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impassive-monster  asked:

Hey!! Maybe you've answered this before and I just haven't seen it but do you have a masterpost for cheap art supplies?? I'm trying to gather things for my design 1&2 class for when school starts and things like prismas and copics aren't available to me. Thanks!!

Heyo there! 

Just a small note, for some things, like painting, where you can fully mix colors, it’s sometimes better to buy a very small higher quality set  (even like 3 colors is good), versus a larger, but less quality set. If the prices end up being similar–the big, cheaper brand set is close in price to the tiny, high quality set, definitely go for the smaller, higher quality set. However, there are also a ton of great value art brands out there, but not all of them. 

Personally, I avoid artist’s loft, for example. Those are a bit frustrating. 

Micheal’s, Blick, & Jo-Ann Fabric/Arts Stores often have great sales, so check them out too. 

@hazmatt86 also recommends signing up for Hobby Lobby’s email list and getting a 40% off coupon. 

Note: The following links to Amazon are affiliate ones, if you buy off these links, you can help support Art-Res & also help me pay for college! These are also hand picked recommendations by me. 

Affordable Art Supplies – Tried & Liked

Koh-I-Noor Progresso Woodless Colored 24-Pencil Set - $16 (Also available in a $9 set of 12)

These are really awesome because they don’t have a woodcasing, just a protective laquer and color. They blend surprisingly well for the price and have vivid colors. I find them great for covering large areas and underpainting. 

Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core 24 Set is $10 on Amazon. Not too expensive, and I know you said Prismas are out of price range, but this set is pretty darn cheap. Prismas blend really well, so you can get better results with a small set like this than say, 100 from crayola.

Crayola Colored Pencils set of 50 - $6.97 however, crayola rocks and these pencils carried me for a while before I was able to upgrade (For Christmas/Birthday presents, I asked for art supplies instead of clothes/tech lol)

 > Note, do NOT buy Roseart. You will be frustrated, and the extra $1 you save will not be worth it. Trust me, I’ve tried it.  

Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Line, I personally own their Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box, $12. Cheaper on Amaxon than Blick, but if you can afford it, go shop at Blick because it really is an amazing store.

These watercolors are pretty great. Not as saturated as professional/artist grade, but quite serviceable, especially if you layer them. Good coverage and smooth. Not grainy, which is great. Quite long lasting as well. I’ve used these in combination with my colored pencils for a long time, and I love them!

Royal & Langnickel Essentials Sketching Pencil Set 21 pieces, $4.24

Very affordable and they’re pretty nice! You get a nice, wide variety of graphite grades to experiment with. I don’t really oil paint that often, but their oil painting set is pretty high quality for the price as well. Here’s a link to more of their products. 

Sketchbooks & Paper - quite cheap on amazon, but Micheals often has great sales & buy 1 get 1 free deals, so I also recommend checking out the prices/sales there before looking at Amazon. Below are a list of my personal favorites.

  • Strathmore Series 400 Sketch - $4.67- $11 (depending on size) - I used watercolor & colored pencil on this paper and it didn’t wrap too much, which surprised me. I like the toothy surface. 
  • Strathmore STR-362-5 40 Sheet No.90 Mixed Media Pad, 5.5 by 8.5" -$7.78. One of my favorites. A smallish size makes it portable. Vellum surface is smooth, which is great for blending and a less grainy look, but also holds on to colored pencil & watercolor. Completely filled mine and plan to buy another! 
  • Strathmore STR-642-111 No.100 Wind Power Vellum Bristol - $10.64 - Super nice smooth texture, also eco friendly. Similar to the paper above. 
  • Not on Amazon, but Blick’s line of sketchbooks/paper rocks. I love their mixed media drawing pad. I filled it up completely. 

Affordable Art Supplies – Not Tried, but Highly Reviewed (Comment below if you have any recommendations, I’ll add, credit you, and reblog)

Ohuhu 40 Colors Dual Tips Art Sketch Twin Marker Pens - Amazon’s Choice, $20. 40 is enough colors to have a few base & shade tones, which is what you need for markers. 
Faber-Castell Grip Colored EcoPencils - 24 ct, @12.99. I have a medium sized set of the polychromos & albretchd durer line, which I love. I have not tried these, but I read a few art supply reviews praising these for their quality for the price. 
Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils, 48-Count - $11.75 is  pretty cheap and their scholar line is pretty nice, from reviews I’ve seen! A good middle ground, like the faber castell pencils above, between crayola & expensive pencils.
Amazon list of products under $25. 
I hope this helped! If it did, please consider reblogging so it can reach more artists! Thanks for all your support! 

