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The Materials

All artists love their materials and I’m no exception! I like to try out different compasses whenever possible, but so far my quick-release Staedtler and Jakar compasses with mechanical pencils have served me well. I have a range of leads for my mechanical pencils (6H to 6B), and the Mono zero eraser is very handy for geometry. I combine different watercolour brands within the professional range (Daniel Smith, Schmincke, QOR and Windsor & Newton are my favourites) as well as natural pigments, leaf gold and shell gold. I mix and conserve my paint in shells gathered from beaches around the world. For each artwork, I might fill up to twenty shells with differing shades and gradations in hue. I find it a cheap and practical way to blend and store the many small amounts of watercolour paint needed for a project. For a geometry layout I like to use paper with a very resistant, extra smooth surface (e.g. Bristol Clairefontaine 205g/m2, smooth surface, A3) and for painting my preference is for acid free, age resistant, natural white watercolour paper (e.g. Hahnemúhle Britania or Fabriano Watercolour 300g/m2,, fine or rough). The brushes I use for painting are fine sable (sizes 000-1), except when applying paint using a ‘splash’ technique.

 

Thursday, 30 March 2017