Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Once again, it's that time when I like to review my favorite products from the past 12 months. Click here to review against my 2009 list, or here for what I liked in 2008.
And so... in no specific order I present:
Blank Journals. I think that 2010 was the year that I fully embraced the blank page for writing. Late in the year was also when I started to nudge my way into the realm of art journaling. It's going to be hard for me to pick a favorite because I carried 4 different books through some amazing personal experiences and I loved each for what they were to me during that time.They were:
large Rhodia Webbie 3.0, large Leuchtturm, small French Habana (60g ivory paper) and a large Pentalic ala Modeskin. (Pentalic review being re-written)
Rhodia Meeting Book - I love the format and the small version is my absolute favorite Rhodia product.
Canson Universal Sketch Pad -I've been using these books for years, but the one I used in 2010 was important for a number of reasons. It's where I started to play with, and become comfortable using color. These books are versatile enough to use with a variety of media - I used watercolor, colored pencils, acrylic, marker, fountain pens.... I have always especially loved the side spiral.
In Fountain Pens:
Lamy Safari Fountain Pen - What can I say? I have 6. I love them and just keep using them.
Sailor Sapporo Fountain Pen - The Sapporo is the perfect weight and balance for my hand.
In Fountain Pen Ink:
Aurora Blue Ink - For now, it's just the right shade of blue. It's been inked up both in my dark blue Safari & my Sailor Sapporo for quite a while....
Diamine Poppy Red Ink - After trying bottle after bottle of red ink, (too pink, too orange, too light...) I have found my all-time favorite red ink.
Rohrer & Klingner Solferino and Magenta Inks These colors ROCK! I no longer feel that I need to hunt for perfect shade of purple or magenta inks.
In Art Supplies
Golden Acrylic Paints - It took me a long time to build up the courage to invest in acylic paints & supplies. Now that I have, there's no going back. It's just too much fun. After messing around with craft paints, I bit the bullet and opted to spend my money on Golden acrylics and I LOVE them!My fav color is Cadmium Red Deep. (Not all Golden paints were used in the image below. Some Daniel Smith & Liquitex were used.)
Liquitex Black Acrylic Gesso - Gesso is an acrylic primer typically used to ready canvas or other supports before applying paint, I found that the opaque black gesso was not only fun to paint/draw on, but to paint WITH. I started by buying a Bob Ross brand that I found at Micheals, then moved to Liquitex which I now get from Blick. (The Liquitex is blacker than the Bob Ross brand.
Colleen colored pencils - I had 1st learned of these on the Pencil Talk blog and had to have them. (Through Ebay via Thailand) Though I've suffered a love/hate relationship with colored pencils in the past, these are smooth, buttery and a joy to use. They absolutely helped me to discover a love for color.
Uniball Signo Broad White Gel Pen - The most perfect white gel pen I've yet to find.
Daniel Smith Watercolor Paints - Highly saturated artist grade paints. If I had to do it all over again, I'd buy all DS paints. (Image below does not contain ALL DS paints.)
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons - Crayons for grown ups. Great on black paper, can also use with water.
Tombow Calligraphy Pen - This pen has a short firm brush nib that works perfectly on my typically smaller pieces. Kuratake #14 brush pens are also one of my favorites.
Special Mention: Quiver leather pen holders. Loved using one on my small Habana!
Product of the Year: Paul Stanley Fountain Pen Holder. Just try and find one of these babies!
And that's it for 2010! See you next year!