Art Products: Reviews of Digital and Traditional Artist Supplies



Most of my art mediums are usually oils, watercolors, pastel, acrylic and charcoal. I’ve occasionally used markers for some of my personalization jobs, where I paint on wood, glass, etc, and I need it to stay permanent, but that’s about it. For that type of work I’ve always used the. . . read more
First, let me just say that I’m not really a frame guy. I’ve never really cared for framing my canvases, preferring instead to paint the edges on gallery wrapped canvas. I’ve just always felt like most frames draw too much attention to themselves. Recently though I’ve been using up a. . . read more
Today I've taken three brands of watercolour pencils/sticks (Derwent Aquatone, Derwent Inktense, and Neocolor II) and compared them with and without water on rough watercolour paper. . . read more
Swiss-made Caran d’Ache Neocolor II watercolor crayons are available in a wide variety of strong bright colors. . . 84 to be exact. This combination of vibrant color and water-soluble media produces a watercolor crayon that is appropriate for professional use - such as watercolor. . . read more
Created in 2007, PanPastels are innovative pans of pastel pigment that are meant to be scooped, spread, and smoothed using specially-made Sofft painting knives and sponges.. . . read more
Unlike soft pastels or colored pencils, professional oil pastels are not available from dozens of manufacturers. There are only a few good artist-grade brands, each of which has its own proprietary formula.. . . read more
Derwent, an inventive UK pencil company, has come up with an art product unlike any other - ink pencils. These unique colored pencils (sold under the Inktense brand) are different enough from watercolor pencils that they're almost like a new medium.. . . read more
Ever get asked, "Where's the best place to find art supplies?" Or, "Where do you buy art materials? Online? Or from an actual store?" Well I asked again - and here are the stores that artists are recommending.. . . read more
Looking for pre-stretched, pre-primed canvas? My review of FrenchCanvas.com includes a 10% discount for artists who mention EmptyEasel.com when they buy a canvas. Buy quality stretched, primed, gallery wrap canvases for low prices at FrenchCanvas.com.. . . read more
When I bought my Wacom Graphire a few months ago it came with Corel Painter Essentials. Since I had Photoshop already, I didn’t even bother installing Painter at first—I figured that anything Corel Painter could offer me I could already do in Photoshop. Well, this week I actually took a. . . read more



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