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I will update my materials list periodically. I keep finding new things to paint on/with that I like.

PAPER (for watercolors):

Utrecht Watercolor block 140 lb/300 gsm - Double sided paper, rough on one side and fairly smooth on the other. What I love best about this paper is the velvety quality that shows up in washes.

Stonehenge 250 gsm - This is a multipurpose paper, usually used for printmaking. Washes blend really soft and well. I recommend using a little bit more water for printmaking papers like these because it is pretty absorbent.

Arches hot pressed 140 lb/ 300 gsm pad- Hot pressed paper is super smooth. I use it for things with lots of details. Or if I just don't want texture because texture scans weird sometimes.

Arches cold pressed 140 lb/ 300 gsm pad- Roughly textured. Nice for things with a lot of washes and wet-on-wet techniques.


mechanical pencil - Usually I use .03 and .05 lead

4B - A few of my sketches are drawn with 4B for a more varied line quality. AND SMUDGING :D I love putting a lot of graphite on and smudging with an eraser :D


ShinHan Watercolors (24 color set) - Korean brand

Holbein Watercolors - Japanese brand

ShinHan Postercolors (24 color set) - I got these not too long ago in LA from a store called Tops Art Supplies. Pro-quality postercolors are hard to find in an average American art store so I had to go to one that had Korean products. Nicker is good too but I didn't know where to get Nicker poster colour anywhere other than on the internet T_T

Note: You don't need to get a ton of colors. If you want to be minimal it's good to have the primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) in cold and warm hues, and white.
Also sometimes it doesn't really matter what brand of paints you use- I know people who use crayola watercolors from elementary school and still make really beautiful pieces- Paper quality matters though. Please don't cheap out on paper XD


Aqua-flo brush (small, medium, and large) - I get these cheap portable brushes you can put water in (…) . They aren't super resilient but I like their shape and I actually sometimes use them without putting any water in them because they sorta seem to... absorb excess water. idk they seem to make water control easier for me.
They are basically super cheap versions of Niji waterbrush.

Round 1 - small brush for details

Flat 2 and 4 - I use flat brushes more for poster paints; but when I use them for water color it's usually for washes and splattering. Splattering is fun! just cover up the parts you dont want splattered, load up your brush (with not too much water) and
You can use a toothbrush for that too i think~

Micron Mini art brush- I have one if I feel like strenghtening the lines the piece with a paintbrush or to paint small tiny details. These brushes are super precise!

Paper towel- for watercoloring >O< I always like to paint with a paper towel around to wipe away mistakes and to make things dry faster so I can layer quickly.

Dunno if i should add a digital section or any other materials I use;;
If you want to know about them just request and I'll put info about them as well.
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Sennel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow! This is really nice! I like how you put together a recommendation list of what you use!! I wanna make one too. Haha. I love seeing things like this cuz I love to try different things too (when I can afford it)
b-snippet Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
I put up a list because people ask me a lot about what materials I use! I saw your list too *u* )/ Glad you made one!
Chalaite Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh this is nice to know! * 0 *
Except I've been to art shops here and never seen any of the brands you listed OTL ;;
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
:'D What... none of them at all??
what brands do you have over there then?
I don't know very much about Asian brands besides a few Japanese and Korean ones T_T
Chalaite Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah! I've only heard of Holbein because I read it from a book somewhere @A@
Mainly I use Alpha watercolors because they aren't too pricey.
But if I go to art stores I see brands like Daler Rowney, Schminke and...... I can't remember anymore haha ;;
Alpha is a Korean brand though, I don't know much on watercolor because I don't use them as often as I use Copics :'D
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
i never heard of Alpha but I heard of the other two.
but hey it's totally okay if you dont use the most expensive brand or anything- Donguri uses crayola which is what elementary kids here use (and she's godly so...)

oh man copic is so expensive ;o; if i was better at markers maybe i'd buy them but for now i will have to settle with my prismas >O<
Chalaite Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I think using cheap ones and making the final piece look expensive is an amazing feat ; v ;
Alpha is nice to use for me, and probably the easiest one to find here OTL
The other ones I named are only found it art shops in another city where I go to get copics /sigh/

I invest on Copics since I suck terrifically at watercolor and color pencils <:3c
Also, I'm not too bad at it....... I think ;;
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist

ohh i meant i have prismacolor markers. i tried prismacolor pencils that my sister had but i dont think i use them right because they get waxy?? and idk i can't get them to look right OTL
Chalaite Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student General Artist
7 color set......... she's .... such a practical person LOLOLOLOL

ohhh okay, I tried Faber Castell andddd Colleen for colour pencils.
I very much prefer Colleen because, yeah, less waxy.
But prismas are too expensive for me to even test them ; u ;
Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Forgive me if you mentioned this elsewhere, but when you talk about splattering and covering parts of the painting up, what do you usually use to cover things up? :3

It was fun to read this, since I do many of the same things! heheh
watercolors are great, aren't they?
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
usually paper towel or scrap paper. If i want to be really specific about where to splatter, i cut out shapes from scrap paper i dont want any splatters on. ^o^

cool! yeah theyre a lot of fun :D
I like your watercolor style~ it is really bright and bold~!<3
Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So do you glue those scraps down? (How do they stay in place?)

Haha, thank you! The saturation is upped a bit on the computer, but I'm told they're pretty solid in real life, too! Thanks again! <3
b-snippet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
I just lay the scraps down without glue or anything. Then I splatter the paint on top. As long as theres no wind or other force to move it, the paper stays in place :)
Rin-Uzuki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and you can peel it off without the paper sticking? Huh... that's amazing! (maybe my paints are too sticky.)
b-snippet Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh i make sure the paint on the bottom dries first :D
hmm i dont think watercolor paint is supposed to be sticky though... maybe gouache is sticky though I have no idea :O
Hokaru Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been wanting to try watercolors for a while but I didn't really know where to start or what exactly to buy dfsdf
so thank you this is very helpful !! *A*
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad this is helpful! Hope you like the medium and have fun with it XD
can't wait to see your watercolor work :D
ah-bao Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I wish you had photos too. ;u;

Your supplies look like they've been tailored for your use; have you ever tried any that you disliked? Birries, you're so experienced hehe, thank you for sharing this~!

ALSO YOU'RE JOINING 114711?? Kaiki told me that you'd be posting on there too /kinda excite. // *U*
b-snippet Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
ohh hmm i'll put some up later XD thanks for the suggestion~

i've tried my friends watercolors.. i forgot what brand they were but i didnt like them lol; and uhh i tried using winsor and newton inks but those are not for me :O

(and yea i joined 114711 >///o////< )
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