Five different people yesterday wrote in with different questions about the brands of supplies I use (one of them was the very, very talented Claudine Hellmuth getting some details for her upcoming book!). I think it's really cool when things line up like that so I wanted to address it. Nicole had an excellent question... she asked if cheap paint from dollar-rama would be good enough for her to play around with and I CANNOT SAY THIS ENOUGH (this is my own personal opinion so don't send me paint hate mail):
USE ANYTHING. USE EVERYTHING. JUST. MAKE. SOMETHING. Go on. Go ahead. Really. Use whatever it is that makes you comfortable enough to crack it open, get messy, and get making things. If you have expensive paints, but you're afraid to use them - then they have NO value... but, if you have cheap paints that make you feel loose and free enough to whip them out and use them up - THEN THEY ARE OF GREAT VALUE TO THIS WORLD.
To me, art is about the moment we are in. It's about using what's handy and using the energy that moves you before it's gone. I have many, many different brands of paints and brushes. But, the ones I prefer are the ones I know I can use up and not feel like I didn't USE THEM UP GOOD ENOUGH (which is not proper English, but I don't know how else to say it). If I have RELEARNED anything with Tiny Art - it is that CREATING SOMETHING - is much more fun than NOT CREATING AT ALL.
So do what works. Try all kinds of paints and see what you're comfortable with. Try different brushes and supplies and find a balance between what you can afford and what AFFORDS YOU the opportunity to dig in and spend time with your inner artist.
- use student grade acrylic and a variety of types and brands
- use the same kind of paint brushes I used in kindergarten
- use the yellow HB pencils
- use a black rollerball ink pen that Dan brings home from the office and leaves around the house
- don't give a rip about acid-free archival crap.
- wipe my brushes on my pants and my fingers on the back of my painting shirt
- use margarine lids as palettes
- only buy and use BLACK, WHITE, YELLOW, BLUE, and MAGENTA and mix every colour I need from those primaries
- will not hesitate to paint on cardboard, garbage, coffee cups, boxes, etc, etc.
- DO NOT CARE if people think this is HACK. Get over it.
And this is why I will never be given a contract with a paint company. GO.