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Old 01-24-2013, 07:32 AM
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Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Since we're now in 2013, I thought that we should start a new thread rather than still bragging about our new goodies in the 2012 thread (I did look to see if a 2013 thread has been started by someone else but I didn't see one). I haven't got anything new myself in the last week, but my Nan has inadvertently joined the ASAA fold since I've bought her a few art supplies to get set up; she has a folding palette with some WN and Holbein tube watercolour squeezed into it, a set of SoHo acrylic paints and various brushes.

Also, some of my fellow Addicts may recall that I was doing some lightfastness testing of various coloured pencil brands on my blog. I've updated that post here for anyone who wants to see it. For those who just want picture updates, here are the two test sheets side by side; the top one was kept in shadow for 6 months, and bottom one was stuck in my north facing window (I'm in south eastern Australia so that one gets the most sun).




The results were quite surprising as the Faber-Castell lines, which are meant to be one of the more lightfast lines, were outperformed by some of the equivalent Derwent lines, which are generally thought to have many fugitive colours.
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Re: Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Okay, so now I actually do have new art supplies of my own to show off I didn't buy these, though, they were free samples from Chroma:


In the box Chroma sent me were three Traditional Acrylic Mediums - Thin Gloss, Glazing Liquid and Regular Gel Gloss - and two paint colours. There was a Pthalo Blue tube of A2, which is meant to be lightfast but at student prices, and also a small bottle of Carbon Black Atelier Free Flow Acrylic, which is a new product Chroma have brought out. As far as I know, it can't be reactivated like the Atelier Interactive tube paint, but it is a much thinner consistency and has a more matte look than normal acrylics.

The three magazines in the front are ones I only stumbled upon recently, though I believe Australian Fine Art and Decorative Painting has been running for quite a few years. Someone at the newsagent had spilled Coke on it when it was sitting on the counter and they had to mark it down as damaged stock, so when they asked if I wanted to buy the three issues for just $5 in total I thought, why not? While most art magazines I've looked at previously have struck me as quite pointless (90% advertising, 10% artists talking about why they paint without any actual tips or demonstrations, and 100% terrible editing), I think FA&DP magazines would be good for a beginner artist to check out.

Each one contains around 10 demonstrations for the reader to follow along with (including a line drawing you can transfer) to create your own projects. Even if you don't use the same drawings, they're a good way to learn and practice your painting or drawing techniques. They use a variety of mediums; though pastels, acrylics and oils seem to be the most common, there have also been watercolours, coloured pencil drawings and mixed media. The artists used different styles as well, from photographic realism, impressionist to folk art, and cover a wide range of subjects (landscapes, florals and folk art decorations seem most popular, but there are also animal and people portraits as well).

(note: I'm not affiliated with Fine Art and Decorative Painting in any way, I'm just really happy to have actually found an art magazine I like lol)
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Re: Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Rebecca, thank you for the color charts. It is indeed surprising to see Derwent Coloursoft do so well.

I'm selling almost all of my art books here. In a few days, I'll put more art supplies up for sale. Keep posted.
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Re: Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Does anyone have any used empty OP boxes/package containers for like 12 or 24 pcs they are not using? I would gladly take them off your hands. And any foam you have lying around that they come in
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Re: Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Help me, help me! I succumbed to a Utrecht sale! I got charcoal pencils, watercolor paper and more R&F pigment sticks! I am taking an art class and having a blast! Will post my las test under the oil stick thread!
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Help me, help me! I succumbed to a Utrecht sale! I got charcoal pencils, watercolor paper and more R&F pigment sticks! I am taking an art class and having a blast! Will post my las test under the oil stick thread!

Sorry...there is nothing we can do for you now...ok everyone pack your bags and lets go...
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Rebecca, thank you for the color charts. It is indeed surprising to see Derwent Coloursoft do so well.

I'm selling almost all of my art books here. In a few days, I'll put more art supplies up for sale. Keep posted.
Lots of lovely art goodies you have there; if I lived in the US I would have snapped some up.

Doing these pencil tests has certainly been an enlightening exercise. I was definitely surprised to see how relatively poorly the Faber-Castell lines did against the equivalent Derwent lines. Still, I only used a limited number of colours from each set, and I know that some pigments by their nature are more fugitive than others. I am thinking of doing up colour charts for the full range of each set I own and conducting more lightfastness tests, just to give me a better picture of how lightfast the lines are as a whole.

I have also ordered a tin of 18 Caran d'Ache Supracolor pencils from eBay. I look forward to testing them, I will be interested to see if they are more lightfast than the Faber-Castell Albrecht-Durer watercolour pencils.
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Hi all, I got my "transparent R & F pigment sticks" and my Utrecht Watercolor paper and my charcoal sticks.! I also ordered some Kama Oil sticks... Why you might ask? Because they come in a smaller size and the colors are intriguing. Life is good!
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Re: Art Supply Addicts Anonymous - 2013

Thanks for the new thread. Let me know how you like the Kamas, Linda.

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Hi all, I got my "transparent R & F pigment sticks" and my Utrecht Watercolor paper and my charcoal sticks.! I also ordered some Kama Oil sticks... Why you might ask? Because they come in a smaller size and the colors are intriguing. Life is good!
How are you finding the Utrecht watercolour paper? Those pigment sticks sound interesting, will have to look them up (not that I need more art stuff, just out of curiosity )

While browsing eBay, I came across a small set of Derwent Signatures. Having never heard of the Signatures before, I Googled them to see what they were and decided to get the set, if for no other reason than to satisfy my curiosity:


I was undecided as to whether or not to open these pencils; since they're now almost impossible to find, I wondered if they'd have value as a collector's item. But there was a hole in the plastic wrap and I had originally bought them with the intention of seeing how they compared to other pencils, and with my Nan egging me on, I succumbed to the urge to open them and play with them However after doing a few small sketches with them, I can see why they were not popular. Far too hard and scratchy (Derwent Artists are sort of hard and dry but they still have a 'softness' about them that lets them blend and layer easily), and trying to blend or layer was a miserable failure. They are a nice looking pencil in a cute cardboard box, but for the way I draw, they are just unusable (I guess some people may like the texture but it seems that most do not).
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Hi!

Here is an example of oil sticks on clear gessoed watercolor paper. This one is turning out pretty well!

The Utrecht WC paper is great. I put a coat of clear gesso on it and then draw with charcoal. The oil sticks work better with some tooth.
I also used the Kama oil sticks, which are a perfect size for smaller sketches. I'm liking my purchases.

Have a great night!
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Linda, Thanks for your oil stick sample- very nice pooch!! I got some oil sticks a year ago (in the passion of supplies addiction) and haven't used them yet. Now that I know they will work on gesso & wc paper I am more likely to experiment. Thought I needed canvas, which complicated experimenting with new stuff. Why did you choose clear gesso instead of ordinary white?
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Thanks Candace! Clear gesso has more tooth! And it grabs the oil sticks better! I could spend all my time experimenting with my art supplies. I am really drawn (lol) to coloring as opposed to applying paint with a brush. Started with pastels (lung issues).
Oil pastels and then on to oil sticks. Oil sticks are extremely portable, I throw them in a Tupperware bowl and off I go. I also use color shapers to spread them around.
Maybe more than you wanted to know!
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Well, I finally gave in to trying the Erengi Art Aspirer. So here is part of my latest haul which include the Erengi set and artist trading cards.


Fun!
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Congrats on your Erengi. . . how do you like them?
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