My Art Supplies Wishlist

I'm currently in the beginning stages of developing a new series, and a lot of ideas are flowing - especially ideas regarding new techniques. As an artist, new techniques often mean new supplies! I've been doing some research, and I've compiled a small list of supplies I want to test out in my next series. Let's go window shopping!

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Liquitex Acrylic Ink

I've had my eye on these paints for quite some time, and I really want to try these out in my next series. These inks are essentially liquid acrylic paint that behave like watercolors and dry like acrylics. That means you can get lovely bleeds and flow when they're wet, but they become permanent once dry. Moreover, these inks were specifically developed to be lightfast and archival, so they won't fade like watercolors can. The way these inks dry lend themselves to some really interesting layering techniques that play off of opacity. And with the projects I'm going to be tackling in the very near future, I'd love to use these to create delicate, flowing backgrounds that support subsequent layers through color and texture.


Princeton Catalyst Wedge

I spotted these artist wedges a few months ago while perusing my local art store, and I've wanted to test one out ever since. They're essentially a bench scraper made for artists! They can be used to mix up a lot of paint or to apply and scrape paint on a canvas. Some have flat edges while others have shapes cut out that leave behind a 3D patterned effect. I've used a palette knife to scrape into wet paint before, and I'd love to pair that effect with an additive method of painting. These tools are also flexible, allowing artists to create a whole new set of marks. I'm definitely grabbing a wedge to experiment with in my next painting!


Fiber Paste

It's no secret that I love additives and mediums, and I already have my eye on another one: Golden Fiber Paste. This paste is described as an opaque, fibrous medium that creates a rough and flexible surface. It can also be tinted with acrylic paints to add color across textured areas. I've looked at samples of it in my local art shop, and it looks like so much fun to work with! I would love to test out graphite, charcoal, and Inktense pencils on top of this ground. I think the rough, uneven texture could add a lot of interest to some more detailed drawings over top.


Wood Panel

While there are seemingly a million surfaces for artists to paint on, I've been pretty limited in what I've worked with. And, as of right now, my favorite surface to paint on is canvas. I really enjoy the bounce and texture that comes with it. However, I don't think canvas is going to work for my new series. After a little bit of research, I want to give wood panels a go. I love the look of them -especially the sharp, clean edges - and I think the rigid surface will work better with what I plan on creating next. Wood panels also work exceptionally well for mounting watercolor paper, and I really want to give that a test drive.

 

I hope you had fun taking a peek at my wishlist! As soon as I get a chance to review how everything worked, I'll be sure to share. Until then, let me know what's on your list through my contact form. I'd love to know what you're dreaming up in your studio!


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