@Lynnie requested this list a very long time ago, but I haven't really had great answers to share. these are all photos of my actual supplies
  1. I use gouache
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    currently I'm liking Holbein but I've used others
  2. gouache is like an opaque watercolor
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    it's not easy to use (if you're new to it), it's very very expensive, and dries up. it's basically a pain in the ass but I love it. it has a unbelievably beautiful chalky texture that shows every paint stroke, and you can mix colors so precisely it feels like a magic wand more than a paintbrush.
  3. plastic six well palettes
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    I actually remembered this list draft because someone wrote kind of a rude comment to me on Instagram about why I use so many. I love to mix colors to find the perfect one and these enable me to do so and see exactly what I'm doing bc it's on a white background.
  4. Also I find them very pleasing and tidy to stack
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    though my house has not been as organized as this photo any other day in the past 5 yrs
  5. I keep hundreds of used palettes around because I can reactivate the paint with water.
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    and also because I HATE washing them. very useful if I really liked a past color i had mixed
  6. a good sketchbook
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    is like a good therapist
  7. nylon brushes
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    I can get very specific and nerdy about this so I'll leave it at that. tbh I find it gross and weird to paint with the hair of another animal so this is all I use.
  8. a good lamp
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    you can't see color without it. I hate LED and fluorescents of any kind and if you have them in your house, I will 100% assume you have no appreciation for art because how can you when your world is only green and pulsing and dead. this is one of my concerns about digital art- screens are so limited in color bc they're LED.. I'm worried more people aren't concerned about how this is effecting our visual culture.
  9. wood
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    versatile, wonderful
  10. a good pencil with a good eraser
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    I love CW Pencil Enterprises in New York City but honestly any free pencil from a hotel will do good work too. the good eraser is the harder part, since they go bad easily
  11. uniball micro deluxe
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    imo the only pen that matters
  12. tennis overgrip tape
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    I use it on brushes, pencils and pens to make them more comfortable
  13. vellum
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    screw newsprint, Tracingoaper, sketch paper, Bristol board, illustration board etc. team vellum.
  14. I'll let you in on a secret though
  15. it doesn't matter what you use
  16. some of my favorite stuff was made using whatever basic stuff I had lying around
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  17. or stuff that wasn't meant to be used the way I was using it
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  18. the chain stores are all the same
    Blick, Utrecht, Pearl, Artist & craftsman... they all have the same stuff. no surprises, no hidden gems.
  19. so just use whatever you're using and enjoy it!
  20. 🎨✏️🖍🖋🖌❤️