So I'll start with the pitt pens and Caran d'Ache neocolor crayons--
And these are the Faber-Castell brush tip pitt pens--I'm telling you--every color of the rainbow and then some. These are permanent when dry, but I like them because they'll smudge with your finger or wet brush when you first apply them, which I like. I don't like a clean line when I outline--I like that imperfect look, but if you like the clean line, then they're great for that too.
These are the prisma pencils--I have to admit that I don't use these that much. This is how I first learned to color faces from my Suzi Blu class, and the way I like to use them is by using many LIGHT layers of them, which takes time (something that I don't have right now), but I'm planning on playing with them when I DO have the time. And also, do you see that brush in with them? Well that's a Loew-Cornell scrub brush. I found it in the fabric paint dept. at Michael's. When you dry brush over your colored pencil art--it gives a very soft effect to the piece--try it--you'll see what I mean.
The one thing that I've had a problem with concerning these pencils, is that I can never get them sharp enough without breaking them--but no more-- thanks to Katherine from Sleep and Her Sisters. She showed this sharpener on her blog--
It really works!! It opens in the middle, and it has a universal sharpener (big and small hole) on the bottom part, and the top part has a color grip sharpener, and that's the one that I use for the prisma pencils--works like a charm!
And here are my absolute favorite paints--
I know, I know--the Golden paints are expensive-and worth every penny. You really don't need a lot of colors though--you can mix them to make your own unique color palette. I get a few at a time, because they last forever. The fluid acrylics are my favorite. And of course there are the metallic paints there too--wonderful!
Some of the mediums that I like to use--
and some tools other than paintbrushes--my latest discovery--the woodless graphite pencil blended with a paper stump--LOVE it!! I use an 8B pencil--it's very dark, almost like charcoal, but not as messy.
And I never make art without some kind of paper involved--anywhere from my own painted papers, handmade speciality papers, ephemera, old book pages and sheet music, and without a doubt--scrapbook paper. This is my latest purchase from Scrapbook.com--Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante paper pad--I know this post is long, but I'm so excited about these papers. I'll just show you some of the pages, and I'll shut up.