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pphew! sorry for the late reply to these >.< i figured id just reply to all these in one post with some pics. Below are the watercolors i use and the the gold paints (keep in mind those pics i posted were like first attempts @_@ im still getting used to these…)

The water colors are Mjello Mission Gold Watercolors in the 34 tube set and the gold palette are the FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors in the Pearl set. 

Now I’ll state first– both these sets are kinda pricey. The FineTec palette (about $27) is so worth it though because it comes in different golds and one tube of gold gouache is usually like $9 each or more depending on the amount of mica, so def worth the price and variety.

Below: from lightest to darkest on ivory tinted paper [Silver, Moon Gold, Gold Pearl, Arabic Gold, Tibet Gold, & Inca Gold] they look SUPER outstanding on black paper as well!

my fav is the richest one, the Inca Gold.

They are super nice, but if you plan on getting them, they are super HARD palettes! It’ll take a lot of scrubbing to get them activated and to have that nice gouache-like thickness, so if you don’t want to ruin your nice brushes, I def recommend getting some Ox Gall. Adding a drop or two of this will get them activated in no time, and with a nice opaque thickness. (the brand I have below they dont sell anymore, but other brands still make it)

As for the water colors, ehhh i feel weird cuz those vegetas were like my first attempts with this brand. Ive always used the Sakura Koi 24 color set palette because theyre super nice and super cheap (like $20) and Ive had them for years. I only got these because I wanted higher-grade watercolors in tubes. But they are very expensive, but for good reasons: they have a lot of pigment, which makes them so vibrant and bright and theyre designed to be very close to natural colors, not to mention theyre so SMOOTH when painting and they’ll probs last me forEVER because you get so much color with very little water.

(opera is best color IMHO) here’s a color chart I made (that took FOREVER btw) to give you an idea how beautiful they are and how many nice colors they make

so yea! those are the paints I used for those particular pics. Course if you would like a nice, cheap watercolor recommendation that works pretty well, Sakura Koi’s are a fantastic substitute. …..SORRY IF THIS WAS LONG i just akdfhalkfhd i like talking about traditional media..lol. hope this was at least a little informative >.< if anyone has questions or wants some recommendations (while also saving some money) feel free to ask! I’ll help in any way i can with what i know, cuz despite posting mostly digital art, I am a traditional art supply FANATIC. 

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Love fountain pens?  Want to learn how to watercolor?  This video is the best of both worlds!  If you AREN’T familiar with fountain pens, I hope this inspires you to check them out!  For this field test I used a Noodler’s Ahab filled with Sailor Storia pigment fountain pen ink, Holbein’s watercolor sketchbook, and a custom made watercolor palette.

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Looking for inexpensive alcohol based markers? New art supply review of @artnfly on my YouTube channel JuicyInk!
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Thank you Art n Fly for sending me the fun goodies!!

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Art Supply Review #3
Copic 25th Anniversary Set B
Contains: RV00, R85, E50, E01, Y28, E18, B95, BG01, YG06, YR15, YR68, & R46.
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Copic created a trio of new collections, with a new marker design! On one side the popular brush tip and one the other a fine tip.
As far as the colors included, the B set is a great addition to your Copic collection, it has some nice skin tones as well as a wide array of vibrant colors. 9/10 Recommended!

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I think a lot of people have come across these pens- they’ve either used them themselves or came across them in an art store.

But the Sakura Pigma Micron pens are a great tool for doing lineart, and run for a little under $3/pen at art stores. They dry very fast (within seconds), and are waterproof (so you can use them with watercolours). I also use them with copics. With copics and watercolours, once I’ve finished colouring, I apply the pen a second time over my lineart to achieve a bolder look.

The only issue I’ve had with these pens, are how easily the nibs sink in. (see third photo) Make sure you do not drop these pens on a hard surface, or subject them to a lot of shaking, because the nibs (particularly on the 005 size nibs) will retract back into the pen making lining difficult. I’m looking into substitutions for the 005 pen size right now, I’ve got some pens in mind, will keep you all posted!

