after my recent tutorial on painting an ombre-styled ocean with watercolour, i thought i’d share a post on my essentials for painting. so here are some of my favorite brushes, paints and paper for painting!
here’s where i have to sheepishly shake my head and admit that despite being a big fan of watercolour painting, i don’t have specialized watercolour paper. YET. workin’ on it!
the current paper i use is standard drawing block. it’s versatile – i can paint, draw and even take photos on it. (yep.)
i use a very large bunch of paints, depending on what medium i’m doing. for one, i love to dilute poster paints for a quick watercolour fix (yes, not very professional…), but other than that i use poster paints for their real purpose, and acrylics so far in school!
so. many. types. overtime, i’ve accumulated many, many, MANY brushes. too many to photograph/describe individually.
but my overall favourites would have to be the green ones on the extreme left of the above photo. their bristles are so soft and smooth, and yet really flexible too. (i don’t know what brand they are though, so if anyone recognises, please leave a comment!)
as you can see from the photo, i have two type of palettes i typically use. the large one with individual spaces for paint is mainly used when i have big painting projects; but when doing small paint jobs (like when i’m painting something which is all pretty much the same colour) i find using a small dish or two easily to clean up after.
finally, a quick cheat/tip from me – tissues are so darned important in painting! for drying up untimely spills, overly wet watercolour or just wiping off my brushes, i always have tissue paper on hand when i’m painting.
all in all, painting doesn’t need to be a big issue of branded materials or specific tools – you can still make artistic magic without specialized tools (although expensive brands may be of better quality).
you know what? the most essential thing for painting is probably an open, willing mind and creativity – which i think you have!