August 1, 2019
Art supplies (from art shops not discount stores) are expensive. And if you’re a prolific painter or illustrator then you’ll frequently run out of said items (and usually right before you REALLY need them. Thank you serendipitous deadlines..grrr..)
Materials can dwindle quickly in our commercial studio of 20 designers. And, like you, we’re on a budget.
So, if there’s anything we can do to get the absolute most out of a tube of paint, brush or pad of paper, we will!
Here’s how we rein in our monthly art supply spend:
Unlike acrylic or oil based paints, when a blob of gouache or watercolour dries on your palette, you can use it again! Just wet it with a little water and watch it liquify once more. So save your unfinished palettes post project (just cover with a little cling wrap to protect it from getting dusty between uses).
A brush is only as good as the condition it’s in. Senior designer Ange will gently slap your wrist if she sees one left upside down in the water jar. Even mid-job it can curl the brush tip and make it more difficult to paint a perfectly straight, neat line. It takes a while to re-train yourself to place the brush on the table rather than back in the jar, but it’s worth it.