If you want great results it helps if you use great materials. This section of the website is dedicated to letting all you would be painters have a look at some of the materials and bits of kit that I recommend and personally use in my own work. Once you have decent quality supplies you will find that your rate of progress will increase no end. I also have managed to negotiate a few tasty discounts for you all. Happy shopping! (p.s. I also provide free U.K shipping on all orders over £30)
Good paints will make such a difference to your work and it is because of this that I choose to use only the best in my work. My brands of choice are Daniel Smith watercolours and Winsor & Newton.
With the exception of paints brushes are possibly the most important piece of kit you will have. A good brush is like a good friend and I have grown to love the brushes I use. Click below to see what my choice of brushes are.
I mainly use two brands of watercolour paper which are Bockingford & Saunders Waterford. Both are high quality robust papers that stand up to a great deal and always help me to produce a great result.
High quality sketch books or pads are an important addition to any artists kit and can provide the artist with a never ending supply of source material when utilised correctly. These are the ones I recommend.
Drawing | Sketching Materials
Any artist worth their salt needs to spend time sketching. Not only does it improve your observation but it also hones those all important drawing skills. I use a number of different pieces of kit for sketching including pens, pencils, graphite sticks and a few other bits’n’pieces.
There are some fantastic pastels on the market but I always tend to go rivet back to my old favourites. Here I have included some fantastic pastel sets that will give you a great start in this fantastic medium.
A good pastel paper is all that stands between you and disaster when you are using soft pastels. It has to have tooth to grip the pastel but also has to be fine enough for you to utilise a range of blending techniques. These are my favourites!
Drawing Boards | Artists Easels
In watercolour painting it is all about the angle. You need to be able to control the angle of your board to get the best results so an easel that gives you full range of movement is important. Here are my choices.
Good storage boxes are important especially if you are spending hundreds of pounds on good kit. The last thing you need is for your materials to be ruined because you not stored them properly. Plus with a couple of versatile storage boxes in your to store your materials you should always know where everything is.
This is where I have put everything else. All those bits of miscellaneous kit that you just can’t do without because they just make your artistic life that much easier like good palettes, water sprays, masking fluid and tape to name just a few.
Gifts for your Artist
Maybe your not the artist and you have arrived here because you are shopping for that special artist in your life. Well, this section is just for you. In here you will find some fantastic gifts that will have your special artist jumping for joy!