|Got tabby? Always.|
These are “tried and true” tools (rather than brushes, knives, and paint) I keep near my easel and use almost every day. Most are fairly inexpensive and low tech. With a few exceptions...
My iPad is a splurge but honestly, it’s changed my art life. So here are 20 items that I at least for me make my creative life a little easier and more enjoyable--hope they help make your art life a breeze too!
- iPad—holds my reference photos, paint from it, crop, watch art demos...
- Joby iPad holder (Note this one is for original iPad)
- Crank easels (old, new—Don’t get me started on the ratchet or sliding kind.)
- Gray palette paper (like the mid tone and don’t care for glass)
- Mini plastic spring clamps (assorted sizes)
- Green Frog tape (varies widths—it’s a ruler on a roll!)
- Large and small T-Square and rulers (great for quick canvas or paper gridding)
- Saral transfer paper—especially the white/yellow—Just comes in handy
- Big Sharpie and Post it Note Pad (good for supply notes, title ideas, etc.)
- Rolling red taboret cart from Harbor Freight (see my post on taborets)
- Red plastic value sheets (red acetate from art store)
- Foam plates and foam brushes
- Good old Kemper Wipe Out Tool (or similar)
- Round grippy rubber jar opener (from dollar store, hardware, etc.)
- Adjustable height rolling drafting chair (no arms)
- Paper towels: Bounty (watermedia) and Viva (oil media)
- Hand creams (Aveda, Skin Safer, and my new fav: Desert Essence Vanilla Chai--yummy!)
- Winsor Newton Brush Cleaner (non toxic but powerful)
- Old mats/frames for checking composition
- And most importantly...A studio manager/muse. Mine are always striped and furry.