Favorite Products

I’m regularly asked for my favorite items in all sorts of categories….and while it’s never possible to list EVERYthing in my craft room – scroll down to find what you need, and see if what I have in my studio might work for you. It may not – but you never know, right? 🙂

Note that this page will continue to be updated; the plan is to also add links to posts with videos using some of these items, too…but in the meantime just search for the product and you can possibly locate it yourself. #needmoretime! 🙂

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Copics

Copics

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Colored Pencils (dry)

Colored Pencils (dry)

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  • I’m a Prismacolor girl! I have the full set. But you can purchase color-by-color too.
  • My pencil technique is well-explained here.
  • Sharpener: I’ve found THIS one and love it! For travel I use this one.
  • Some folks like using Gamsol – but I like plain old baby oil better (if I use anything to blend it. I generally prefer the look of just the pencil.)
  • I store pencils in cases – the small one for neutrals and large one for everything else. (Two of them accomodate the entire Prismacolor collection.)
  • A hexchart is on the way eventually!

Watercolor, brushes, & papers

Watercolor, brushes, & papers

There’s a LONG “Getting started with watercolor” post HERE – with info on papers, brushes and paints. Below is a quick list of favorites, Compensated affiliate links may used. Read more.

  • Favorite brushes – oh em gee. Love. Try one and see if you agree. 2, 4, & 6 round are where I started, but now I tend to use 8 and 12 most, and I’ve got a 1″ flat as well that’s becoming a favorite.
  • Most favorite ever watercolors: Daniel Smith! Start with the set of 6 basics, then go through my Paintalong series to find out how you can mix colors to make everything you need out of just 6.
  • Pan Paints:
    • My go-to pan paints for papercrafters with nice big pans (easiest to use, imho) are my Gansai Tambi. I have the 36-set but you can do wonderful things with the smaller sets too.
    • Good pans for travel and everyday use are the Koi. I took these and others to Europe with me in 2015 and they were the best for that trip!
    • Pricey small travel pan sets: W&N and Holbein – In all honesty I don’t use these much except if traveling.
  • Dr PhMartin Hydrus – intense and delicious. They come in three sets of 12 bottles, no duplicates between them. They dry permanently – which means you can layer over them without “lifting” color you’ve already put down, as long as you wait til it’s completely dry.
  • Hardbord for taping down my paper, and I use the yellow or green Frog tapes (they seem to work the same).
  • Masking fluid in a bottle with a nib (paint is green), or in a jar to use with brush that’s WHITE or ORANGE. All three brands seem to work the same, it’s a matter of how you want to apply it and what color you want it to be.
  • Three-tiered brush washer for dirty, less dirty, and clean water.
  • Favorite inexpensive paper for practicing, and favorite papers for finished work (absolute fave is the rough!)

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Pencils

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  • Pencils: the more you pay, as always, the better the quality. See comparison HERE. My recommendations:
    •  Prima pencils are widely available in craft stores, they work okay, and are inexpensive. Soft color,  not much richness. Note that if you buy all the sets you’ll end up with 18 duplicates, some will be duplicated several times.
    • Albrecht Durer pencils – Very nice artist quality pencils!  I have the full set. Yum.
    • Caran d’Ache Museum Aquarelle pencils – Superb in quality, both intense color and application.
  • ALSO! I just love my Inktense pencils – but they are an ink, so they dry permanently. Mostly permanently at least!
  • I store pencils in cases like this one.
  • Sharpener: I’ve found THIS one and love it! For travel I use this one.

Watercolor Markers

Water-based Markers

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  • There are so many water-based/water-soluble pens out there. Use what you have! Please don’t feel you “need” a new set just because it’s the latest rage. These are listed in price order, lowest to highest – and as always, the higher end markers tend to gain best results.
    • Marvy LePlume II – A mix of colors, more realistic than vibrant; easily soluble with water on watercolor paper. Brush nib plus a SUPER TINY bullet nib that I love. 108 colors.
    • Tombow – A mix of vibrant and dull colors; easily soluble with water on watercolor paper. Brush and bullet nibs. 96 colors.
    • Zig Clean Color – Very vibrant colors; single nib is an actual brush nib. Works on watercolor paper with water (they run quickly with water – and some change color entirely when mixed with water.) But these also color fairly well on some non-watercolor papers. Great for coloring books. 80 colors.
    • Ranger Distress Markers – Great for a variety of techniques, but not terribly soluble when applied directly to paper – palette use almost always helpful. 60(ish) colors and always being added to.
  • Some watercolor techniques are best achieved with pens rather than brushes and a palette. But don’t forget you can apply watercolor markers direct to stamps as well as scribble on a palette!

Watercolor Powders

Watercolor Powders

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Watercolor powders have been around for decades – and are so much fun! See this post for more info than you could stand on the powders – including some buying tips and comparisons to help you get started. Brusho is my preference – they’ve been around for over 25 years. It is artist quality pigment, comes in 34 colors (2 just added), and retains a beautiful granular quality.

Watercolor Crayons

Watercolor Crayons

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Water-soluble oil pastel crayons are a heck of a lot of fun! I’ve tried gelatos and distress crayons but….not something I’d use much. There’s a good comparison HERE.

Basic Card Making Tools

Basic Card Making Tools

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Stamps

Stamps

Crazy huge category! Agh! #iloveallthestamps…here are just a few of my favorite companies. In alpha order so I don’t have to pick favorites, LOL! Compensated affiliate links may used. Read more.

Stamping Inks

Stamping Inks

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Bible Journalling

Bible Journaling

There’s an entire page filled with all this info right HERE.

Broadcasting Technology

Broadcasting Technology

  • Camera:  I shoot on a Canon EOS Rebel T5i.
  • Editing software: I edit in Final Cut Pro.
  • Tripod: I love the Mobile Grip 2 for my car, and Kitchen Desk Table Stand in the studio for live broadcasting – and with the ball adaptor, it works with my camera as well as my phone. Use coupon code sandyallnock to get 20% off any purchases at Arkon.