There is something about a wood base, for me, that I LOVE. I like using bright colors on a wood base with the option of waxing the surface using either a clear or tined wax. I also enjoy working on a hard surface when doing mixed media, especially if I am going to be troweling or the like…
Paints and mediums:
Being a Mixed media artist I find myself often playing with MANY different brands of paint…Golden, IMO is top of the line in acrylics and my favorite. I love their colors, consistency, variety of mediums and the EASY to read descriptions on the back of every product. I use soft gel medium for the majority of my collaging. Mod Podge is another product I use for collaging and is a more cost efficient alternative.
Golden heavy bodied acrylics http://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-heavy-body-artist-acrylics/
Golden acrylic soft gel mediums http://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-acrylic-mediums/
Mod Podge http://www.dickblick.com/products/mod-podge-rocks/
Golden fluid acrylics http://www.dickblick.com/products/golden-fluid-acrylics/
Colored pencils is where my passion for drawing really exploded. Way back when…when I was a nanny the wonderful people I worked for got me a set of Prismacolors..LOVE This gift began my waxy exploration of vividness… I love pressing hard with these babies and blending them together creating an almost painted look. I also think they add great texture when working on top of markers or matte paint.
Prismacolor pencils http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-colored-pencil-sets/
Prismacolor premier Mixed Media set http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-mixed-media-set/
Markers and Pens:
￼Before my introduction to Prismacolors markers and pens were the way 🙂 I started out using sharpies. I quickly realized the difference between Crayola and Sharpie… Keeping a wet edge meant solid vivid color. Once I was introduced to Prismacolor I was lead to Prismacolor markers and the like…When I’m wanting to have more instant gratification, giggle, I go for the markers. I can make some really awesome pieces mixing markers, colored pencil and pastels. But…know that markers colors fade easily when exposed to sunlight so if you are making a Mona Lisa opt for more pigment based products or make sure your piece is not exposed to much sunlight.
Prismacolor Premier double ended brush tip marker sets http://www.dickblick.com/products/prismacolor-premier-double-ended-brush-tip-marker-sets/
Chartpak Ad markers http://www.dickblick.com/products/chartpak-ad-markers/
Copic Original Markers http://www.dickblick.com/products/copic-original-markers/
Micron Pen sets http://www.dickblick.com/products/sakura-pigma-micron-zentangle-sets/
It’s all about the right tools when it comes to brushes..that is all! These are some brushes that I really like 🙂
Blick Studio synthetic brights http://www.dickblick.com/products/blick-studio-synthetic-bright/
Royal Langnickel Zen Brights http://www.dickblick.com/products/royal-langnickel-zen-bright/
Princeton Catalyst Polytip Bristle Liner http://www.dickblick.com/products/princeton-catalyst-polytip-bristle-liner/
Liqutex Freestyle Flat http://www.dickblick.com/products/liquitex-freestyle-flat/
Drawing pads and Decorative Papers:
There are all sorts of decorative papers and such out there. When it comes to Mixed Media work I like to have Bristol board paper available. Whether
I’m drawing with markers, colored pencils, pastels or paints, Bristol board is usually my go to paper. I also love to use it for collaging, such as if I’m painting a solid color on paper and cutting it into shapes for collage. I also use a lot of scrapbook papers and LOVE handmade, and hand printed decorative papers.
Strathmore 300 series Bristol Board pads http://www.dickblick.com/products/strathmore-300-series-bristol-board-
Decorative paper assortments http://www.dickblick.com/products/decorative-paper-assortments/
Yasutomo Yuzen Origami Papers http://www.dickblick.com/products/yasutomo-yuzen-origami-papers/
Lokta Papers http://www.dickblick.com/products/lokta-papers/
Inks and Gouaches:
Bright, solid, vivid colors is my fave! Gouache I have found to be the quickest way to achieve a matte solid vivid look. Great for pattern making, heck these are great for a lot of things… Please read up on how to use them. Honestly I am no expert on their use…I’m a semi newbie to them but I LOVE them! Oh and the ink pads…well they are awesome for creating antiqued looks on papers.
Holbein Acryla Gouache http://www.dickblick.com/products/holbein-acryla-gouache/
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pads http://www.dickblick.com/products/ranger-tim-holtz-distress-ink-pads/