damage and birth defects..” and all that good stuff. While masking fluid is a pain in the butt to use it really does help. Just paint it over places you want to keep un-painted, paint over it, and peel it off with your finger and there you have negative space!
5. Micron Pens
These are my favorite pens to do line drawings with! They write so smooth, don’t bleed through, and have many tip options! My personal favorites are the 03 and 01 tips. These pens run for $2.23 at Blick and are totally worth it!
6. Brushes Brushes Brushes
Boy this is a hard one. My first favorite Brushes were the Winsor and Newton University series which are definitely amazing brushes! Then I moved on to loving the W&N watercolor brushes that I again still love BUT my new favorite brushes are the Utrecht watercolor brushes simply for the fact that they are extremely similar to the W&N ones but a lot less expensive!
So please, share your favorites and ideas in the comments as I would love to hear them all!