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Step #399: Art Supplies

"About this spring of ancient fame say true,
The dapper elves their moonlight sports renew;
Their pigmy king and little fairy queen
In circling dances gamboll'd on the green,
With tuneful sprites a merry concert made,
And airy music warbled through the shade."
~ Alexander Pope

I like to get to know my art materials, play, experiment, explore, analyze. I want to know what to expect. What they can do. It's like getting familiar with a new car.

When I draw, I prefer a black PITT pen. I've tried a great number of pens/markers and they work for me. I just keep drawing lines. I know what to expect, what they will do, how to use them. I know that if the kids splash a few drops of water from the pool onto the page, the mandala or slow journaling will not be ruined. 

When I paint in my art journal, I want saturated color. I love the burst of vivid color I get from materials like Caran d'Ache Neocolor II Artists' Crayons and fluid acrylics. What art material do you use most frequently, and in the most ways?

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I would like them here or there! I would like them anywhere!!! Love this post! One of these days I'm going
to try some paint on paper!!! Not in my comfort zone, it is :D :D

04.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

I couldn't live without my PanPastels and Prismacolor pencils. Ohhhh . . . . and my watercolor pencils too. And for backgrounds - definitely Golden Acrylics and baby wipes create the dreamiest backgrounds. And if I want deeper color, I just keep adding layer after layer of that luscious Golden paint. LOVE your pics today, Tammy. Whenever I see art supplies and color, my heart "sings"!!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

04.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerri@PringleHill

My favorites are my Pigma Microns (.02 I believe) and my liquid watercolors. :) I wish I could find a super fine metallic pen (gold or silver) that resists watercolor paints like the Metallic Leafing pens do... That's my current "material" wish. :)

04.28.2010 | Unregistered Commenterchel

I think my number one "art supply" (well three, really) would have to be scissors, glue, and paper. Any kind of paper--- scrapbooking paper, gift wrap, vintage newspapers, take-out menus, dictionary, novel, you name it, there's probably some of it in my stash somewhere. (and I just have to say Thanks!! for adding all the links to your previous posts!! they are definitely great info and inspiration!)

04.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Hi there, I'm a new reader here, very much enjoying the inspiration. I used to draw constantly when I was younger, and I'd really like to go back to it. I'm finding all your information and ideas very helpful because I have no idea where to start, aside from my son's markers and crayons. I'd love to hear more about how to progress in skill and the creative process without formal training - I haven't enjoyed my experiences in art classes. How did you learn to use new materials? How to choose which to experiment with, from all the possibilities?
Okay, I'm off to read through your wonderful art journaling series!

04.28.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBookishIma

Wow, your pictures are .... yummy !! :o)
My favorites are Neocolor II, Derwent watercolor inktense pencils, and my hundreds of acrylic bottles (I meant it ! lol)

My local art store in the UK just started having Pitt pens and I really like them for my watercolour journal..they don't seem to bleed through like some others.

04.29.2010 | Unregistered Commentermwquilt

Oops! Posting again since I go so caught up in the rhyming of Green Eggs and Ham.....
My absolute favorite, can not do a thing without art supply IS......Faber-Castell Black XS !! Absolutely
lost without it!

04.29.2010 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Terri, I adore photos of art supplies, and I find neocolors photogenic! I've never tried watercolor pencils, always something to explore!

Chel, After PITT pens XS, the micron 005's are my favorites, especially in pink! Liquid watercolors are another art material I would like to try. I'm wondering what brand to look for?

Jennifer, Thank you for hopping around the linked posts and exploring! Any paper, from receipts to metro tickets to accounting paper to old text books. All luscious.

Ima, It's nice to meet you! An evening watercolor class after college years ago is the extent of my art coursework. I would start by reading Danny Gregory's Creative License. It might help get over the hurdle of where to start. I believe you can start anywhere and you will be fine. If you like to draw, you could get a small assortment of drawing instruments - colored pencils, micron pens, something like that - and just play until you get more comfy. I started with microns and a pad of Strathmore Drawing paper. Then draw. Draw when you are waiting for kids. Draw before dinner. Draw at a cafe. Give yourself challenges - like draw 10 boxes with different patterns in each box. Or draw 10 parallel lines. Or draw a funky monster. I draw a lot of patterns and that helps me improve pen control. How do I learn new art materials? I usually google the materials, read a few articles, and go buy the materials. Then I play. I experiment. What if I add water? What if I use a smaller brush? I just ask myself questions. And how do I decide what to do? Infinite choice freaks me out. But since it really and truly doesn't matter what you do next, just pick what you have time/space/energy/motivation/budget to do. Make a list and close your eyes and pick one. Then another. Please do stop back and let us all know what you are exploring!

Peggy, Thank you for stopping by. Neocolor II's are uniquely wonderful and vivid. I use them on most art journal pages. I've heard a lot of positives about the Inktense pencils, must put those on my list of things to try!

mwquilt, Hi there! I've never had a PITT pen bleed either when water coloring on top, coloring with brush pitt pens, etc. i hope you continue to enjoy them!

Eden, When you jump into the world of paint, I know you will love it... but I will be patient. Yes PITT pen XS are awesome. There's always one in my bag!

Cheers! Tammy

04.29.2010 | Registered Commentergypsy

oh, that first picture...!

05.3.2010 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

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