Supplies I'm 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. 

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00:00 S1: Hi everyone, let me see if I can get my get this slightly, that's much better. I've just got to go and close a few tabs that I've got open that should with the video quality. I'll give it a couple of minutes for everyone to show up and the we'll get started, okay?

01:44 S1: In the meantime, while we're waiting, I'd love to know where you're from, why you're here. So just let me know in the comments and I'll shout you out.

03:02 S1: Alright, that should be enough, we'll just get started and anyone who drops by can just follow along. Last time we were here live, that was last Saturday, I talked a bit about what I was I'm going to do in the next 30 days and how that's different from what I've been doing so far, and then why I've been doing what I've been doing and all that.

I'm seeing a bit of delay. I don't know if that's just me or... That should help... So that's what we talked about last time.

03:58 S1: If you want to catch up on that, you can always go to my blog and rewatch that recording and read more. So today I wanted to go over...

I'm sorry, I need to warm up a bit guys. So for today, I want to go a couple of my favourite supplies and why I love them as well.

So if you wanted to follow along with me for those 30 days or you're just curious or whatever, you...

04:42 S1: I can give you a bit of an insight in just what you need to paint and you know, just that if you have basic supplies, you can get started on a bit of a budget as well. That's what I've got for you today.

So first of all I thought I'd share a bit about these paints I decided to buy. I'm pretty allergic to a lot of these chemicals in paint products, probably a lot of you are as well.

05:17 S1: So it wasn't something that I considered a problem at first when I first took my first painting course. I knew I was allergic to different chemicals in commercial products, commercial paints and stuff, I didn't really consider that at first.

It's taken a while for me to find products that worked for me and are available here in Belgium as well. A lot of these brands aren't that easily availability and you do have to go in and search for them.

I've been using acrylic paints, which come in tubes like this. The two brands that I... Sorry...

06:24 S1: I've got a port cater for infusions and it's bugging me.

Sorry, the two brands that I found that I'm not allergic too are these acrylic paints by Liquitex and... Hang on... Adjust the camera...

And I'll write these down in a blog post for you later on as well. And then Amsterdam Acrylics, fortunately, both of these are also made in Europe, which is what I also found quite important.

I found that that a lot of these cheaper brands are all made in China. It doesn't have to be specifically Europe, but I'd just rather not buy anything that's from China.

It's quite silly when we've got the infrastructure in the US or in the UK, or in the rest of Europe, to then go and buy these things all the way from china, and then have them shipped here.

07:44 S1: So that I think it's quite nice that if brands to decide to keep their production here to then support them. So both these Amsterdam and these Liquitex brands are made in Europe.

The Liquitex is from France and the Amsterdam Acrylics are, who knew, from the netherlands.

08:07 S1: So that's what I've been using and I'm not at all allergic to These so I can just use them and I don't have to worry. These other brands of acrylic paints, as soon as I inhale [that sounds wrong], I smell, the products, I get really bad tachycardia and my lips start cracking and bleeding. So it's something I have to keep in mind.

These are two brands that I use that work great, but I've been preferring the Liquitex brand. They're there, unfortunately, like three times the cost of these Amsterdam tubes, and they are also half the size.

So there are a lot more expensive, but they do have a lot better sort off... The color of them is just way better. That make a difference.

09:27 S1: Yeah. I both really like these. You don't really need that much more to get started painting. But what I do like about these Amsterdam Acrylics, is that they also come in these really small tubes. .... Also, I cut my finger earlier...

So they come in these really small tubes. They cost, I think, in dollars about a dollar 50 each. So you can just get maybe fine or six of these individually, and then you can just try it out. So that's really sorta low cost thing to get started with.

I haven't seen these in all shops though... Because my local store has these but the big store that I tend to go to, doesn't so...

10:35 S1: What else was I going to say about these pains, that's it really... You could just get a couple of these tiny ones and get started.

You would also need just a handful of these quite big brushes, which is quite a bit, bigger than you would expect from... I don't think you can see the scale properly, they're like, one, maybe one and a half inches, I think wide. And then the smaller ones, I got these online because I just couldn't find any of them cheaper.

11:17 S1: So, really, all you need is... I've also got a small jam jar or mayonaise jar in this case. I use that for some water to rinse my brushes.

And then a couple of these small paint tubes, and then just three brushes. And that's really all you need to get started with acrylic abstract or anything else painting. Hi Melissa!