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A good thing about violets: when they grow in big patches, but because they’re so low to the ground and a dark color you don’t notice them right away and suddenly you realize that there’s a bit of deep purple carpet at your feet. Also when the bees go bumbly bumbly on them but they’re too heavy for the stem and they end up almost tipping it over. 

Additional good things about violets: edible, can be sugared and used as decorations on cakes, boiled into a sweet syrup. Can be fermented into a light-pink colored wine. 

Very important good thing about violets: gay. 

Backstory episodes I want now

OiTNB style, let’s start delving

  • how Rhodonite’s ruby and pearl met and decided to run away together
    • how all of Fluorite literally met
  • Lapis during the war
  • whatever Padparadscha was doing before this bc I would 100% watch an episode of just her doing her
  • how gems normally colonize worlds, Peridot as the bureaucrat she was before
  • Bismuth realizing her passion!!! And the war unfolding around her
  • Amethyst interacting with people who wandered by the kindergarten, she had to have run into a few before
  • Rose’s past lovers? (maybe Steven had a few fully human siblings a couple centuries ago that lived and passed)
  • Jasper dealing with the prejudices of Homeworld as she tries to rise in the ranks and deal with her remorse for Pink Diamond
  • Aquamarine being a git somewhere
  • Topaz being in love somewhere, and heartbreak
  • Some sort of Pearl-centric reflection, Blue and Yellow Pearl whispering about our Pearl, Pearl reaching out, Pearl’s interacting; doubt, loyalty, love, backstory

Simon Lewis and His Mentor Magnus Bane on portaling.


Once again, I’m no expert- there are things about these layers I probably haven’t covered, so please try them out for yourself!

Layers 1-7 help your contrast. They are usually a pair of the former two groups I went over in my last post.

1. OVERLAY:  Helps your contrast by boosting your lights and darks, while the more mid tone pixels aren’t affected as much. It does this based on the layers beneath it.  “Screens” the lights, “multiplies” the darks. 
2. SOFT LIGHT:  Similar to overlay, but a “softer” effect. You can think of soft light as more transparent.
3. HARD LIGHT: You can look at hard light as an intense version of overlay, with much brighter colors and a much less transparent look.
4. VIVID LIGHT:  This is the heavy metal version of overlay- think of it similar to color dodge and color burn.  Very intense colors, good for finding interesting lighting and color combos.
5. LINEAR LIGHT:  Crazy amounts of contrast and color is added here, even more than vivid light.  so heavy metal 
6. PIN LIGHT:  This one is interesting because besides it also being an intense contrast layer, it can add random noise to the active layer.  Apparently this is a combo of the lighten blend mode on the light pixels and darken on the dark pixels, but the noise effect is what makes it really interesting imo.
7. HARD MIX:  You will turn this mode on and be like “no” but it is actually adjusting its fill will reveal another overlay-ish type layer.  It throws the colors on the active layer towards a more primary color such as blue, or magenta. 
8. DIFFERENCE: This will invert your colors, taking into account the layers below. If colors are very close, they will be black.
9. EXCLUSION: This also inverts your colors, taking into account the layers below. If colors are very close, they are grey. Exclusion and difference are layers that would be good for graphic pieces, I haven’t really gotten used to incorporating them in my painting workflow.
10. SUBTRACT: Similar to the above layers, but more intense. You will notice that the darker you make your active layer with Difference, exclusion, and subtract, the lighter and more transparent looking the result will be.
11. DIVIDE:  Divide, however, usually results in crazy highlights that are pretty opaque unless the layer is fairly light, and then it will begin to go transparent. 
12. HUE:  Makes the lower layer take on the hue of the active layer.
13. SATURATION:  The lower layers take on the saturation of the active layer.
14. COLOR:  The lower layers take on the color of the active layer.
15. LUMINOSITY:  The lower layers take on the luminosity, or brightness, of the active layer.

Once again, I’m no expert, but I hope this helps. Thanks guys!