SideArts (call for artists listings) asked our 2600 members, 1100 Facebook fans, and 800 Twitter followers about their favorite painting products. Here are some of the most popular recommendations.
Deborah Curtiss: Golden paints are the best ever: many consistencies, options, colors, continually developing new materials, hugely supportive of artists.
Deborah Fine: Golden Airbrush Medium. It makes it so easy to layer colors on my paintings.
Daniel Kohn recommends stretchers by Simon Liu and oil paints by Old Holland.
Debbie McCarthy: Professional grade, heavy-bodied acrylics with a good lightfastness rating, gallery or museum-wrapped heavy duty canvas, and synthetic hair flat brushes.
Trevor Oxley lists:
- Liquitex pouring medium, string gel, natural & resin sand medium, glass beads gel, acrylic ink, and palette knives.
- Golden acrylic flake medium, GAC Specialty Acrylic Polymers, glass bead clear gel, heavy & soft body acrylic.
- Grumbacher modeling paste, watercolor.
- Montana spray paint and paint markers.
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India ink.
- Fredrix watercolor canvas rolls.
Joan Myerson Shrager: As a digital painter I love Photoshop C6 and Wacom. Wacom has been an incredible investment as I have had it way before the latest iMac with OS 10+. It has been updatable through about 10 years of upgrading and replacing my computers. When using conventional materials, I prefer Golden liquid Bronze, Gold, Silver. My favorite is Iridescent Copper Fine. It has a rich bronze-gold color that looks most like the metal. I also create polychrome clay sculpture for which I love Golden. Liquitex OK but not the metallics. I use synthetic brushes with plastic handles so I can leave them in water and they don’t get destroyed.
Multimedia or alternative painters:
Anythony C and Karen M mention “any kinda spray paint.”
TL;DR: Check out the following products to help amplify your paintings.
What about you? Use the comments to tell us what painting products you like and why.