My favorite art supplies
Here you will find a selection of my favorite art supplies! I always do my best to find art supplies that are vegan. Sometimes this is easy because a brand is very open about not using animal or animal-derived ingredients, but most of the times brands are not very transparent about their ingredients. Always do your own research if you want to be sure the supplies you’re using are vegan.
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Some of the products mentioned here are also available at Splendith in the Netherlands. If this is the case it is mentioned. You can click on “Splendith” and go to their website.
Let’s start with paints. I used to work a lot with watercolors, but lately my interest has shifted towards acrylic paints and gouache.
When it comes to watercolor, I am a big fan of Daniel Smith. Their watercolors are beautiful and vegan. I prefer tubes so that I can fill my own palettes or pans.
- Art Graf Water-soluble pigment block earth colors
- Art Graf Water-soluble pigment block primary colors
- Art Graf water-soluble graphite
- Miya Himi gouache.
This gouache is amazing for my shitbook sessions. It’s affordable and does the job! You can find this gouache on Amazon but also at Handlettering Doen We Zo (Dutch website). Handlettering Doen We Zo also sells the refills!
- Acrylic gouache
I am slightlty addicted to the beautiful Holbein acrylic gouache paints.
- Holbein Acryla gouache (Splendith)
I use a mix of different acrylic paints. My latest obsession are the vinyl emulsion paints by Lefranc & Bourgeois.
- Golden Heavy Body acrylic paint
- Golden Fluid acrylic paint
- Golden High Flow acrylic paint
- Golden Open acrylic paint (slow drying)
- Liquitex Professional Heavy Body acrylic paint
- Liquitex Professional Soft Body acrylic paint
- Lefranc & Bourgeois Vinyl Emulsion paint (Splendith)
- Royal Talens Amsterdam Standard acrylic paint (Splendith)
- Royal Talens Amsterdam Expert acrylic paint
- Holbein Acrylic paint luminous series (with my favorite pink “Luminous Opera) (Splendith)
Watercolor brushes are often made with animal hair, but there are some amazing alternatives. My favorite watercolor brushes must be Princeton’s Neptune brushes (beautiful synthetic squirrel brushes).
- The Princeton Neptune flat brush is the one I use the most (Splendith)
- Princeton Neptune Quill (Splendith)
- Set of Princeton Neptune brushes (Splendith)
To all Princeton watercolor brushes at Splendith
Acrylic paint brushes
When I first started to paint with acrylic paints, I went to the hardware store and bought a few cheap brushes. When I decided that I really wanted to work with acrylic paints more often I started to invest in some great synthetic brushes.
- All the Liquitex freestyle brushes
- Raphael Textura
- Raphael Kevrin
- Raphael Kaerell
When I first started out with watercolors, I had no idea that a lot of paper brands use gelatin sizing. Here you will find a few of my favorite brands (and their paper) that don’t use gelatin.
- Stonehenge Legion Aqua in blocks
- Stonehenge Legion Aqua sheets
- Stonehenge Legion Aqua sample set
- Stonehenge Legion Aqua mini heavy paper pad
- To all Stonehenge Legion paper at Splendith
- Hahnemuhle bamboo pads
Hahnemuhle watercolor paper
- To all Hahnemuhle watercolor paper at Splendith
- Canson Moulin du Roy
- Fabriano Pittura block
- Fabriano Pittura sheets
Or as I like to call my sketchbook; Shitbook. These are two of my favorite shitbooks.
- The Shitbook designed by my friend and business buddy Stephanie
- Fabriano Venezia Book
Ooohhhh how I love oil pastels! I use them everywhere to make marks, whether it’s paper or canvas.
I don’t use colored pencils as often as paint or oil pastels, but when I do I am very picky. So there are obviously way more great colored pencils, but these three
are my absolute favorites!
- Holbein (Splendith)
- Caran D’Ache Luminance (Splendith)
- Stabilo Woody is a colored pencil that is so much more than just a colored pencil. They’re also water-soluble and they can be used as an oil pastel. You an even draw on the windows with these pencils. Kids love them (well Elin does!).
An acrylic medium alters the paint. Some mediums control a paint’s transparency, fluidity, texture, sheen, etc. Other additives control how long a paint stays wet and workable. There are so many mediums and additives, but I will list what I use.
I love collecting (art) books. This list is truly never ending. I am sure I am forgetting a whole lot of books. And I am also sure that this list will keep on growing.
- The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair
- A Dictionary Of Color Combinations by various authors
- Interaction of Color: 50th Anniversary Edition by Josef Albers
Big Magic by Elizabet Gilbert
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
- Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
- Keep Going by Austin Kleon
- Make Ink: A Forager’s Guide to Natural Inkmaking by Jason Logan (Splendith)