lately i've been experimenting with lots of new art supplies. it's so fun to see how they do and don't work together. and to come up with fun combinations i would never think of or see..unless it was for the beautiful mistakes that come from trying something new.
i absolutely adore using these to embellish paintings, or anything really. these strawberry decals remind me of the strawberry shortcake dolls i had as a kid. back then, i hated that everyone thought i looked liked strawberry shortcake with my red hair. but now, seeing these brings back sweet memories of having fun and being creative.
i adore that these run-ons are so easy to use too. it's a great way to quickly and easily add detail to a piece.
giant kid brushes
these brushes are so fun to use, especially with your non-dominant hand. they completely make you feel like a kid. not just because of the colors, but they're inexpensive, so when i paint with them, there's no need to be too careful. after a few uses, the bristles get pretty crazy too. so they're perfect for filing in backgrounds or covering up large spaces and staying loose.
i usually make my own stencils by drawing a design or printing it on typing paper, then cutting the shapes out with scissors. but when i'm looking for something a little more detailed, the store-bought stencils are fun to try. i especially like finding cut-outs like these birch trees that allow for amazing negative...perfect to let backgrounds show through to the next layer of a painting.
old school watercolors
these are the watercolors i had as a kid. again, they're inexpensive and the colors are super sheer, so they're perfect for creating layers. the colors are also extremely vibrant and really pop.
i found these and purchased them because i adore the colors. they're labeled as "authentic chinese watercolors," but from what i can tell, they are just like my other watercolors that come in a tube. i love these because they're so fun to layer with acrylics in larger areas, especially for vibrant backgrounds.
lately i've been really into white or ivory backgrounds, especially for my skies. i really love the clean, wide open space feel it gives. and white gesso works well in place of acrylic to cover up large areas and mix with a bit of acrylic to create a lighter, whimsical hue. i find i'm not as careful with it either (compared to nice, white acrylic), so it's fun to layer on and scrape away, showing some of the underneath colors, shapes, stencils and details.
What Are Your Favorite Art Supplies? I'd be delighted to know.
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