Whats In Your Toolbox – Part One

by Sarah

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When you begin a creative practice or a creative business there are some tools that can be indispensable for making your life easier. Today I am going share a few tools to have on hand to get you started, no matter what direction your creativity takes.

  • A place to work: your creative space does not need to be large initially (although I am finding that I am outgrowing my own space and need to rethink how I work) just a space that you can make your own that you enjoy coming to and is filled with inspiring pieces of your life.
  • A sketchbook or notebook: whether you are writing, sketching, photographing or coming up with creative ideas you need somewhere to write down your thoughts and findings. I use primarily Moleskine notebooks but use what you have or find something that can become your sacred space to dream and ponder your creative life ahead.
  • Pens and Pencils: This is a big category for me as I have many different types of products I use for different purposes. For general writing, sketching and drawing I use Sharpie Pens and Faber Castell Pitt Pens. For sketching and drawing in pencil and writing I use Pentel Mechanical Pencils. For colored pencils, I began using Prismacolor Colored Pencils in college and have been using them ever since. They have a wonderful color range and blend really well to create additional colors. You can also by the pencils individually so if a favorite color runs low you do not have to replace a whole set.
  • Markers: I have used a good quality set of markers since I was in college. It seems there are a few investments that you will make that will stay with you throughout time. Prismacolor Markers are my marker of choice as they work really well with the Prismacolor pencils and the blending capabilities of both are excellent. As with the pencils, you can add individual colors without having to buy a set but if you can afford it, I would recommend a basic set of 72 which will have greys, some metallics and a complete line of basic colors. Watch for sales around the start of school in the fall as you can generally get a set for 50% off if you know when to look.
  • Paints: In the past few years, I have been experimenting with acrylic painting and have found that Golden Brand and Liquitex Brand are my favorite brands. With both paints you have the option for soft body, fluid body and heavy body. I primarily use heavy body and fluid body acrylics in my own work and love the fluid acrylics that Golden makes. Paints are expensive so I have built my collection slowly over time.

Next time, we will be talking about types of mediums to paint on, paintbrushes and cameras. What’s in your toolbox?

 

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