There are certain items in my disorganized arts and crafts hoard that never end up under my bed or stashed away in the back of the closet. Any artist would know their worth by their paint stained, duct taped and aged appearance.
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My Beloved Drawing Boards
A drawing board is as essential as paper and charcoal for artists who work in any type of medium. As you can see by my photo above, I use mine for more than drawing. This board is at least twelve years old, and it is my largest one. Its size is better suited for use on an easel or desk, but it has the clips and handle common to these lightweight portable boards. I also came with a giant rubber band, which was lost a while back. I made a new one using some wide fabric-covered elastic like that found in waistbands of old lady pants. If you want to buy a new one, Dick Blick and Jerry's Artarama have them for reasonable prices. I have a 23" X 26" (the one above) and a 19" X 19" version, which I have abused even more than the larger one.
Why Cheap Brushes Really are OkayMost of the brushes I have mentioned will last at least a couple of years if you treat them well, and by that, I mean:
Keep the handles away from water! ( can't say this enough)
Cheapies are not too "dear" for experiments.
|This is a set of R&L Aqualon short handle "wisp" flat brushes.|
|You can see that this rake has a more blended, uneven edge compared to Royal's wisp brushes|