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Tools of the Trade by CamillaMalcus Tools of the Trade by CamillaMalcus
My little contribution to "Tools of the Trade"

1. 0,7 mm mechanical pencil (usually 2B) + eraser
for the initial sketch

2. ruler
3. masking tape
for stretching the paper and masking the edges, creating a clean border round the painting once removed

4. water containers
I always use two - one for clean water and one for rinsing the brush. I change water frequently

5. porcelain plate
for mixing paint, easy to clean in the dishwasher

6. kitchen roll paper
has many uses.. to lift paint, remove superfluous water, dabbing the brushes

7. art masking fluid
for saving out those vital highlights

8. scalpel
I rarely use this, but at times it can be helpful if accidentally having washed over those vital highlights with paint...

9. silicone brush/shaper
for applying the masking fluid - easy to clean and always remains in pristine shape

10. artists’ watercolours
I always use pans and this particular palette of 12 colours. I rarely use all twelve for the same painting though

11 & 12. Kolinsky sable brushes
of the best possible quality - a good brush is essential. These have a nice spring, holds water well and always shape to a fine point. I only use these two for all my work; a #7 and #1 round

I also use 425 grams NOT (cold pressed) watercolour paper with medium grain, and a heavy board to which I stretch and attach the paper.

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twinkletinker Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011   General Artist
The silicone brush idea for the masking fluid is the best I've seen in a while... I'll have to give it a try.
I'm used to working with acrylics and oils and know I'm trying to do the crossover to watercolors... but J'm having such a hard time getting used to working from light to dark... my mind is just wired in reverse! :giggle: :D
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Please do, you won't regret it! It's really super for use with masking fluid; I for one couldn't live without it.

Haha, I know what that is like - I thought I'd give acrylics another go, but it'll certainly take some time to get used to. I have to say it's bliss to be able to correct mistakes though.. :happycry:
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twinkletinker Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011   General Artist
It is bliss!!! It's so happy to do it... but now that I'm dabbing in watercolors I feel that acrylics can take forever! :)
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
They do, don't they? Not to mention oils..
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twinkletinker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   General Artist
Oils are just a pain, :giggle:
I use them to finish off a painting with mini details but I start the BIG part with acrylics that dry in a jiffy! :D
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Now that's a good idea! :lol:
Have you ever tried water soluble oils? (I think Winsor & Newton makes them.) Apparently they dry much quicker and don't smell like regular oil paint does.
I really can't stand that nasty odour..
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twinkletinker Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   General Artist
It is smelly! I worked once in a very tight room with them, I can tell you that after a while I was feeling and talking funny! :giggle: It also happened to me with the fixative spray for graphite and charcoal... :giggle: so funny!!!

I've heard of them, I've seen them in action but I've never tried them myself. What I am planning on buying is a medium for acrylics... In Spanish is called "retardante". What it does is basically make the acrylics dry slower so you can achieve smooth gradients (like the ones you can do with oils). I'll have to give it a go. I love acrylics but sometimes they do dry a little bit TOO fast.

:)
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Haha, it's lethal that stuff! :lol: At least you had a good time.. :giggle:

Oh yes, I know the medium you're talking about; a friend of mine who works in acrylics uses that all the time - he loves it!
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Piicasso Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, thank you so much for uploading all of your stuff to DA. I've been having lots of artist blocks lately. Resulting in mainly digital work. Pressure is just horrible..

Now, i have to do something for school, an ophelia project, and i wanted to use watercolours. Ive done it before, of course, but never to a level that i wanted to, and this is just so inspiring. Thankyou, for helping me a little with my artist block >_>

Do you have any tips for me? Whats the brand of your artist watercolours set? I think i have to get myself one too if i am going to do my project in watercolours!
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad to hear that you like my work and find it inspiring!

I'm sorry for my (very) late reply, I'm catching up a bit on comments atm. ^^
My artists' quality watercolours are from Winsor & Newton, and the box which I bought separately is of some Italian brand.

I'm guessing you've already finished your project for school - I hope it went well and that the artist's block is long gone.
Good luck with future work!
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Piicasso Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I already finished it, and got a very good grade, too! : D [link] That's part of the final thing.

Thankyou so much! (:
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
I'm so glad to hear that! Well deserved. ^^
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xxmangastarrxx Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
when did you start water color painting and how the hell did you learn??
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
I started painting more seriously in the summer of 2008, I think.
Good question, haha, I'm self-taught, so I guess I just did my best to make my paintings look like the images I used as reference.
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xxmangastarrxx Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
Hey, that means i have a chance!! i too have been teaching myself and maybe someday i'll be as good as you. Oh, i'm 13 by the way and started when i was 11 or 12. If you look in my profile, i only have one project i did for an english assignment at the end of 7th grade. I would love it if you could take a peek at it and give me critism, if you are not busy, thx. And, are you asian?
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Certainly, you'll get the hang of it in no time! You seem to have already; I had a look at your project and I think it looks really great.

