My Favourite Art Materials

emma block art materialswatercolours gouacheFor watercolours and gouache I use Winsor and Newton. Gouache is essentially an opaque watercolour so I use them both together. I have a bigger set of watercolours, but this is the set I use most. If you know how to mix colours you don’t really need a set bigger than this.I really like the Cotman brushes from Winsor and Newton and the Aquafine Brushes from Daler Rowney , they’re great for painting and brush lettering. I also love to use sable brushes, Series 7 Kolinsky are the best, but the Pro Arte sable brushes are good too.
Winsor & Newton Watercolour Set
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache
Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Brushes
Pro Arte Series Sable Brushes
Daler Rowney Aquafine watercolor brushes
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Water Colour Brush
Pentel Aquash Water Brush Pens
colour pencils

When it comes to coloured pencils I’m mostly concerned with the colour and quality of the pencil, so I use lots of different brands. I like the softness of water soluble pencils best.

Caran Dache Prismalo Aquarelle Pencils
Staedtler Karat Aquarell Watercolour Pencils


Ilove Muji’s mechanical pencils, they’re lovely to use and very stylish. I also love Muji’s gel pens for list making.

Muji Mechanical Pencil and refills
Staedtler Pigment Liner
Winsor & Newton Drawing Ink
Daler – Rowney Acrylic Ink
Muji Gel pensketchbookpaperI don’t use a sketchbook as much as I used too. I love the romance of them, but when it comes to scanning in sketches or using a Wooden Artist Lightbox
it makes more sense just to sketch onto A4 printer paper. I do like to take a sketchbook with me when I travel though.

Flexi-Sketch Book
Moleskine Cahier Sketchbook
Daler – Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge Pad
Fluid Watercolor Paper Block
Cass Art Heavy Weight Cartridge

My favourite art shops in London are London Graphic Centre and Cass Art. They both have online shops, and most of the materials mentioned can be bought on Amazon.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any questions.

9 thoughts on “My Favourite Art Materials

  1. Hi Emma,
    Thanks a lot for this post.
    Just had one question – I’m looking to buy a printer at the moment (something cheap but prints professionally for selling). I was looking at Canon Pixma MG5770, would you recommend this one? Which printer do you use?
    Thanks a bunch!

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