My Favorite Things
I am often asked about the items I use the most in my art studio. So ... here are a few!
I have tried a few different acrylic paints and have found that the less expensive options are great for experimenting with, but if you want a quality product that allows you to blend your colors well, you want a slow drying option. I love Golden Open paints - they are slow drying, and a little bit goes a long way. You will find that you don't go through your supply nearly as quickly as the cheaper "store brand" options.
I used to use traditional paint palettes, the type with a hole in your thumb that allowed you to hold the palette while standing at your easel. Then I discovered these great trays - they hold much more paint, and with my work table right next to my easel, I really don't need to hold my paint while working!
Want to make cleanup even simpler? Use this palette paper on top of the paint trays! Cleanup is a breeze (aka, no cleanup at all!). While your project is a work in process, cover your tray of paint with plastic wrap. When your project is finished, toss the entire thing - your tray stays relatively clean and there is no need for cleanup!
I like having at least two spray bottles on my work table - one that sprays in a mist, for use mainly on the canvas as I am working, and one that sprays in a stream, for use mainly on my palette when I want to water down just one specific color and need some control over where the water is spraying. I like having different colored bottles so that I know which is which! These bottles from Amazon work great and were very inexpensive.
I clean my brushes after every painting session. When I find a brush I love, the last thing I want to do is have it become ruined by lack of care. This brush soap is very easy to use and lasts a good long time. Simply wet your brush, swoosh it around in the soap dispenser, and rinse. Easy peezy!
As a side note, I also reuse paper towels used when cleaning brushes. We go through a lot of paper towels as artists, don't we? I use them once to dry my brushes, tools, and hands, then put them in a stack next to my work table for use during the next painting session, when I use them to wipe my brushes and tools as I work.
Speaking of cleaning, how do you clean your palette knives? I like to keep my tools looking like new so that I feel good when I use them on a new piece of art - it is so easy to clean metal tools with these blue scrubby pads. Under $3 on Amazon, and they work great! A bit of water and a wipe or two, and your tools are as good as new!
These are just a few of my favorite things. I hope you found them helpful, and I will share some more next time!
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