(The lineart for the above image was done using the Pigma Micron pens, and coloured with copics on a Moleskin journal. I applied the pens a second time after colouring around Yuzu’s eyes, and collar area)

(PS: don’t ever use a writing Moleskin for drawing. DOn’T DO IT DON’T BE DUMB LIKE ME)

Hi guys, on March 19th, from 3pm to 9pm Pacific time, (that’s 5pm-11pm central) you can find a set of 48 fineliner pens from bianyo (which are comparable to the staedtler triplus pens) for only $19.99! They are normally priced at $25.99 and are honestly one of my favorite inexpensive pen sets, you can see what all the colors in the set are in the attached photo.
Also, on March 21st, they are having ANOTHER flash sale from 2:15pm to 8:15pm Pacific time zone (that’s 4:15pm-10:15pm central) on their dual tipped marker set. I reviewed them in the past, and said how they were comparable to copic sketch markers, I really enjoy using them, of all the marker sets i have received, these are some of my favorites. While usually priced at $59.99, you can grab a set for only $39.99! So out a sticky note on your calendars and get yourself some art supplies during their sales! Again, they are sold by bianyo and can be found on Amazon, and the pens are on sale March 19th, and the markers on March 21st!

*Note, I was not paid to say this, and all opinions are my own, and maybe you won’t like these sets, maybe markers or pens aren’t for you, and that’s okay. But if you do enjoy markers or pens as your medium, or maybe just want to try them out, I would recommend picking these sets up, especially during their sale. Feel free to ask any questions, and please like/reblog so more artists, that are struggling with money, or maybe just looking for something new to try can see this. Thanks!

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My Artsnacks Inktober collection came in, with plenty of time for me to hopefully whip up some inking tutorials to help yall get ready to do some heavy inking!

If yall enjoy unboxings, demonstrations, and tutorials, do me a huge favor and show me some love! Reblog, like, heck Tweet and Tumbl Artsnacks and other art supply companies and distributors to let them know how much you enjoy my stuff! Your good word means a lot!

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  • Italy's personal Channel: Art/speed paints
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  • Germany: Fitness/Healthy eating tips
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  • 1st channel: pranks/skits
  • 2nd channel: vlogs
  • Japan: Art/MMDs/animation
  • America: Gaming/Game Theories (I also like the idea m making short films too)
  • England:
  • 1st channel- Movie/Book review and criticism
  • 2nd Channel-vlogs
  • France: Looks Books/How to Style/vlogs,Beauty Guy
  • Russia: Gardening
  • China: Cooking Chinese dishes
  • Denmark: Gaming
  • Iceland: edits of OTPs,talks about fandoms(???)
  • Norway: how to use black magic/spells
  • Finland and Sweden: Parenting tips and tricks/family vlogs with Sealand and Ladonia
  • Sweden's personal channel: helpful building tips/how to's
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Hey y’all!!

I’m starting a series of art supply reviews on this blog, along with usual art updates. Since I work in an art store, and I have a bit more spending money now, I’ve started trying out new brands.

Anyway, eecks introduced me to gouache paint, and the stuff is really cool! For those unfamiliar, this is a paint that dries matte and opaque, which gives your pieces a beautiful, illustrative look. I went to the local Deserres and found this iridescent blue-green Studio Gouache paint by Pebeo. It’s about $10 for a 100mL tube.

The verdict- it’s a good beginner’s brand! I really love it and I think it’s a great touch for finishes on drawings, cards, or for throwing some cool metallic effects on your artwork. One coat was already looking pretty good, but for the drawing above, I did two coats to make sure everything was opaque as can be. I used a pea sized amount to colour the above 4.5” x 6” postcard, like half of the amount of toothpaste you normally squeeze on a toothbrush.

