Supplies I'm using and loving for my 30 days of painting and drawing

Hi everyone!

I thought I'd talk a bit today about the different products I'm using for my 30 days of painting and drawing. 

If you're not sure what I'm talking about, head on over to the first post in this series right here.

I started painting last April/May so I've been collecting all of these supplies since then. Some of these are quite pricey so I've bought a few things to get started and then expanded. 

Basic supplies to get you started

I'm seriously allergic to so many paint brands (like full blown cracked, bleeding lips). A lot of brands are harder to find here in Europe too. So I've been on a bit of a quest to find the right products for me. 

Drawing and handlettering

If you want to try drawing or hand lettering (that's writing those graceful letters you see on greeting cards, ads, posters etc), you can get started with just some printer paper and a pencil or a sharpie type marker.

I have found that sharpies bleed quite easily and they don't stay crisp either. At least when you're using regular paper. 

They're a great place to get started though!

Acrylic paints

I've been using two brands, Liquitex and Amsterdam Acrylics. Liquitex invented acrylics (according to their site) in the 50's, who knew? They've got clear statements on their website about the allergens in their products, yay!

They don't contain latex, formaldehyde and are gluten, dairy etc free as well. Go liquitex! They're all (other than their basics range) made in France as well, also yay!

The Amsterdam acrylics are made by Dutch brand Talens. If you're from this tiny part of the world, then yes, Talens, the brand that made every primary school craft supply. Them. The colour range is lovely, made in the Netherlands. They aren't as clear about allergens on their website as Liquitex, though. Maybe because Liquitex costs three times more?

They start at €6/$7-ish and go up from there. The Liquitex ones are a lot nicer in terms of colour though! The Amsterdam student range costs €4.5 per tube and they're twice the size. Yeah, big difference.

I do want to point out that I'm using the 'student' range from Amsterdam and the professional range from Liquitex. Acrylic paints (and I suppose other types of paint) come in different versions, they all have a student/basics range and a professional range.

The Amsterdam professional range smells a lot more intense than their student range so I haven't bought any of them. If it smells very chemical, chances are I'll get that allergic reaction.


The brushes, I found on Amazon. I think it took me two weeks of research to find decent affordable brushes. These were made in China. In my defense, I only realized way after buying them. They're by Royal and Langnickel and came in a pack of three.

They were more expensive than I wanted but it took forever to find anything in the $10-$15 range so I figured that was good enough. They cost on on average $10, I got two different sets, they had three brushes each.


The paper I went with is Canson's Mixed Media paper. It's an XL version and they came in at $12 for 30 A3 sized papers. I quite like the paper but will look at their watercolour paper next time I'm in the art supply store instead. 

Watercolor paints

What I got most recently was a set of watercolours by Schminke, they're made in Germany. They do use animal products and I didn't find information on gluten/latex etc on their website. They do have an amazing amount of pigment in the individual paints though! The colour of each of them is soo intense. They're a joy to use.

If you're in the US, I'd suggest looking at other brands, I saw them on amazon for $90 for the small set of colours I got! I paid $40 at my local art store and felt that that was definitely enough. I got a set of 12 paints.

That's it for today, I hope you're enjoying this series and want do start doing something creative as well.


Products and brands mentioned in this post and video:

Do check out local brands to where you are and what's available at art stores near you. 


Catch up on the other posts in this series...