Here’s the thing: I have this frustration with using new art materials. It’s either I’m too intimidated by it (especially with high end, expensive brands) or I end up storing them for a long time and not using them because it freaks me out. *Me and my weird tendencies*
But during my trip to Paris, Tippy suggested I visit Sennelier, one of the oldest and finest art supply stores in France. Picasso used to have his pigments and colors made there, among other artists – so that’s something.
Funny story – well, okay, more of a rebellious story. The Louvre was closed that day so a few of my cousins decided to go to the Love Lock Bridge. While crossing the street, it was there, I saw it – that green stall standing out in a sea of greys and beiges. I knew I had to run to the far end of the bridge and visit Sennelier. #priorities
In an attempt to tell myself that I deserve better (lol, where did that come from), I did get myself a few high end products. No regrets, indeed!
The loot: Schmincke watercolors / Raphael 0 brush / Arches watercolor block / Bockingford watercolor pad
I have this theory that my reason for getting myself new materials is a sign that I’m improving with what I do. It’s like leveling up from a game and going on the next round (me and my analogical references, lol). But, really, I don’t like hoarding and wasting most of the stuff I use, so it really takes me a lot of courage to purchase new things to add to my art stache. It’s living proof that I’m expanding my skillset and heading towards becoming a better artist. *pats self*
My favorite purchase (aside from Arches watercolor block) would be this new set of Schmincke watercolors. I’m all for trying out foreign brands because based on reviews, the pigment of this brand is pretty strong – which I find, lacks with Prang (because it’s entry level). I’ve yet to use it, but I’m excited! BTW, I’ve shared my go-to list of art materials here, in case you’re wondering what I use on a daily basis.
Primary on point for my book haul! I got these at the Louvre, Van Gogh Museum Shop and the 6th floor Librarie in Galeries Lafayette.
Speaking of books, Fully Booked here in Manila carries a lot of international brands and it’s great, because it’s more convenient for us folks in Manila who need our art materials and books fix. They also hold SOFT (School of Fun Things) classes for people to learn more about art and kickstart their own creative journey (I’ve taught one last January, by the way, and I’m on teacher mode this weekend as well).
With that, I’m giving away a book courtesy of Fully Booked! And yes – it’s all about type. :)
Drawing Type has always been part of my recommended reads as it showcases a variety of typography, calligraphy & lettering artists that may inspire beginners as they take on their first steps through lettering and finding their respective styles.
I’ll also add in my hand lettering sketch pad so you can practice while reading up on the book. You’re welcome.
Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. Contest ends on April 23. Best of luck! Open to Philippine residents only.
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Giveaway photos by Sofia Lorenzo