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 my most used, and I’ve got a 1″ flat as well that’s becoming a favorite.
  • I’ve discovered a love for tube watercolors that I just hadn’t expected. But that’s because they’re 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.
  • 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 pan sets I love are W&N and Holbein – I’m spoiled now! In all honesty, the more you pay for watercolors, the more delicious you’ll find them.
  • Lately I’ve fallen madly in love with Dr PhMartin Hydrus – not useful for any travel but delicious. They come in three sets of 12, 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.
  • Hardboard 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 – it seems to be discontinued, I’m seeking a better option!
  • 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. At the time of this writing, I just purchased a bunch of these brands, so stay tuned for some comparison videos in coming weeks.
  • 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.

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.
    • Lyra Aqua Brush Duo Markers – Introductory markers – 24 colors.
    • 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.
    • Staedtler Marsgraphic Duo Watercolor Markers – Excellent coverage, high intensity of color, and great solubility. 10 colors. Not my absolute faves but hey- they’re fun.
  • 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 since the dawn of time – 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 – this line has been around for over 25 years. It is artist quality pigment, comes in 34 colors (2 just added), and retains a beautiful granular quality.
    •  ColorBurst by Ken Olvier – Colors are very vibrant. These pigments move more and become more washy than the brusho; each bottle contains half the amount of brusho,and for about the same price.

Watercolor Crayons

Watercolor Crayons

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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 15% off any purchases at Arkon.