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.

Raphael Pure Squirrel Mop – I have a 0 and a 4. The two is probably the sweet spot, but I like how much ground the 4 can cover and how soft I can go in small spaces with the 0.

Winsor & Newton Artist Paint – Beautiful to work with. I’ve found that the 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.

Schmincke Horadam Aquarell Artist Watercolors – I tried Schmincke for 2017 and I wasn’t disappointed! They are vivid and smooth to work with. I’m using a similar palette as listed above, but I wanted more vivid colors than I got from mixing (even though it gave a very unified result). Feel free to see them demoed in the video!

Soft Press 300 lb

Fabriano Softpress Paper – It’s the best of cold press paper function, meeting the best of hot press paper function. My all time favorite paper. It disappeared from the Dick Blick website once, and when it was back, I ordered a full roll just in case. Still have a few flat sheets to work through before I bust into the pack.

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, I’ve gone through many a pen, but these are the current favorites. Yes, the traditional dip pen is still in use here, but I haven’t yet found an ink that I can personally recommend, so I’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 my go to for large projects and printing lines on watercolor paper (lightly so the ink won’t bleed).

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 I 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 demos or timelapse videos of work coming to life. I went with this camera because it was a mid-range price and works well for video. I typically rig it to a PVC pipe overhead mount.

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

Microphone Pop Filter – Any pop filter will do.