11 Tools Every Artist Needs In The Studio

Below are some of the tools that I, as an artist, love using in my studio. They have certainly made my life easier and I would recommend having them at your disposal when engaging in an artistic pursuit.


1. PALETTE KNIVES (Plastic and Silver)

I really like using these palette knives to extract paints from big acrylic paint containers. They allow me to extract the exact amount I need, without wasting any paint. These knives help me apply clean patches of color onto my canvases and their blades permit me to swipe thick layers of color in a motion that resembles that of a baker that smoothes frosting over a cake, which is very satisfying to do as an artist.


2. MINI PLASTIC STORAGE CONTAINERS

These plastic containers that I got from Amazon are simply amazing for storing unused acrylic paint. The colors I store in these containers do not dry for multiple days so I can reuse them for my next painting. I would highly recommend to have this around your studio, as it saves a lot of unused paint, thus ensuring that no paint you use goes to waste, especially if you are on a budget.


3. SEA SPONGES (Multiple Shapes & Sizes)

These sea sponges I got from Amazon are usually used to remove any excess paint and moisture from my paintings. They are also utilized for providing different texture effects to my paint, such as producing color variations, highlighting a certain color and blurring colored outlines. To get an idea of how I use my sea sponges, take a look at how I used them while painting "Aqua" here.


4. PAINT SAVER KEYS

These paint saver keys from Blick Art Materials are amazing, since they allow me to squeeze every bit of paint from my paint tubes. I just slip one of these plastic keys onto the end of my tube and turn the key to tightly roll up the end in order to push the remainder of my paint out.


5. ARTIST TAPE

Artist Tape is used to mask certain areas of the painting that you do not want to paint over. It can stay on a dry surface for days, until you are ready to remove it. For instance, I used artist's tape to cover the horizon in order not to paint over it while I was creating the colors of the ocean in the "Land of Fire" painting below. I get my artist tape from Blick Art Materials.



6. TRACING PAD & GRAPHITE PAPER

This tracing pad is great when you have already a sketch in your artist book that you want to transfer onto the canvas. The graphite paper is placed on the canvas first and then the tracing paper is placed upon the graphite paper. Then, all you have to do is trace your image with a sharp pencil so that it can be transferred onto the canvas. This is a very useful video from one of my favorite online art teachers that explains how you can trace anything onto a canvas.


7. ART MANNEQUIN