I'm not Asian since I'm born to Swedish parents - I got some help designing the Japanese seal that you can see in my paintings. ;D
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xxmangastarrxx Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
The seal was awesome, but truthfully, i can't see which is yr best since they're all really good...thx 4 the motivation coz thats wat keeps me goin!! <3 ^^
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011   Traditional Artist
All my pleasure, and thank you - I really appreciate your kind comment. ^^
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Yukiko-berrie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student General Artist
you only use two types of brushes? for everything? wow, that's amazing. All i need it masking fluid, new (better) brushes hopefully i can find similar brushes like yours,and paper.
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010   Traditional Artist
I do indeed; if you have a pair of quality brushes, I'm sure you'll find it's all you need. Winsor & Newton is a common brand as well, it shouldn't be too difficult to get hold of (and I personally think these particular brushes are definitely worth their somewhat dearer price). Just be sure to use cheaper synthetic brushes for the masking fluid - that medium is a bit of a brush killer.
Good luck to you! You're in for a great time. ;D
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Ze-RoFruits Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010   General Artist
your watercolor pallette looks so clean...mine is all over with colors xDD
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010   Traditional Artist
Well, it doesn't look like that all of the time.. I decided to give it a bit of a clean before taking the photo. ;D
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Road-to-ParadiseCity Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
All i am missing is the silicone brush and art masking fluid.I should go... to the art shop.
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh, that's great! I hope you'll find those items; they're very useful. (Invaluable to me.)
It's possible of course to use regular synthetic brushes for the masking fluid, but they won't last for long since the fluid is difficult to rinse out, so a silicone brush is better value in the long run.
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Road-to-ParadiseCity Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Thank you for the advice.Now these things will be invaluable to me too:)
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner May 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
:)
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Scared to start though :S
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Aww, don't be! :huggle: It's a great medium and one has to start somewhere. Just remember to have fun while you paint and the rest will follow.
(..and I'm usually online on MSN you know, just ask if you need some tips.) ;)
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I'm sure you'll get fed up with me soon :giggle:

right I better get ready then need to move my tablet for now I better not spill anything :O
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
Nah, then you obviously don't know the extent of my tolerance, haha. :D ;)
I doubt you'll get so excited that you knock over the water container, lol, but yes, better be safe than sorry. :lol:
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe well I think I do lol *ponits at smiley on msn* rofl

well I took bowls instead of glasses so it should be easier :D
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
ROFL! Good one! *laughs*

Smart thinking. ;)
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
;) it's just me being me :D

yeah me being the clamsy bastard :O
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're just too deep in intelligent thoughts (or other thoughts.. tehee) to bother with worldly things like keeping a check on your movements.. :D
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EinarAasen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010
Jeg lurer også på hvilke farger du har i boksen. Du nevner en del i tutorialen, men det er noen flere der. Dessuten, du har noen bilder der du bruker en helt nydelig svart. Jeg kjenner noen kombinasjoner som gir gode svarte. Det hadde vært moro å vite hvordan du lager svart.
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010   Traditional Artist
Jag använder lite olika kombinationer för att få till mina svarta nyanser, men för det mesta - när jag vill ha en väldigt mörk och neutral svart - så blandar jag Sepia och Payne's Gray i ungefär lika delar. (Som till Forza.)
Jag skickar en note strax med en lista över de färger jag använder.
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silvertales Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010
I love seeing other people's artist tools. :)

If you don't mind my asking what colors are in the box?
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   Traditional Artist
I do, too. :) And no problems; I'll send you a note in a bit.
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silvertales Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
That would be great! I'm pretty sure I can pick out what some of the colors are, but it's always interesting to see an artist's favored palate of colors. :)
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   Traditional Artist
Oh, I'm so sorry - I completely forgot! By the time I had dealt with the comments in my inbox, it had mysteriously vanished from my memory..
I'm on it now. ;)
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Adrianna-Grezak Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2010
I love seeing the art materials artists use! I think I love browsing through art stores more than actually using the materials =P
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010   Traditional Artist
Hehe, I know what you mean. ^^ One can never tire of that.
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NeoAks007 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Informative.. Thanks for sharing... :hug:
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010   Traditional Artist
My pleasure! I'm just glad if it can be helpful in any way. :hug:
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Crynyd Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
Excellent layout and so informative, great work! :clap:
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thank you Nigel! :tighthug:
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Crynyd Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010   Traditional Artist
You're welcome, Cami! :tighthug:
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Stealthero Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:floating:
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010   Traditional Artist
:smooch:
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The-Blackwolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need a silicone brush/shaper. :( how much did that one cost and did you buy it from a store or from the internet? :)

and thanks for posting this, it's always nice to know what other people use and how they work :aww:
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