Tools

Here is a list of some of the materials used throughout the archives. These are affiliate links, so the trading post will be supported by a small commission when you purchase through them.

Painting Gear

Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Miniature Round #1 – This works very well for those tiny, hard to get in spaces and for fine lines.

Protege 512 #12 Round Brush – Between this and the Kolinsky, 95% of the painting gets done.

Winsor & Newton Artist Paint – Beautiful to work with. We’ve found that he pallet for most of the tales that come through the trading post is as follows: Permanent Rose, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, (rarely) Hansa Yellow, Yellow Orchre, Burnt Sienna, Pthalo Turquoise and French Ultramarine.

Fabriano Hot Press paper –  Fabriano Soft press paper is the preferred paper that we see here, and we use it for our own work as well. But this is a billion times more available.

Uni Pin Drawing Pens/6 Assorted Tip Sizes, Uni Pin Technical Fineliner Pens, Pack of 6 Assorted Tip Sizes, Black Ink

Uni Pin Pens – Here in the archives, we’ve gone through many a pen, but these are our current favorites. Yes, the traditional dip pen is still in use here, but we haven’t yet found an ink that we can personally recommend, so we’ll leave that out for now.

Uni-Ball Signo Broad Pen White – This is the preferred choice for making white lines quickly when not working with dip pens. It s a little broad, so it’s not perfect for everything, but it gets almost jobs done well.

Technical Gear

Canon Pixma iX6820 – It’s marketed as a craft printer, meaning that it can print on thick, wide material. It’s our go to for large projects and printing lines on watercolor paper for our own work.

Wacom Cintiq 13HD – If you’ve ever worked with old materials that have been rescued for archival purposes, you’ll know that they often require some touching up. Though we resisted for years, the post finally invested in a Cintiq. It’s a pleasure to work with!

Canon Rebel T5i – Occasionally you’ll see some of our crafters giving demos or timelapse videos of their work coming to life. We went with this camera because it was a mid-range price and works well for video. We typically rig it to a PVC pipe overhead mount.

Blue Yeti Microphone – Sometimes we record the tales we receive orally. This microphon is great for recording voice overs, podcasts and even music. Warning though: It’s pretty huge. It’s about double the size of what we typically think of when we see microphones.

Pop Filter – Any pop filter will do.