Tag Archives: art supplies

Oil Pastels and Books

Decades ago I tried oil pastels and couldn’t get anywhere with them. They are difficult to use and blend but they seem to have improved them lately. I am going to try and sketch with them on my other blog … Continue reading

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Toned Paper and Sketchbooks

Strathmore recently came out with a heavy 184 lb or 300gsm pad of Toned Tan Mixed Media paper with a vellum surface. I have a sketchbook of their lighter toned grey paper and have never used it as the paper … Continue reading

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Waiting for Toned Paper

I ordered and received some toned tan paper that I bought from Amazon in the States because no one in Canada seems to have it yet. When I received the paper it felt wonderful but had a peculiar chemical smell. … Continue reading

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Beefing Up Gouache Palette and Brushes

One of the fairly local art supply places has a big sale on so I added four more colours to my gouache palette. While fiddling around doing decorative initials and drop caps on my Manner and Material blog, I realized … Continue reading

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Daniel Smith Watercolour Sets

Daniel Smith has an enormous number of watercolours and some with special effects. Way too many for my budget, but I decided to make up a little palette of twelve colours from sets they offer. The paints come in tubes, … Continue reading

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New Botanical Drawing and Painting Books and Sketchbooks

Botanical Drawing using Graphite and Coloured Pencils by Sue Vize which has a lovely mix of graphite and coloured pencil, one of my favourite approaches to botanicals. The other one uses support boards for painting which is not something I’m … Continue reading

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Books on Owls and Colour Mixing Recipes

I placed an order at an art supply shop to beef up my collection of Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils. Although I have 60 colours, I was short on the warm and cool grey selections which are good for animal fur … Continue reading

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