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