Arts and craft projects
My favourite art supplies5:10 PM
I get asked quite frequently where I get all my art supplies. It's an easy enough question to answer when it comes from people living in my neighbourhood. We are blessed to have a well stocked stationery and art supply shop that pretty much sells everything.
I also sometimes have some people who do not reside in India but visit the country frequently enough being amazed at the fact I manage to do craft project. Those who fall in this category are usually married to Indians but only visit for vacation and have in-laws who aren't particularly crafty or art inclined.
Doing serious crafty things is something that has become more "mainstream" only fairly recently, and yes, when I was still fairly new to India, I did feel a tad bit frustrated trying to find art supplies. This post from 2006 sums up this particular frustration I had pretty well.
I followed up with a rather brief post in 2014 about where to find basics craft supplies (A post I will have to revamp soon).
What I never did though, is giving you a rundown of my favourite brands and art supplies items.
To make this post easier, I am going to tap into my Amazon affiliate program and give you links of items you can easily find on Amazon, but know there are many other shopping source for those items (including your local stationery shop).
So, are you ready to know what I consider a good buy when it comes to arts and craft supplies?
Let's dive in!
Acrylic paint is my ABSOLUTE favourite paint. Most of the paint project featured on this blog have been done with Acrylic paint, and my favourite, cost effective and easy to find just about anywhere brand is Camel.
I usually buy each tube separately in the large or medium size because I use it enough to make it worth it. If you are new to painting and wish to stick to just paper and canvas painting at first, I recommend getting yourself a set like the one in the picture above. If you like it, you can still build on it and graduate to bigger tubes, or even pots.
Note though that Poster paint and Acrylic paint are two VERY different paints. Acrylic paint becomes waterproof once it has dried up, poster paint remains water soluble.
If you are confused about paints and their uses, I created a very handy little guide to artists paints last year.
3D liner / glitter glue
If you've been following this blog long enough, you know I am totally addicted to the stuff, especially the gold liner and gold glitter liner.
This stuff really holds to just about any surface. The best quality one is from Fevicryl (a brand that belongs the Pidilite, the maker of Fevicol). The other brand that is giving excellent results (at par with Fevicryl) is Camel. Seriously when it comes to pain and art supplies Camel, or Camlin Kokuyo which is the same brand is pretty much a name you can trust for quality.
If you are into journaling and scrapbooking, these cute little paper punchers are going to be your best friends.
They exist in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, some more expensive than others. The cheap ones are still decent enough and I own a few. I think the most famous project that involved a paper punch was Ishita's fairy house.
Be mindful though that the cheaper, non branded ones tend to become a bit rusty and aren't quite sharp to begin with. You'll need to punch really really hard at time (great stress buster though).
If you have a significantly big enough project or find yourself using a shape more often than not, invest in a quality puncher. I have seen the Fiskars ones in action, some are pricier than others, but Fiskars is a leading international brand when it comes to cutting tools.
Is there anything that cannot be embellished with Washi tape? Judging by what goes on Pinterest, the answer is a resounding NO.
You can do pretty much anything with this tape, the sky's the limit!
I use mine mostly in my journals, including the Summer of 2016 project. I acquired quite a few over time, most of them from my local stationery shop, but a few of them were purchased online as well.
I've been using these pens since I was a teenager, long before Pinterest and all the "bullet journalers" and Midori travel notebook addicts out there told you they were the coolest thing ever.
I used them in every colours possible to make the notes I took in school easier to read, that is how awesome they are!
Back in the days we were all using the Stabilo brand. Right now I use these in addition to Maped and Staedtler, all equally awesome.
Know tht you absolutely can't go wrong with those brands, even graphic artists use them. They can be used to draw, write, and colour in adult colouring books.
Patterned craft paper
Those sets of papers are also known as "scrapbooking paper" and exist in a huge variety of size and patterns.
Two of the most notorious project of mine involving that kind of paper were the Christmas Wreath and more recently the Felt traveler's notebook inserts.
I cannot recommend that type of paper enough of you are going to do a lot of paper craft project. A warning though, it's addictive and you'll find yourself wanting to buy them all and then some more.
These are pretty much the arts and craft supplies and tools I use the most frequently. Note that all the links pointing to Amazon are affiliate links, if you purchase anything, I get paid a comission (at no extra cost to you).