This week in what's in your toolbox, we will be spending some time talking about some different tools I use for painting.
From the beginning of my creative education I was always taught, as I think I have mentioned before, to purchase the best possible supplies that you can afford. For my painting supplies, I have already introduced you to the paints, so now we will spend a little time on mediums to work on, paint brushes and camera products I use to gather inspiration.
Mediums: use whatever you have available. There are many, many products out there so experiment. Sometimes I use watercolor paper for my acrylic work and marker work. I buy them in pads that are referred to blocks. They are expensive, so I always watch for sales and then buy in bulk to last me for awhile. I learned about this paper when I took a watercolor class many years ago. I also use Ampersand Gessoboard for my mixed media work. I like that it is primed and ready to go and that makes it all the more easy to sit down and begin. As far as size, traditionally I like to work small, so that I can feel a sense of accomplishment with my work. I have a tendency to not finish larger pieces, so this is a great way to begin. In addition to the Ampersand board, my friend Marisa introduced me to Art Boards. She does most of her illustration and mixed media work on these and chooses to create on the really small ones. I am beginning to use them in my work as well, so once I have a completed project, I will definitely share it with you.
Paint Brushes: again, I buy the best that I can afford and watch for sales. After having completed a class with Flora Bowley last spring, I now also add inexpensive foam brushes from Home Depot and inexpensive brushes from Ikea to the mix.
Cameras: I could spend a whole post discussing cameras and probably will as we move forward but for this purpose, I use a Canon Rebel T2i for all my digital camera work. I love this camera. It is an entry level professional camera that you can buy in a kit with a basic lens if you check around. I personally like to go to my local camera store as everyone is very knowledgeable and helpful. I am a touch and feel person and have a hard time buying directly online for some items. I have two basic lenses with the camera an EFS 18-135mm and a macro lens. In addition to my DSLR camera, I am an avid user of instagram and my iphone 5. If you follow my blog, then you know I am in the midst of a year and half long project, 100 Wednesdays, where I am selecting my 3 favorite instagram photos each week and sharing them on my site. Whenever I travel, I have my phone at the ready to capture inspiration as it strikes. Sometimes it is difficult and cumbersome to carry my big camera around so the iphone is a great quick substitute.
With all the items we have discussed, you are now armed and ready to begin creating. Next time, I will give you some great courses and retreats (including my own Create Explore Discover Art Retreat) to help you grow your skills in any area of interest for you. I will also share some things I have been working on to help you along the way.