favorite art supplies, books, and more

art supplies

Gotta have a variety of alphabet stamps. And don’t forget the black ink pad, too!

I use these Shiva Oil Paintstiks for painting faces. Blendable, easy to use (with brushes or fingers!), and they dry in 24 hrs. Can’t get better than that.

Golden fluid acrylics are the main paint I use – great for transparency, building up layers (for less transparency), painting over collage papers, mixing colors, and more.

I love love love liquitex soft bodied acrylic paint (I prefer the jar over the tubes). These are just the right consistency – not too heavy, not too watery.

I love my table top easel. I waited years before I got one, but it was one of my smartest moves ever to finally invest in it. Love!

Can’t live without my brayer. I roll it right through my paint and then onto my canvas to create interest + texture.

I’m a huge fan of these distress ink pads, especially the “walnut ink” for adding distressing/aged touches.

Can’t live without gel medium – I use the soft gel in gloss. I use it under and over collage papers to glue and seal them to my canvas.

Obsessed with this black pencil. I use it to outline, smudge, dip in water. When used over dried gloss gel medium, it wipes away easily, making it perfect for drawing/erasing.

I use the fine tip black Pitt pen for outlining facial features, the colored brush tip pens for eye + lip color, + the skin tone pens for creating full faces.

I’ve tried a million white pens, and this is the best fine point white pen out there – oil based, will write over anything. Awesome for adding white details on paintings.

Worth every penny, I have this exact lamp on my studio table – shows true colors and saves my eyes from squinting.

I use these artist boards more than anything else. I like that they have a hard, smooth surface (vs textured canvas) which is perfect for painting faces.

My favorite canvas out there. Thick, gallery style sides and the sturdiness of the canvas can handle lot of mixed-media abuse (sanding, layers of paint, etc)

Simply follow the directions and be wow’d by what gold leaf can do for your paintings and craft projects. Love this stuff.

An absolute must have of mine - dries paint and gel medium so that I don’t have to wait.

Disposable palette paper – does it get any easier? Love this stuff.

Golden gesso is the best gesso out there. I use it to prep all of my surfaces before I apply any paint. Sand between applications to get a super smooth surface (for faces, for example).

Love using these graphite sticks for shading.

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I use Photoshop to format, size, color correct, etc when it comes to getting my images ready for prints.

This is the scanner I use to scan in all my original paintings. If my painting is larger than the scanner bed, I scan it in pieces, then piece it together in Photoshop program.

Worth every penny, this is the printer I use to print all my prints that I sell. I also use it to print all my large personal photos. It’s the bomb.

I’m a big fan of Epson’s Ultra Premium Luster Paper. I use this paper to print all of my prints that I sell as well as my personal photos. It’s STUNNING.

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radlabI use ALL the Totally Rad products to easily edit my photos, from their iphone app (PicTapGo) to their Photoshop actions, I’m a HUGE fan!

I’ve had this camera for years and I love it. I bought just the body and bought a lens separately. Easy to use but produces exceptional quality photos.

I love this lens for capturing everyday photos. Love how I can get close to my son for a shot yet the background is still caught with the wide lens.

This lens almost never comes off my camera. Perfect for portrait shots, macro/up-close shots. Love, love.

I’m a big fan of Epson’s Ultra Premium Luster Paper. I use this paper to print all of my prints that I sell as well as my personal photos. STUNNING.

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lilabookLilla Rogers, a well-loved and hugely successful licensing agent + artist spills her secrets on how to have fun and be successful with your art. Must read!

An awesome book that has inspired me to take better, unique, creative photos when it comes to capturing motherhood and family. Love!

The author is one of my besties and I can’t be prouder of her for creating such an AWESOME book. Full of how to’s, gorgeous ideas, beautiful inspiration, and more.

This book speaks into all the metaphors that the painting process mirrors in life. This isn’t a straight up how to book. It’s much more than that and offers great ideas on how to be brave while painting.

I deeply believe in the power of art. It saves us. It inspires us. It teaches us. This book shares some pretty amazing stories, inspiration, and prompts that speak to the power of art.

I love this book for it’s permission to explore and discover who we really are through photography, poetry, and many more creative exercises.

My husband and I agree: this book is the best photography book out there. Perfectly laid out, and awesome/unique ideas for capturing the feeling and essence of our everyday lives.

Bought on a whim, I just adore this book (and the art within it). Lots of creative exercises that will inspire you to do things just a bit differently.

I’m a huge fan of Misty Mawn and her book does not disappoint. Lots of how-to’s for a variety of mediums – love it.

Sabrina Ward Harrison is the artist that initially inspired me to begin creating mixed-media paintings. One peek into Spilling Open, and you’ll be inspired too. Eye candy galore.

This was one of the first books I bought way back when that showed me some well loved mixed-media techniques. A must for the beginner.

This was the first creative how-to book I bought and it helped me tremendously get started with collage and paint.

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123magicOne of the most effective + loving book I’ve read when it comes to discipline (for ages 2-12). MUST read for any parent.

the big leapA major eye opener when it comes to living the life we’ve always imagined!

broken openA book that transformed the way I see the inevitable difficult times I’ve had in my life.

anatomy of spiritThis book was a big resounding YES! Every. Single. Page

Another of Brene Brown’s books – this one made the NYT Bestseller list and for good reason. For anyone who wants to be brave in their lives, this book is for you. I LOVED it.

This book has fully informed my views on life, partnership, vulnerability, and more. I have read and re-read it. It’s a book that speaks my language and has changed my life.

I first read this book in college. It changed everything about my perspective, how I see and feel my way through life. A game/life changer.

As an artist, I have never related more to a book. Julia Cameron has gotten inside of my heart and mind and written a book about it all. A must read for any creative person.

After reading this book, our baby was indeed The Happiest Baby On The Block. A must must must for parents of newborns.

I consider Brene a dear friend. Every time I talk to her, I have an aha moment. This book is just like talking to her – you’ll have one aha after the next. A must read.