So many of us have been taking advantage of lockdown to be creative which is a silver lining to this otherwise big cloud. I’ve treated myself to a few new lockdown art supplies which has felt like a real treat and really lifted my spirits. Here are some products that are easily available on Amazon, good quality, versatile and have great reviews.
I’ve coveted these arteza brush pens many times. Who wouldn’t want a go? You can achieve so many different effects and with numerous Youtube videos to inspire you, these will keep you busy during lockdown.
I’m a firm believer that if you want quality results you need quality materials. The Windsor and Newton watercolours below won’t disappoint. If you’re used to school watercolour sets you’ll be amazed at the rich pigments that you get. It’s also good that you can replace individual pans which makes this a set that you’ll keep for life if you choose to maintain it.
The more I look, the more I find things I want. I think it was the painting on the stone that attracted me to these metalic markers. They work great on black paper too. Well we are trying to make lockdown fun aren’t we?
Get Metalic Markers on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
Perhaps it’s time to try something completely new? I’ve always fancied having a go at pyrography. The smell of burning wood, the satisfaction of making marks on wood, the different tonal values…what’s not to love. There is more information about pyrography here.
The book below ‘365 Days of Art’ by Lorna Scobie is full of fun ideas. We all plan starter activities/bell ringers for our classes. Isn’t it time we did this for ourselves?
If you’ve always wanted to experiment with alcohol inks, lockdown could be providing you with the time you need. There are some amazing effects that alcohol inks can create that normal inks just can’t do.
Get Alcohol Inks on Amazon.com
There is something deeply satisfying about arranging, gluing and sticking paper. We all need a little art therapy at the moment. Amazon has a huge range of beautiful paper. Whether you want to make connections to Kurt Schwitters or up your journalling game, there is something for everyone.
Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve loved this sort of pen and these are incredibly good value with fantastic reviews. Sitting down with a startling white piece of paper and these pens sounds like heaven.
If you are the sort of person who has to be doing something with your hands this embroidery starter kit is ideal. The colourful threads and the satisfaction of the needle coming in and out of that stretched material…oh..the joy!
I hope this blog post has inspired you to treat yourself to some lockdown art supplies. I know I have.
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