A Back To School Art Haul

It’s September again which means having to buy art supplies for another year at college. However this year I decided to wait a few weeks so I had a better understanding of what I would be needing for the upcoming year (most of which I already had), this also meant I could take advantage of Cass Arts student day and get extra money off along with a few freebies. Anyway here’s what I got.

The thing about graphic design is that there is no specific medium you have to use while going through the design process. The only important thing is that you get your ideas down quickly. This means marker pens are a good thing to have and my particular favourite are the Tombow Dual Brush Markers. These don’t bleed through paper, they blend well and you can add water to them for a more watercolour type effect.

A few months ago I bought a pad of Cass Art’s rough watercolour paper and though I’ve had a problem with a few sheets resisting water in places I actually really like it. So I decided to buy a pad of the smooth watercolour paper as well (I’ve actually used some of this already and I really like it).

I also bought some Staedtler pigment liners in the 03 size. Not really anything I can say about these. It’s just a regular pen. But I’m finding the 03 size is what I prefer best.

If you spent over £20 you also got a whole bunch of art supplies which included pens, pencils, a bottle of ink and a whole tin of pens from Windsor & Newton. As you can see below I tried out the Ecoline brush pen and ink and I really like them for lettering.

The Windsor & Newton pens I wasn’t so amazed by. I found that most of them bled pretty badly in my sketchbook. I’ve also heard that for the pigment marker you really need to have the special marker paper made by W&N for them to work properly, but it was still nice getting to try them.

I also need to mention that Liquitex paint marker. It was so cool, it’s literally like writing with acrylic paint. But it comes out a pen. I don’t think there is any reason why I would need more of those pens but I want them.

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