Her Favorite Mixed Media Art Supplies
There are art supplies you love and art supplies you simply can’t live without. Yes, each artist on her or his own creative desert island would choose a different group of ten art supplies and Sandrine Pelissier is no exception. Author of Painting Imaginary Flowers: Beautiful Blooms and Abstract Patterns in Mixed Media, Sandrine gives us her list of mixed media art supplies that she simply wouldn’t want to do without.
1-Dipping pen and ink
If you like to add patterns or drawings to your paintings, you will love using a dipping pen. One of the main advantage is that you can use or mix any color you want with fluid acrylics or ink and perfectly match the colors that are already in your painting. You will be able to use a dipping pen for a long time and will only have to change the nib occasionally, and it will never dry.
Fluid acrylic is an awesome medium, you can use it the way you would use watercolor, the main difference being that it won’t lift from paper or canvas, making it easy to layer colors.
Many of the methods you can use with watercolor to add texture will work with fluid acrylic as well, like alcohol, or salt.
Indian ink is very affordable and one of the best ways to get a very dark flat black in a painting or a drawing. It can be diluted in water for an infinite variety of greys. Alcohol textures will also work very well on a wet Indian ink wash.
Depending on the brand, you might need to fix Indian ink before varnishing or painting over as it might smudge.
Droppers are very useful to move paint around, but did you know that you can also use them to draw nice flowy lines with ink or fluid acrylic.
Dry pastels are a very versatile medium. They can be used dry of course but you can also mix them with water or medium for interesting effects.
When mixed with water dry pastels will look like watercolor or gouache and when painted over with medium, you will get interesting textures, but the medium will darken the pastel color.
My favorite use for dry pastels is to test a color on a painting in progress, they can be added on top of dried acrylic paint for example and then washed away with a soft cloth and water. That way you can try on different color options before deciding.
Acrylic medium has many uses. You can use it to make acrylic paint translucent while keeping its consistency intact, which is great for glazing techniques. You can also use it as adhesive when mounting paper on board. I also like to brush it over paper to change the paper texture, making it a bit similar to yupo paper.
Alcohol based inks are a lot of fun, in particular when used on top of a regular ink wet wash. It will make beautiful textures that can look like abstract flowers.
If you work with many different media, you will probably need at some point a fixative to make sure nothing smudges. Krylon workable fixative works wonders on watercolor washes, dry pastel, Indian ink, etc.
9-Sakura pigma micron marker
I like a good pen and Sakura pigma micron is very pleasant to use. Once dry it won’t smudge at all and you can even use it to draw on stones!
10-Yupo or stone paper
Water-resistant papers are very fun to use because a pencil will slide beautifully on the surface and paint will dry with very pronounced textures, making it easy to paint an abstract background to see shapes.
If Sandrine’s favorites have you raring to create, perhaps there is a unique bloom or bouquet in your future. Painting Imaginary Flowers: Beautiful Blooms and Abstract Patterns in Mixed Media is what we mean. It is a top-notch instruction guide from Sandrine on the wonderful world of pattern, flowers and mixed media.