It dries with a nice metallic sheen, and the leftover paint-you can let it dry and just add water to it to use it again.

note: For the drawing, I used the blue-green Pebeo Studio Gouche paint on Strathmore watercolour paper. The other details were done with a Sakura Pigma Micron pen, a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, and a black Copic marker.

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Review of Sennelier L’Aquarelle half-pans

It’s been 15 years since I landed in this beautiful country so it seems only appropriate to letter it for my first go at using some of the new Sennelier paints I got a couple of days ago.

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Thank you @jetpens for sending me these art supplies to review! I had a blast testing them out 😍😍😍 for list of art supplies and my first impression, visit https://youtu.be/TY2QMMyBeQs

Pardon me as I play with these awesome goodies more - super inspired!!✨✨

Music credit to the amazing @lakeyinspired - “Signal”

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Got myself a $1.50 Fountain Pen

From Daiso Japan, which is like a Dollar Tree but with all Japanese products (and a little more than a dollar per item). They’re scattered all over Southern California, which is nice. It’s called the Riviere, and I got myself some black ink cartridges along with the blue that came with it. 

I must say, it works really really well! I also own an Ackerman Pump Pen, which is a nifty concept but at more than $20 a pop, I’d say the Riviere works better. I’ll keep using it to see if it reacts poorly with anything, but so far, so good. And it’s amazingly cheap!

I’m gonna head back to Daiso and see what other nifty items exist there. Woo~

parking-lot-hymns  asked:

Hello dear! I'm curious about the colored drawing pencils you use, what type are they and what do you think of them? Thanks a bunch :-)

Hey there!

Recently I’ve been using 0.7mm mechanical Pencil leads 

Pilot Color Eno Red and Blue from jetpens.com

To be honest I am new to using mechanical pencils for sketching. I’m rather heavy handed, and not only that but I love to get the lines as dark and defined as I can sometimes - soo the lead breaks all the time for me when I’m drawing - which is…pretty infuriating when I’m trying to get into the sketch haha.

In my opinion they are perfect for really light under sketches or if you’re not as heavy handed as I am! They have a lot of other colors too, like orange, purple, green, pink..

I don’t think mechanical pencils have won me over just yet, even though I can get thinner, more precise lines with them I am more comfortable with wooden pencils.

I have one Uni Mitsubishi Erasable Colored Pencil  (also ordered from Jetpens) in red and blue (double sided) that a friend sent to me that I simply LOVE TO DEATH, probably because they erase well and the color isn’t so faint.

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That fact that I can just flip from red to blue whenever I want is neat too.

Other than those, I do like my set of Pentel Colored Pencils 24pk

They are cheap and can be found in most Micheals’ (I’ve been to at least) The colors are bright - they erase fine. I like ‘em even though I usually just use red or blue.

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BUT HONESTLY

If I’m out and I forgot to bring my special pencils to sketch with - I’ll just scavenge for one or use whatever I can find. Even a common Crayola or Roseart colored pencil will do the job. Just last night I borrowed some random mechanical pencil (2.0mm lead I think) just sitting on a desk nearby and got to work. :)

I just like to order materials and experiment with them when I can, and I really like Jetpens.com for their variety and quality of items. It’s fun and I’d totally suggest checking it out if you haven’t already.

I hope that’s what your were looking for! I haven’t really written very many reviews but I hope it helped out a bit! 

Happy drawinggg. :)

~CI

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Woo the first review. These have to be my favorite color pencils. The Faber-Castell Polychromos. They are a little on the pricey side. The 24 pack cost me about 35 dollars on ebay, but they can run you 40 to 50 really depends on where you buy them. So that makes them about 2 dollars a pencil. The colors are amazingly smooth and blend so well. My favorite part about them is when you drop them they don’t break in the middle. I am unfortunately very clumsy so I drop stuff a lot. It really awesome to know that when I sharpen the pencil I won’t be sharpening it a hundred times. The colors blend so nicely that I really don’t see much of a reason to buy a blender pencil, or a reason to purchase a bigger set because it so easy to mix the colors to make new ones. I’m not saying more colors isn’t nice. I love lots of colors, just more isn’t really that necessary. These pencils are are a little pricey but very much a great investment.

notcuddles said: Oooh neat! Do you think you might post a review of Mischief at some point? I’m really curious about the program but also a bit wary, it seems too good to be true.

