Art Supplies Haul
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On a trip to Covent Garden I discovered Cass Art and it’s quickly become my favourite go-to place for art supplies. I went there in search of watercolour paper and found an amazing pad of 50 300 GSM smooth sheets for £18. I’ve been really impressed by the quality so I went online and ordered two boxes of art materials.
Firstly, I want to talk about my favourite purchase: a handful of paints from the Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache series.* I picked up two whites for colour mixing, along with a Flesh Tint, Primary Blue and Cobalt Turquoise (one of my favourite colours). I started using gouache recently and I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s so bold and vibrant with the opacity of something more like an oil paint, but it’s perfect for mixing with watercolour and using on paper for illustration. I always like the quality of paint from Winsor & Newton and these were no exception. It took me a while to get used to painting with gouache, but now I have the hang of it I can fully appreciate the super pigmented colours, fluidity and consistency of these tubes.
Next up is a calligraphy pen from Tombow. It was actually a free gift and so great for it to be included in my order. I love the chance to try new materials - I wouldn’t normally buy a calligraphy pen, but the brush tip is really fine and I’ve found it useful for adding detail to illustrations. They don’t seem to offer these pens individually on the site, but if you would like to take a look they do have a pack of 6 you can find here.
I decided to try a new brand of ink. This white ink is from Liquitex. It’s an acrylic ink and the reviews said that it is super pigmented, and they were right! I wanted a white for illustration highlights. Usually white inks aren’t think enough and sink into the other colours. This one is highly pigmented and lightfast, and has a permanent, water-resistant finish. I will be using it on watercolour paper but the description says you can use it on wood, silk and plastic. I’ve already used this a lot and really recommend it! If the other colours are as bright and fluid I can see myself purchasing growing a collection of Liquitex supplies.
Finally, paper! I purchased a few kinds of paper, including more pads of Cass Art’s own brand of smooth watercolour pads that I found in Covent Garden.* I’ve been using them for all my work recently and for less than £20 they’re absolutely fab.
I also picked up two new kinds of sketching paper. Because I love painting, drawing has become something I rush, and I’ve been wanting to get back into sketching. I ordered one pad of grey toned paper and one pad of tan toned paper.* I’ve seen a couple of artists creating gorgeous pieces on toned paper with really bold shadows and highlights. I have a white pastel pencil for highlights and a technical drawing pencil for sketching (this one isn’t in the haul video - I went back to Cass Art again and picked it up!)*
That’s everything! I loved opening these and trying the materials. I used some technical drawing pencil, white ink and gouache in my latest painting, Shards, which you can see here. Share any questions in the comments below.
All images © Hannah Rose Shaw