People commonly ask artists what materials and tools they use; it’s the second most popular question after “what’s your inspiration?” But very often artists don’t say and have to individually answer all those inquiries. So I decided to make it easier for random passersby by listing out what I use:

Image from Faber-Castell.

Image from Faber-Castell.

Faber-Castell Colored Pencils
I got the box set of 60 as a very generous gift.

That's not even half of them...

That’s not even half of them…

Sharpie pens (fine and ultra fine points)
I often use them for doodling and tracing sketches. I have an embarrassing amount of them in a variety of colors.

Image from Blick.

Image from Blick.

DecoColor Acrylic Paint Markers
Perfect for making those lines in my paintings. I’ve only used black so far.

Image from Blick.

Image from Blick.

Montana Acrylic Water Based Paint Markers – 15mm
Funny thing is, at least to me, I really like Montana’s jumbo sized markers but haaaaate their smaller sizes. Their 2mm was very difficult to draw/trace with and the point fell off after a week. So, to explain a confusing matter, I get DecoColor markers in chisel point and Montana markers in jumbo. I’ve only used black for this brand too.

Image from Blick.

Image from Blick.

Acrylic paints and acrylic-based brushes
I only paint in acrylic; I have no gift or skill in using oil paints and many witnesses to my frustration with blending can confirm that. Concerning paints, I buy whatever is on sale and fairly priced so I have both store brands and fancy brands in my collection. I tend to buy brushes with synthetic hairs because the bristles are white and I think that’s pretty cool — I don’t know why I needed to explain that.

Image from Blick.

Image from Blick.

Chartpak Manga Markers, Set of 25
I sometimes use these markers, particularly for this project, but I don’t really recommend them especially for the price. They are serious bleeders, smell terrible (even more noxious than oil paints), and can mess up the lines you’ve carefully drawn. I say if you want to spend the money, you should invest in better marker brands like Copic Markers.

Image from Pentel.

Image from Pentel.

Hi-Polymer Erasers
I know it’s sort of silly to list out what eraser I use but I think this brand is the best, most reliable eraser in the world. The pink school ones can go to hell.

Image from sewtrue.com.

Image from sewtrue.com.

Clear Gridded Ruler
I take borrow my mom’s clear, plastic gridded rulers that she uses for sewing. I think it’s the coolest tool ever and it’s so much easier to make straight lines with than the regular wooden and metal rulers. I also like that it comes in purple.

My own photo.

My own photo.

Acrylic Matte Medium
I use this as a non-sticky glue substitute for paper cut-outs because it creates this non-shiny, dull finish. Be mindful of what projects you want to use it for as it does warp paper.

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1 comment
  1. Nice run-down! I’ve also become enamored with the large acrylic paint makers – and have started mixing my own colors for them (the key is airbrush medium). I’ll have to try those deco markers.

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