More art tools I can't live without

September 3, 2016


I have a number of tools that help me to create my art and I would be lost without them!


Do you have any tools that make creating your art easier?


If you have been following my blogs you may remember I previously listed the following tools as my favourites:


1      Proportional Divider

2      Tablet

3      Daylight Lamp

4      Table Easel

5      Incredible Brush Cleaner

6      Pastel Catching Tray

7      Latex Gloves

8      Memory Foam Mat


Here are some more tools to add to that list:


9      Foam Rollers – I bought these small rollers from Bunnings and use them to apply my gesso and apply the background on some of my paintings. I also use them to paint the edges of my stretched canvases.



10   Natural Sponge – I love how soft they become when they are dampened and how you can mould them into different shapes to depict seagrass on the ocean floor.



11   Small Table on Castors – This was made for me by my late Father-in-Law. It was originally made as a table to hold my pastels and has a lip around the edge so they didn’t roll off. Now I use it for my laptop and to attach my tablet and large daylight lamp. Because it is on castors it can follow me around the studio.


12   Palette Knife – I have only just started using the palette knife for painting instead of just mixing the paint. I love how the colours merge together when applied with the palette knife and think I will experiment more with this tool.



13   Picasa – This is free photo editing software available to download. I use it all the time to crop my photos prior to painting. It does lots of cool things to photos, most of which I don’t really use but they are there in case I ever need them. I believe Picasa is soon to be replaced by Google Photos so I’ll have to update.



14   Fine Water Sprayer – This is made by Atelier (in the smaller blue bottle) and much better than using the normal sprayer if you need to dampen a section of your painting as it uses a fine mist rather than big droplets.


15   Easel – I bought my first easel about 12 months ago and love it. Before that I used a drafting table for my pastels and attached a piece of timber across it to sit my canvases on. Now I have both and can move between the two.


16   Comfy Chair – I have had my gas-lift chair for about 20 years and it is still as comfortable as it was back then. I can move it up and down and swivel it all around … do the hokey pokey! That’s what it’s all about



Supporting Others


Happy to advise that an amount of $3,000 was raised by the charity art auction in aid of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service organised by Ocean Blue Gallery at Belmont. I contributed two pastel paintings to the auction, which I believe is going to be an annual event.









Happy creating!


Carole :)



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