I use a lot of different types of supplies in my work, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you today! I often wonder what type of paint, pens, etc artists use– sometimes I ask my artist friends what their favorite supplies are if I want to shake things up and try something new! It makes visits to the art supply store extra fun (and dangerous! I can spend hours and hours and lots of money in an art supply store!)

So, here are some of the things I go back to time and time again:

Golden Fluid acrylics and Amsterdam acrylics. Best paint ever, in my opinion.

Black pens. And colorful sharpies! My favorite pens are the simple Pilot Precise V5, Tombow dual tip pens, the Pentel Pocket Brush, and Faber-Castell Pitt pens. And all varieties of sharpies!

American Easel cradled wood panels. I LOVE painting on these babies! I also love canvases from Binders Art in Atlanta (they have great sales!).

This is my trusty Wacom tablet. It’s about 5 years old, and it’s definitely not fancy, but I love it, and it does exactly what I need it to do. My cat loves to chew on the pen, so if you look closely you can see a Trident gum wrapper wrapped around it– I did this one day to cover up the bite marks because it was the only bit of paper that was close by on my desk, and it’s been that way ever since! One of those funny quirks about my working tools. 🙂

What are your favorite art supplies and tools? Let’s share them in the comments!

Jessica Swift — Jessica Swift

Jessica Swift is a full-time artist and surface pattern designer (a one-woman show!) who believes that our childhood dreams and obsessions are the key to knowing the work we’re meant to do as adults.  She remembers creating posters as a kid, filling large bubble letters with vibrant, hand-drawn patterns and decorating every surface she could get her hands on.

Twenty some years later, Jessica’s childhood fascination with color and pattern continues. From licensed products to objects made in her own studio, Jessica’s eponymous brand of surface designs and vibrant gift/home products is centered around her daring use of color and quirky & fun pattern sense. Her aim? To elicit happiness, play, and light-heartedness in the world through her work.

Jessica grew up in Boulder, Colorado, earned a BFA from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and 2 cats. Her work can be seen on her website, in her Etsy shop, and on her blog.

5 comments on “Jessica Swift’s Favorite Supplies”

  1. it’s so nice to see what you like to work with! 🙂 I’m not sure if I could get anything done with out my Sharpies. I have a big tin of them on my desk and use them constantly through the day!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Jessica! My husband and I were just looking at Wacom tablets the other day and are considering getting one.

    @Alicia – I feel a desire to doodle with Sharpies now 🙂

    @Amy – I want to try those wood panels too!

  3. Alicia: yes, me too! I need to get some new ones, though, because I’ve used a lot of them to the point of drying out. They’re the best!

    Amy: you’ll loooove the wood panels– try them!

    Kerry: Wacom tablets are the awesomest. Couldn’t live without mine.

  4. ooh!! i want to try the amsterdam acrylics! never used those!! but i agree with you on the golden fluid acrylics. i love them so much i could marry them : ) Thanks for sharing, jessica!!

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