Paper is tantamount to the success of any art program. We mostly use wood-based papers due to the cost and nature of our art work. These are papers are made from wood pulp and are great for drawing with different media. When we watercolor or paint with tempera and acrylics, we use thicker wood-based paper as well as cotton rag paper. Cotton Rag paper is made from cotton fibers and tends to hold liquid without disintegrating. I’m sure we all remember trying to use those little watercolor sets on loose paper. After the first brushstroke, the paper tears and looks like a rumpled mess.
Here are some of the papers we can’t live without.
All purpose drawing and light painting:
Ultimate Drawing Paper! We’ve tried most of the all-purpose art papers on the market and this one is really good. Holds up under heavy handed drawing and over eager erasing!!
Canson XL watercolor tapebound pad. This is a heavy paper with a nice tooth. Inexpensive enough to supply to our students.
Every art teacher needs a solid paper to put up for bulletin boards as well as laying on tables for keeping things contained. It holds paint and can handle weight of tape. Doesn’t fade.
Who doesn’t love paint? There are so many different painting mediums out there, it’s hard to know where to begin. Some of the paints we love that are easy to purchase for your home art studio are:
WaterColor: There are 2 big winners in the watercolor category, liquid and cake pan watercolors.
Liquid watercolors give the vibrant, beautiful color with the transparency of expensive sets. They are great for layering, resists, and covering large areas. We also love that you can adjust the intensity by simply adding water. We sterilize old condiment jars and store premixed liquid water color for months.
For traditional watercolor painting (think back to elementary school and the little paint trays), we love Faber Castell’s watercolor paintbox. The Faber Castell’s are winners for us because of their strong pigments. They are more opaque than a traditional watercolor set. Because the colors are so dense, they last a long time and hold up well under the use and occasional abuse of our little artists.