Art Supply Haul

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The last "haul" post of any kind I posted was about books. It was fitting because this is mainly a book blog among other things. To mix up my already diverse blog posts, I decided to throw in an art supplies haul. (All prices are in USD and are approximate as of 2012.)

It wasn't like I had bought these on some crazy sale or something, but it was more like I needed to buy these things. These are all from either Michaels or DickBlick. 

1. Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paints (the paints on the left with the words "Basics" on the packaging)
I had bought a set of 6 Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylic (on the bottom right; I will get into specifics about it later in the post), and my teacher said I needed more colors and gave me a list of paints to buy. Some of the colors had contained more expensive materials, and were quite expensive (I think one of the colors that I needed was around $20/bottle.). I looked into Liquitex Basics because it was a Liquitex line, and cheaper. The colors that I bought were around $5/bottle. 

I think there may be some criticism about the price of the paints. It's my opinion that you should buy better paints if you can afford it. The consistency and strength of the colors are different, and while using better paints versus mediocre paints won't increase your skill, there is still is a marked difference between the end products. 

2. Liquitex Heavy Body Artist Acrylic
I bought mine for in a set of 6, for around $30 (It was around $45, but I had used a coupon at Michaels). This is around the individual price for the Liquitex Basics line (but the volume of the paint is different). There is a marked difference between the two lines. The Artist Acrylic is much thicker and creamier than the Basics. (The Basics feel like a watered down version of the Artist acrylic line.) I feel like the colors are more solid and intense in the Artist acrylic line. 

3. Langnickel Set of Brushes
I'm not picky in terms of brushes. As long it's not crappy and resembles a quality brush, it's usable. I'm overly concerned with the material that the brush is made out of. This brand seems quite nice, as the hair isn't falling out when you paint (I once had brushes that were like that. Worst brushes ever.). 

4. Dr. Martin's Bleedproof White (small bottle on left with red label)
I see manga-ka with this, so I bought it. It was quite pricey (around $8) for a small bottle. I don't really know if it was worth it? It's hard to say. It's an opaque white watercolor. I think white poster paint could be substituted for it... However, Bleedproof White does have a nice consistency and coverage. 

5. Copic Sketch Marker
I bought one Copic Sketch marker. There's so much hype around Copics and I wanted to try it out for myself. I bought Peach Puff (YR01), and I use it mainly as shading for skin areas. It's quite nice and very like painting? There's a brush tip which makes drawing details easier. However, it's quite pricey (a little more than $5/marker on DickBlick.)
6. DickBlick palette paper (blue pad under the acrylic bottles on the left)
I use a plastic palette for watercolors, but for acrylic I use a disposable palette. Why? Acrylic dries really easily, which makes painting so much quicker, but at the same time, it makes saving acrylic paint hard. I've heard of using sponges and special containers to store acrylic paint, but it's just too much work. Using a plastic palette is quite annoying because the paint always dries by the next time I use it. It's a pain to keep washing the dried lumps of paint out.

This palette paper is quite cheap, around $4 dollars for one pad of 50 sheets. 

7. Strathmore Palette Paper
It's a slightly thicker than the DickBlick palette paper. Works the same in my opinion, which is why I chose to buy more of DickBlick. Strathmore palette paper retails for around $7 at Michaels. 

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