Art Supply Recommendations
I get asked almost every day about the products I use for my tutorials or videos and the resources I recommend for aspiring and novice artists. That’s why I believe this page will be helpful to those of you looking to quickly find solutions that you can trust. These products are all things I have tried and use myself.
I do get a small commission from some of the products you see here at no extra cost you. I only link to products I personally use and support and if you do purchase through me, you have my sincere and heartfelt thanks! Hope you enjoy these products as much as I do:
Arteza Watercolor Paper
If there is one major discovery I made in the process of making acrylic art, it’s using watercolor paper to elevate my painting process. Watercolor paper, especially from Arteza, can withstand a lot that the typical paintbrush can bring to the table – AND, your paper will not buckle or disintegrate with every paint layer. Plus, using watercolor paper is a much cheaper (and space saving) alternative to canvas. Click here.
Simply Simmons Brushes
These brushes are great for both beginner and novice artists! Not only do these brushes have amazing longevity but they also effectively store a lot of paint within the bristles and can take a beating against many types of surfaces! My personal faves include 3/4″ flat wash, #10 Shader, #10 filbert, #8 round, and #0 Detail Round. Click here.
Liquitex Heavy Body Professional Paint
When it comes to commission or gallery-worthy paints, I always reach for the Liquitex Heavy Body professional grade paints. Each paint tube is of high quality, with deep pigmented colors, buttery-smooth texture great for blending and mixing, good drying time, and ASTM I permanence standard. Click here.
Liquitex BASICS paint
We all have to start somewhere, and these Liquitex BASICS paint are great tools for those beginner artists! I personally loved using the BASICS paints when I was first experimenting/playing around with my acrylics and best of all, I wasn’t breaking my budget doing so! These paints are student-grade with high pigments and ASTM I permanence. Click here.
One of the things I look forward to the least when painting is the clean-up, especially the palette, and this disposable palette paper sheet pad helps give me a wide surface to mix and blend my acrylics. And once I am done painting, I can rip out one sheet and throw it away (or hang it up). Click here.
If there is one thing I rely on the most with my brushes, it’s the details, details, details! I have learned over the years that a good reliable detail brush can make or break the final outcome of a painting, and these brushes are my absolute favorites to use! Click here.
I love creating my pop art illustrations, and I do have a special spot in my heart for my needle drawing pens! When I don’t have the time or patience to work on minor details with acrylics, I love using these illustration pens to create clean, crisp line work! Click here.
Pencil, Charcoal & Eraser Set
Whether I am busy sketching in a notebook, transferring a drawing onto a canvas with charcoal, or erasing some doodles with my kneaded eraser, this pencil set is my life blood! It has a wide variety of pencils, charcoal pencils, and -my personal favorite- a kneaded eraser for clean lines! Click here.
Arteza Mixed Media Paper
I immediately fell in love with Arteza’s mixed media paper supply, and I love using them for my videos and artwork. Each set comes with two 11″x14″ pads, sturdy, thick, acid-free, and contain 60 sheets each pad. It’s a great alternative to using canvas and for practicing with many types of medium. Click here.
Windsor Newton Stain Varnish Spray
Our paintings are our beautiful babies, and we want them to last us many many years to come. They need extra protection from dust and yellowing once all work is done. I usually like using varnish sprays because they are much more gentle on multi-textured surfaces like newspaper paper mache backgrounds. Click here.
You can never go wrong with a good canvas, especially with this professional-grade Winsor-Newton canvas. Primed with a highly pigmented acrylic gesso, the acid-free, archival canvas responds beautifully to every brushstroke. Balanced absorbency and tooth provide improved adhesion and uncompromised color vitality. Click here.
Liquitex Professional Gesso
Gesso is a great medium to use when you need to reuse old canvas, clean up large areas, or provide protection and optimal settings for your painting surface. Plus, using gesso gives your painting surface the best coverage to help your paint colors sit on the surface and not disappear. Click here.
Whether I need to easily transfer my art from sketches from paper to canvas or test out several inking styles, I always like turning to my tracing paper to help get the job done right! Click here.