Watercolor Art & Fashion Illustration

Current Favorite Art Supplies Roundup

Posted on October 25 2017

Current Favorite Art Supplies Roundup

A few of you have asked me about the art supplies I use for my paintings and fashion illustrations, so I thought I'd share! I feel like discovering a new favorite medium/tool is the equivalent of a child getting a cool new toy - I just can't wait to play!

Current Favorite Art Supplies Roundup by Maria Ahrens, Watercolor artist and fashion illustrator

My Current Favorite Art Supplies Roundup

Artist's Loft Watercolor Pad

While I love the quality of Strathmore, I believe that these Artist's Loft pads are a really good deal for the quality of the paper. They are a great budget-friendly alternative for when I know I'm going to be doing a lot of test paintings or playing around with different techniques.

Canson XL Mix Media Pad

I purchased one of these on a whim to bring on our trip to Ethiopia this summer because it was small and versatile, but I think I'm now hooked! I really like using this pad for my fashion illustrations when using art markers and pens. I've never tried watercolor on this one.

Kneaded Erasers

These are just plain fun. They're very handy tools for illustration because you can mold them into different shapes, like Play-Doh.

Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick

Out of all my art supplies, this simple tool might be my favorite thing. It's like a mechanical pencil - except it's an eraser! It's great for removing excess pencil lines and small imperfections that I can't get with my kneaded eraser. Talk about precision.

Sakura Pigma Micron Ink Pen Set

I love the archival ink in these pens because it doesn't smear when I use it with watercolor. These come in a variety of widths, and I actually use them to sign my giclee prints as well.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

These are a bit pricier, but they've been worth every penny. Each marker has two different tips, making them great for brush lettering, illustrations, and everything in between. They blend very nicely too, which can't be said for all art markers out there.

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolors

I started adding these watercolors to my stash when my original set started to run out. This brand has not disappointed. The colors are vibrant and the paint is so smooth, making them a dream to work with!


Thanks for reading! And if you've tried any of these or have any recommendations, I'd love to hear about it.

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