My Favorite Art Supplies

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I have a lot of art supplies. Some I love more than others, and some very rarely see the light of day even if I think they are great. However, I pretty much never regret buying them. I just consider myself a “collector.” One day I might need them and then I’ll be glad I stashed them away. That’s how I rationalize it at least. 

I decided that each month I want to share with y’all some of my favorites. Each of the picks will be the ones I use the most, the ones I love the most, and the ones that I think are a good value. 

So let’s jump right in for the month of April. My first pick is Art Philosophy’s watercolors. They are under the name Prima Watercolor Confections on Amazon. 

 

Art Philosophy has several different palettes for sale. The one that I grab again and again is their Vintage Pastel collection. I am so in love with the colors in this palette that I actually recently bought a backup. 

Their pans are relatively inexpensive and have some really vivid colors. The paint quality is medium, which is perfect for a beginner or to practice. A lot of times I don’t want to use my most expensive art supplies if I am just playing around, and really I end up using my medium quality stuff much more because of that. It gives me anxiety to just toss a painting I made with Arches and Winsor and Newton paints, and therefore puts a lot of pressure on me to make something that is showcase worthy. The expense is forefront in my mind the whole time. 

***I am not affiliated in any way with Art Philosophy or Prima Marketing. They have not paid or influenced me for this review. This post was based entirely on my own opinions and experiences. However, I am in the Amazon Affiliate program. ***

Disclosure Statement: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Certain products or services, and links to the products or services are affiliate links. I may earn a commission for any purchases that you make. This will not incur additional cost to you, but greatly helps to support my business.

These paints have kind of a creamy texture, that is also slightly gritty. At first, I was not too keen on that, but I have grown to love it. They are perfect for painting nature scenes and it gives them a little more depth. I especially enjoy painting Agates or geodes with them. 

They also have an awesome collection of liquid watercolors. They are highly pigmented and are very easy to use. If you follow my Instagram you will notice that I have several videos where I paint with water and then drop their liquid watercolors in, and just let them do their thing. Sometimes, I sprinkle a little salt while it’s still wet. There is something very mesmerizing about how watercolor behaves if you don’t try and control it. 

I painted this flower with Art Philosophy’s Liquid Concentrates and their Pastel Dreams palette. 

I watered the concentrates down a lot so I could layer colors. They are actually very pigmented. 

Undiluted their concentrates produce some very rich colors. The Denim color is so pretty. 

***I am not affiliated in any way with Art Philosophy or Prima Marketing. They have not paid or influenced me for this review. This post was based entirely on my own opinions and experiences. However, I am in the Amazon Affiliate program. ***

Disclosure Statement: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Certain products or services, and links to the products or services are affiliate links. I may earn a commission for any purchases that you make. This will not incur additional cost to you, but greatly helps to support my business.

I bought the whole set of liquid watercolors about a year ago. 

As far as their lightfastness, I can’t really say. The info is not easy to find on their site. I read a few blogs that ran tests themselves, but the results were conflicting. You wouldn’t be able to find super high-quality paints for that price with any brand though. These are not, “I’m going to make my lifetime masterpiece,” paints. They are “I want to play around, experiment, and have fun,” paints, and there is nothing wrong with that. 

So to recap… I picked them as my first favorite because they are inexpensive, have some interesting properties, and have a wonderful range of colors. However, they are not ultra high-end paints and I can’t really vouch for their longevity. They do claim to be artist’s grade on their site.

Overall, I love them. I mean, obviously I love them enough to promote them. I use them as much as I use my more expensive products. Their creamy palettes and bright concentrates are great, and have helped me to create some beautiful artworks. 

Besides, Amazon, you can find them on their site (click here), and a lot of smaller stores carry them as well. 

If you buy them or already have them leave me a comment and tell me what you think, or tag me on Instagram @Artgamy and show me what you’ve created. 

Do you have any favorite products that you want to share? Let me know. I’m always up for adding to my art supply hoard! 

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