11:54 S1: Other than that, I just thought I'd go over, now that we've talked about acrylic paint... Sorry, I got stuck in my sentence...

So those supplies and you know, some paper as well, you could probably get for between 10 and 15 dollars, that just sort of to get your started.

12:28 S1: You too, Missy! Thanks for being here. Between 10 and 15 dollars, you could definitely pick up some of these small supplies and just sort of get started, if you wanted to of course.

I'm also doing some drawing and handlettering in these next 30 days. I thought for the rest of our time here, I just show you a bit of what I'm using for that.

13:19 S1: For my watercoloring, I've been forgetting to show you some of examples of what I've been doing so behind me there... Hang on, mirrored... There... You can't really see properly anymore because it's getting dark here and now my head's, whoa, terrible.

I'll figure it out at some point. So that's one of my... I mean cmon, why is this so hard. Does anyone else feel that's really hard? Because the image... What I'm seeing is mirrored to like...

So yeah that's... Thanks Missy! So that's one of the, oh, come on, honestly! Haha, this is turning into a really bad comedy show now.

14:15 S1: So that's one of my paintings that I've done. That's just like a small print so and then the illustrations that I've been doing

These are just a couple of the things I've made with these... No, that way... The next couple of things I'll show you, like a cute little, arrgh, that way, sorry guys! This is so hard.

A cute little caravan and the ficus and the little sideboard. So the ficus is standing right there so that that's quite funny. I'll just show you.

It's real life, this. Okay, that's way to dark. Sorry guys. I figured I just show you. It's real live version that's not gonna happen. It's just too darn dark.

15:22 S1: So really for doing this sort of thing, really all you need is obviously some watercolor paper and then a sharpie. Very, very fancy.

Now, what I've also really been enjoying... Yeah, I know Missy! It's mirrored! It's like putting makeup on in the mirror... It just doesn't make any sense or like brushing your hair or something in the mirror.

16:07 S1: But what I really enjoyed with these watercolor drawings, it's called a waterbrush, not sure if that's it fancy name, and they're just like really cool because...

I didn't feel too keen on buying these regular watercolor brushes, I always felt like, you know, in primary school, when you got those boxes of 20 different watercolor thingies and you get those horrible brushes that...

I don't know, it just never felt like I never really enjoyed painting with them. And so I did to buy anything similar to that. So I got these water brushes.

17:16 S1: They come in a pack of four and essentially you just twist off the cap and you can fill them with water or you can even fill them with ink too. That's pretty cool.

You just fill them and paint with them. I haven't had much success actually filling these with water. I use them as a regular brush, but they're quite nice.

And then just a small little watercolor pan set. I did get probably the most expensive option at the shop, which isn't what I would recommend, really.

18:05 S1: These were the only ones there by Schminke. There are a German brand, it's got a cute owl. The reason I got these was because the other brands were all also made in China.

I figured I'd just get the proper stuff instead. And that's it really, that's all you need to get started with watercoloring.

Just some paper and then a sharpie, a brush and some watercolor paints. Really, with these 12 you can do any color you want.

18:53 S1: For hand lettering, It gets even easier, all you need is this, and a pencil but everyone knows what a pencil looks like. That's all you would need for handlettering as well as something to practice with.

And then maybe a course or a book. Those are the basic sort of supplies to get you start with something creative.

19:27 S1: And really all of these you could probably pick up for, I'd say... Hi Alli! So you could pick them up for about 20 dollars. If You wanted to explore some watercoloring that would probably cost you about 20 dollars in supplies.

And obviously that lasts you quite a while, a set like these, well, these were a lot more expensive than that 20 dollars, but the cheaper brands as well they have like 12 of these, these small colors and they... They do last forever.

20:18 S1: Obviously, the handlettering is a lot cheaper, which is just like two dollars or something. I don't know how much sharpies are on average, but because I order them all online so they're more like $4 each.

If you get them from a shop, they're not expensive at all. That's all it is really, 20 dollars, bit more or a bit less, to get you started in each of these, disciplines sounds odd, but you know, just, in, well, we'll go with disciplines...

In each of these things, you'd need about $20 to get you started with something creative.

That's all I had to share for today. We talked a bit about watercolor and illustrating. We talked a bit about handlettering and what you would need and then we also mentioned a bit about acrylic paints and the brands that I'm not allergic too.

That's it for this video, next time we'll talk a bit about what I'm working on right now or how you can join in and also the courses that I've taken. I'll see you next time, I hope. Bye everyone! Thanks, Missy!

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.


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


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