Being an artist is not about having the best and most expensive equipment. An artist is someone who creates and is passionate about being creative. It does not matter where, when or how. What matters most is that you do it. Be creative with what you have.

Creative art tools and materials that I love.


I started using Acrylic paints in the 1970's. I loved them then and the relationship continues.

There are different brands on the market which are all good. I lean towards Jo Sonja's colors which are highly opaque, have a good covering power and dry with a beautiful velvet matte finish. They are versatile, covering most surfaces such as paper and canvas, wood, terra cotta, metal, fabric, ceramics, glass, and some plastics and they conform to ASTM Quality Standard D-4302. Perfect for adding other mediums to such as pencil, pastel or oil paints, they open up a whole arena for me to play in.

Atelier Interactive Acrylic paints are an innovative and sophisticated paint that has a prolonged 'open' time. That means that even though they are dry you can re-activate the paint within 24 hours. Awesome. Great for blending, they also have good covering power and the colours are intense. They offer a wide range of colour choice and can be mixed with other acrylic paints.



A good paintbrush makes the world of difference to how you paint. Acrylics are best with Taklon (type of synthetic bristles) brushes. Sable can be used but your brushes will not last very long; they are expensive (and animals die to make sable brushes). Taklon has more 'bounce' and you can work quickly. They are readily available but you pay for what you get. Cheap brushes are not always very good quality.

It is imperative to CLEAN your brushes often and well when working, especially with Jo Sonja paints. I suggest you use soap or a brush cleaner.  If you leave your brushes standing in the water jar you will bend the tips. Rinse, wipe and lay next to you ready to go.

I like to have a range of brushes such as a number 5 round and something finer for very small detail - a 000 is good. A handy flat 1 inch brush is gold for those larger areas that require fill, and an angle brush which I like to have is a 1/2 inch shader.




“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.”
Albert Einstein, The World As I See It