I’ve been asked questions from where I get supplies to what instructional DVDs I would suggest. Here are some helpful links, hope you will find them useful. This blog will be only on painting supplies. I will cover my favorite instructional DVDs in a separate post.
Art Supplies - General
- I started using their Maroger medium per Sherrie McGraw’s and David Leffel’s videos several years ago. Have not tried any other ones from this site.
- brushes. Especially their Master series long flats. Made a whole lot of difference.
- hog bristle brushes, I believe long and extra-long filberts, but it’s been a while. Can never have too many brushes.
Art Supplies - Canvas, Canvas Panels and Boards
I usually buy Claessens double oil primed linen roll, and cut/stretch as needed. Style 13. Both www.dickblick.com and www.jerrysartarama.com carry it. Even if you are a student – spend the money and get quality linen. Quality linen, quality oil paints, quality brushes – they all make a lot of difference.
For boards, I love New Traditions gatofoam art panels with C13 linen. It’s basically that same Claessens linen as on a roll, but it’s very convenient to have it already on the panel, no stretching needed. http://www.newtraditionsartpanels.com/store/products.php?cid=15 . Very easy to travel with. I like these panels for smaller works.
Inner Glow panels at http://www.billewing.com/innerglow-paint-panels/ have an added bonus of having both sides ready for painting. They are primed with a polymer primer on both sides, and it’s a very different feel to the surface than that of a canvas. I am using them more now and I like them a lot.
- Rett Ashby frames.
· I know, this has nothing to do with Art Supplies, why is it on this blog? But it’s important to be able to build – and personally manage – your site. Without knowing anything about coding. I recently built my new site using www.squarespace.com, and it was very easy to navigate, had great Customer Service, and took surprisingly little time to do. It’s the only one I used so there may be other good ones. Many artists don’t want to deal with it or are scared of the thought of “technical” web building. This site will make things easy.