Another week has gone by, and it’s another week where I feel as if I didn’t do the sketching I had planned. But I still managed to fill my usual quota of pages despite a heavy head cold for most of the week.
This week the theme is playing with new art materials – the result of visiting the Jasco showroom.
(Note: If you can’t see the embedded video click the top image or direct link here.)
I know that it’s hard not to get excited when we see rows upon rows of coloured paints, pens, pencils etc. and yes it’s fun to test out new stuff. I am the same as everyone – “oh ah, I would love to have one of each!”
But, honestly, I am really happy with my current sketching kit – in fact, more than happy – I love my selection of tools and paint colours. Sure I might tweak a colour here and there, but overall it’s fairly stable, and my big goal is to get more out of my kit, as it is today. It’s not to collect more art supplies in some vague hope that my work will magically improve if I have a new colour or pen.
I also think that it takes a lot of time and a concentrated effort to get to know a new tool and how best to use it in my own work. I don’t always feel like putting in that effort, so sometimes new materials don’t get used much.
Having said that, trying something different can be really good to get me out of a rut and to get me improvising more. I am always looking for different fast tools, something that I can use for a 30 second sketch, something that can apply colour easier than watercolour.
It’s been really good for me to use some markers again this week, and I really do love them (it’s the architect in me!) But they will never be a serious substitute for watercolour.
So are you obsessed with buying more art materials all the time? Do you make a conscious effort to test them fully, or do you normally have a little bit of a play, get frustrated that you can’t master them immediately and then never touch them again?
I would love to hear your thoughts (or confessions)!
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