8.12.2015

Supplies & Equipment that I use

What is that black pen you're using on the videos? What do you shade with? What scanner are you using?

These are supply/equipment questions that come up a lot, so I thought for those that are interested I would put together a basic video running through the tools I currently use for drawing. Beware that it is a bit of a ramble, you will be looking at me for about 10 minutes if you make it right the way through and I know I say um a LOT - I try not to but it seems to be out of my control.... haha.....I've learnt to live with it :)

Here's the video:


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Hope your day is amazing!
hx

9 comments:

  1. For someone who is relatively new to the world of doodling and activity that is closer to art than the craft I have traditionally done this was very useful. Great to hear your philosophy on not really needing very expensive equipment to get the job done. Your work is amazing and continues to inspire me - thank you!

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    1. Hi Lynne. Thank you! You can definitely make do with very little supplies and get great results. Have fun with your new hobby :)

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  2. Good to hear you & to see you going through the supplies - didn't really notice 'ums.' I too like the unipins - they're easy to get hold of & the 0.005 gives a wonderful delicate line. Paper is such a crucial element - shall look out for the Winsor & Newton Visual Diary. When you're using watercolour paper all the time it almost inhibits my starting a project as I can't put the cost of the paper out of my brain........
    Thanks again for such useful instruction & encouragement.
    Paula (PEP)

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    1. Thanks, Paula - glad you found it useful :) The UM's may blend in with the rest of my talking - they really stand out to me, too :) Unpins are definitely the most accessible pens for me and I think of comparable quality - perhaps even a little more sturdy than the microns. I agree that expensive supplies can inhibit creativity - when I painted I used to buy expensive brushes that I would never use as I was saving them "for good" - so silly, really - we're just afraid we'll mess up and ruin them. I think a sturdy visual diary works well - I just make sure to have a piece of thick scrap paper behind the page even if I'm not using markers, as I also press quite hard and cause indentations.

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  3. Helen,
    How exciting to see you face to face! Your humble approach to art is lovely to watch. Technique is everything! I have always been drawn to your art because it is wild and free and different from anyone else's. Your style is so unique; it can be picked out from a display of hundreds of others. I am so grateful that, given all the hard farm work you do, that you take time to share with us your God-given talent. Loved the video! Hugs from Utah, USA, Bev

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    1. Thank you, Bev :) Lovely to hear that you enjoyed the video. Technique definitely makes all the difference - the supplies can't do the work for you no matter how expensive they are. I guess I became used to just working with what I had when I started drawing and we lived on a very tight budget - just had to find ways to make it work for me. h

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  4. Helen, thanks for sharing this information. Very interesting. I don't think you say um a LOT.

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  5. Loved the video. Lots of great information. Thanks so much!

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