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[TSR Recommends] ESSENTIAL ART SUPPLIES!

There are a lot of posts on tsr that ask about the best materials to use for artistic purposes, whether you need them for Art at school or you just want to do it as a hobby here are TSR's recommended art essentials:

Sketchbook:
This is where to start, good quality paper is essential otherwise your creations will be below par. You cant do much art without a good sketchbook! they are records of your artistic journey, they dont have to be perfect. Some artists treat them more as scrap books, feel free to make mistakes!
If you want a proper spiral bound heavy duty one PinkPig is an excellent sketchbook producer. Their sketchbooks have thick good quality paper and they are affordable from Amazon or from Their Website :oink:
If you are more of a hobby artist and feel like something a bit more lightweight and casual Cass Art sell bundles of 3 A5/A4 sketchbooks, these little books have surprisingly high quality paper for such a cheap price!

Paintbrushes
The best paintbrushes i have found (and i've tried a lot) is this set from The Works. This is a very good set as the bristles are high quality (soft and not scratchy) and it contains a variety of brush shapes and heads, including very thin ones which is very helpful for fine detailed work.

Pencils
The top 3 most essential graphite pencils are HB, 2B and 6B. This will speed up your shading as 6B deposits a lot of dark graphite quickly due to it's soft lead whilst at the lower end HB can be used for shading lighter more intricate areas. Staedler does the best graphite pencils, you can purchase them in groups at Amazon (HB / 2B / 6B)
Whilst staedler do good graphite pencils, i personally find the leads of their coloured pencils too hard which makes it difficult to blend. If you want coloured pencils i would personally recommend Crayola coloured pencils as they have lovely soft leads that deposit easily on the page without you having to press really hard. They can be brought from most supermarkets such as ASDA in packs of 12 or 24, although i would recommend the 24 pack as the more colours you have when it comes to blending and shading the better
In terms of watercolour pencils, Staedler do a Good Set (apologies that these are expensive - i have a tin of 12 which i imagine would be cheaper but as i won it from an art competition i am unsure as to where it was brought from).

Paints
In terms of watercolour paint Major Brushes do high quality, reasonably priced watercolour sets of 12, 18 or 24. It is important to get high quality watercolours as cheap quality ones often are grainy and leave a nasty texture effect on the page. A bonus of getting a tin of watercolour is that you can use the lid as a mixing palette to mix your shades.
When it comes to acrylics, personally i love This Set from the Works although it says 'starter' kit on it i've used multiple packets of these as the colours are just so vibrant, it's hard sometimes to get such vibrant colours from mixing primary acrylic colours, having ready made colours is a blessing when it comes to trying to mix very exact shades. Although the tubes look small they do actually last quite a long time as due to the power of the colours you don't actually need that much of them to colour an area.
However i would say just be aware that they are quite runny, for this reason i never use the white in this set as you need quite a thick white to make white areas stand out (as white is easily overpowered by other colours). The white in this set is just too runny and thin to give a block white on a page. For this reason i buy my white paint separately from The Range.

Portfolio
The last thing you want when you have spent hours on a piece is for it to get destroyed in the rain or chewed by your dog :nope:. For this reason to protect your art and keep it safely stored in one place i recommend you purchase a portfolio. This is particularly important if you are taking your work outside to school, an exhibit or just moving it from one place to another. Not only does a portfolio protect your work from the elements but it also helps keep it flat and prevents it bending.
Amazon do good ones of various sizes. Portfolios with hinged handles are more comfortable than fixed handles as they move with your hand. Shoulder straps can also be ideal as if your portfolio is especially heavy sometimes the handles can bite into your handle after a while of carrying. Portfolios with little feet at the bottom also tend to last longer as the first thing that tends to go is the bottom corners if they scuff along the floor.

Hope this helps
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+ Fudenosuke brush pens, Brunel Franklin brush pens, Derwent Graphik fineliners
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+ Fudenosuke brush pens, Brunel Franklin brush pens, Derwent Graphik fineliners
Depends what art you are doing, stuff like promarkers wouldnt really be used in fine art a level, am saving those for [TSR recommeds] Design supplies
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This is amazing!

Do you have any recommendations of canvases? I've bought a few in the past from The Works but not sure if they were any good...
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Depending where abouts you are The Range has some very good deals on portfolios (as well as art/craft supplies in general: https://www.therange.co.uk/arts-and-.../art-supplies/ ). Which is good if you like to have a look.

Hobbycraft can be expensive but offer student discounts (and have some really great specialist stuff - Their Duck Tape selection is amazing.
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Oh and Lidl and Aldi are both great when they have stuff in stock :yes:
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CoolCavy

This is amazing!

Do you have any recommendations of canvases? I've bought a few in the past from The Works but not sure if they were any good...
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honestly i am not entirely sure since i havent really worked on canvass since i finished a-level art and i always just used to steal the canvasses in the store cupboard when i had to use them :getmecoat:
I think Home and Bargain sell some decent ones (they sell them individually in store) though
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honestly i am not entirely sure since i havent really worked on canvass since i finished a-level art and i always just used to steal the canvasses in the store cupboard when i had to use them :getmecoat:
I think Home and Bargain sell some decent ones (they sell them individually in store) though
Haha - free canvases are definitely the best canvases
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