Sheltering in Place - Building Your Home Art Studio

Updated: May 27, 2020

I'll be posting videos in the very near future on specific projects. Great projects start with good supplies. Here's a list to get started.


Stuff You Most Likely Have on Hand

Black Sharpie markers – Fine and Ultra Fine

Eraser/Retractable stick eraser*

Pencils – preferably Dixon Ticonderoga pencils

Pencil sharpener

Scissors

Colored pencils*

Colored markers*

*Product recommendations below if you don’t own or want to upgrade


Stuff You May Not Have in Your Cabinet

Watercolor paint set

Tempera paint set

Paint brushes

Plastic palette

Plastic water cup

Oil pastels

Watercolor paper 9 x 12

Bristol paper 9 x 12 (tempera paint)

Drawing paper 9 x 12 (colored pencils & oil pastels)


All art supplies can be purchased at dickblick.com. I’ve included item numbers so you may easily pick and choose what you need. They usually ship for free for orders over $35. Some items are tried and true staples at my studio; I’ve selected others to keep things cost effective for one or two art kids.


Richeson Semi-Moist Watercolor Sets

01770-1012

Standard Colors, Set of 12 - This set includes White, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, Brown, Green Gold, Turquoise Green, Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Purple, and Black.

I tend to dislike watercolor cakes and use liquid colors in the studio, however these are reasonably priced and got good reviews.


Crayola Tempera Paint

00081-1069

Set of 6, 2 oz bottles - This set contains 2 oz bottles of Radiant Red, Deep Blue, Bright Yellow, Cocoa Brown, Pure Black, and Ivory White.

This set includes brown rather than green. Brown is difficult to mix.


Princeton Real Value Series 9100 Brush Sets (3 options)

Natural Bristle, Short Handle, Set of 3

06223-9103

This natural bristle set contains three short handled brushes: Round 3, and Flat 4 and 8.

Good for Grades 1-3


Golden Taklon, Short Handle, Set of 4

06223-9116

Synthetic bristle set contains four short handled brushes: Round 1 and 4, and Shader 6 and 10.

Grades 3 & up. Contains a smaller brush good for detail work.


Natural Bristle, Long Handle, Set of 7

06223-9154

Round 2 and 6, Bright 6, Filbert 8, Fan 6, Flat 10, and Angular 6.

We use Round 2 & 8 in the studio, plus Round 1 for more detailed work.

Plastic 10-Well Paint Tray (Palette)

03041-1010

Not essential, but handy. You can use paper plates.


Plastic Water Cup

03068-1012

Not essential, but cheap and handy. Doubles as a 3.5” circle template


Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist Oil Pastel Set (16)

20012-0169


Watercolor Pad 9 x 12 - Blick Essentials 90 lb - 15 sheets

10180-1023


Bristol Pad 9 x 12 - Strathmore 300 - 20 sheets

13307-1013


Drawing Pad 9 x 12 - Blick Studio - 70 sheets

10314-1053


*Recommended Higher Quality Items

Mars Block Eraser

21500-0000

Mars Plastic Retractable Stick Eraser

21500-0002

Prismacolor Colored Pencils – 24 colors

20508-2409

Stabilo Power Markers, Wallet of 18 Colors

21292-0189






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