I know what you're thinking...Isn't it a little late to be talking about your artist Christmas wish list?
Yes, I would be a lil' late to the party if the purpose of this blog post was to share everything I had my eye on this year, but this post is more about sharing the items that was gifted me from that said list.
Before I go any further with this post, let me first say this...
I struggled a bit about whether to do this post because I didn't want to sound like a child bragging about all I got for Christmas. That is not my intentions for sharing. I consulted with a friend about my idea, and she encouraged me to proceed with the idea. I find it helpful to see what products others recommend in my subjects of interests, and my hope is that I can offer that same help to someone else.
1. The top of my list was the Epson Surecolor P600 wide format fine art printer (photo from Epson.com).
I did some research, asked fellow artists, and based on my findings and advice, this is the printer I added to my list to allow me the option to create fine art prints in house. This printer can create prints as large as 13"x 19" but also panoramas as long as 10' using archival inks and papers providing prints that last 200 + years.
What's the best paper for this printer?
That was my first question after setting up the printer. It was suggested that I order the sample pack of papers and experiment (learn more about Epson's Signature Worthy Sample Pack papers). I'm still waiting for my order to come in but I will be sure to update you on how the different papers worked out and which ones become my faves. Until then, I had some cold pressed watercolor paper on hand, so I gave that a try (image above). This provided a beautiful matte finish and took about 5 minutes for 11" x 14" print.
2. My next two items are not as exciting as the first, but most artists would agree that you can't have too many Paint Brushes.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but I can go through some paint brushes especially the fine detail brushes. My larger brushes (except my largest sizes) I've been using since college and are getting pretty worn out. Ideally, I would love to have some Rosemary brushes, but they are a little out of my budget at this time so I went searching Amazon. For my medium size brushes I went with these Filbert Paint Brushes because they had a pretty good rating. For my detail brushes, I went with the My Artscape Detail Brushes...again, they also had good ratings. These are new brands that I haven't tried so I will update how I feel about them, as well.
3. Glass Hand Held Palette
Ya'll don't laugh at me, but I still use that plastic palette with a resealable lid...you know, the ones you find on your class supply list. I did switch from using the disposable palette papers to a tempered glass palette that fits inside. But, I am out growing it. I have future plans to build a large cabaret on wheels to hold a larger palette, but until then I need a quick fix. I decided to add a tempered glass hand held palette to the top of my wish list. My thinking I will use my old palette for mixing and then transfer the colors to the hand held palette for painting (learn more about the Paragona Oval Glass Palette).
The above printer, brushes, and palette was my top must haves from my Christmas list, and they will help me move forward with my art goals in the new year. I look forward to getting busy and putting them to use, and then sharing with you my thoughts on how they perform.
I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas with friends and family, and that your New Year will be full of blessings and love.
Before I go... let me just tell ya again because you can never say it enough, thank you for your support this past year. Your purchases, words of encouragement, and your following my journey means more to me than I can ever express.
Hugs to you all!