It’s a very smooth program to draw in, it doesn’t feel like it autocorrects your lines at all like most vector programs do, Erin compared what it feels like to working in Sai. The tool selection is very limited, there are basically two painting brushes two line art brushes and a pencil, but it’s the basics you’d have working with the hard round brush in Photoshop. I haven’t found a transform tool (Ctrl+t didn’t seem to do anything but I didn’t dig around much), so as far as I can tell things stay where you put them. It has layers, but not many fancy tools beyond that. I’m not a good enough painter to get the most out of it, but it’s a fun program to noodle around and practise in. I’m sure if you know what you’re doing you could do some really amazing things with it.

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This review is going to be about Watercolor Crayons. Specifically Staedtler Watercolor crayons.

Pros:

- When deluded with water they come out smooth.

-Smooth and creamy

-Give you a darker look without having to apply several layers.

-More control than normal water colors

Cons

-Harder to use in smaller places on pieces.

-Does look good on textures paper unless deluded.

Overview:

Staedtler watercolors crayons are a really easy to use. I think its a really great way to get into watercolor painting. Unlike your normal watercolor paints you do not have to apply several layers to get a bolder color.  You can use them on any kind of paper and they look great without being deluded. ( I used a watercolor paper to show what it looked like deluded down.) The colors blend great together. There is much more control with these than your regular watercolors paints since you can choose to use the water after you have layed down the color. They are pretty inexpensive as far as art supply’s go. Mine were a gift so I can’t give you a price for mine but online for a set of 24 its between 15 to 25.

I had someone tell me to set it up my reviews this way so I’d thought id try it.

Cretacolor Samples Review: Oil pencils, water soluble graphite pencils, water soluble oil pastels

The last couple of months I'v been able to try Cretacolor products (they are fairly new in India) and the one thing that excites me the most is that they have sets of products you would never dream of having in India. I’m talking about odds like water soluble oil pastels and what not.

Well, I was able to pick up sample sets of 3 of these types of products and its great cos you can try them out without buying the whole set. Especially if its a new medium that you aren’t used to.

So heres my review for Water soluble graphite pencils, water soluble oil pastels and oil pencils. 

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My thoughts on the July ArtSnacks:
Ironlak Pump Action Paint Marker in Potion:
Super smooth feel, with a solid, even application - although I did have an almost disaster when the pen leaked into the cap and I had to run to the kitchen to avoid spilling paint all over the carpet. It only happened the one time, so I think I may have over-shaken it? Or it somehow got pumped in the lid?

Aristo Mechanical Pencil: 
I love mechanical pencils and this one is pretty cool - nicely balanced and the entire tip retracts. Only gripe is the eraser is tiny.

Touch Twin Brush Marker in Cream:
Rich color and easy to build up areas of color.

Marino Watercolor Pencil by Cretacolor in Emerald:
I love the color of this pencil, but it was a little waxy on paper. It turned out nicely as watercolor, but not really suitable for use as a regular pencil.

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Higgins India Ink

Pros:
Intense color
Cheap
Eye dropper
Last a while
Dries quickly

Cons:
-Yellow changes color
-not dilutable  


Higgins India Ink is a great start into getting into India ink. It is a cheaper brand is offers a great amount of color. You can not buy this brand in you local Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. It can be purchased online for about 1-3 dollars a bottle. India ink is has a very intense color and can not be diluted to be softer in color. There is no shading with these inks. The color yellow also turns brown after having it for to long and sometimes when you purchase yellow it can come to you brown. Overall these are great inks to get started with they are pretty inexpensive and have a really great color.