People often ask me what art materials I use and why I use them.  Here are a few of my favourites.  You can buy all these products from Amazon and  links to purchase can be found at the bottom of this page.

There is no doubt that using good quality materials can improve your art work immensely.  Always buy the best quality you can possibly afford.  The most important product is your paper or canvas.  If you have to cut back on spending, then do not cut back on these two products, they are so important.

Watercolour paper

For watercolour painters, the papers I recommend will always be 100% cotton.  There are many brands on the market, the one I favour is Saunders Waterford.  This comes in smooth (hot Press),  NOT (cold Press), and rough.  For everyday work and for practicing, I recommend the 300gsm 'NOT' paper.  Never be tempted to use cheap paper.  You will be disappointed with the results. It is cheaper to purchase paper in loose sheets than in pads or blocks.

Watercolour paints

Buy professional quality paints if you can afford them.  If not, then go for the best quality student brands.

I can recommend the Daniel Smith professional watercolours and also the Royal Talens Rembrandt professional brand.  The best of the student quality are, in my opinion, the Royal Talens Van Gough range.

Soft pastels and pastel pencils

There are many different brands in the shops, it's difficult to know what to choose.  Here are the brands I always use.  I have chosen them for their lightfast quality and richness of colour.

Soft Pastels - Unison

Semi-hard pastels - Rembrandt

Hard pastels - Faber Castell Polychromos pastel sticks

Pastel pencils - Carbothello and Caran d'Ache

Pastel paper

Clairefontaine Pastelmat or Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' sanded paper

You will find links to all these products at the bottom of this page

Watercolour paper

10 sheets of Saunders Waterford 300 gsm

1/4 imperial 'NOT'

Professional quality watercolour paints

Daniel Smith starter set of watercolours

Professional quality watercolours

Royal Talens Rembrandt range of watercolour paints

Student quality watercolours

Royal Talens Van Gough range of watercolour paints

Soft Pastels

Range of Unison pastels in sets and single sticks.

Semi-hard pastels

Rembrandt pastels in sets and single sticks

Hard pastels

Tin of 36 Faber Castell Polychromos hard pastel sticks

Semi-hard pastel pencils

Sets of Stabilo Carbothello pastel pencils

Soft pastel pencils

Caran d'Ache pastel pencil sets

All purpose pastel paper

Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper in pads and single sheets

Sanded pastel paper

Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' sanded paper