The one thing I can’t do without is my shoplight and OttLite. I have a day job and often paint at night. My vision is very poor in the evening and I could not paint without a good light. I have 1000 watt halogen shoplight for the room. I use an OttLite for my small paintings. The OttLite can be very expensive, I bought mine on sale at Christmas and glad I did.
My can’t live without art supply is sterling silver. I could use brass or copper but silver is much nicer to work with than those other metals, and not just because of its colour. It’s smoother to saw through, the solder joints aren’t as obvious and you can do things with it you can’t do with brass or copper, like depletion guild it.
This is a tough question. I am a simple painter. I use paint, water, brushes, palette knives, gesso and canvas. I can not live without any one of those supplies. I really have no tricks or secrets to offer. I can tell you that my most replaced supply would be script liner brushes and detail round brushes of various sizes.
My most important art supply are “Oval Poly Sponges” They are synthetic and blend all my background colors better than any brush I have ever used. They are resistant to chemicals and grease and hold only water so they are ideal for acrylic application. I also use one for finishing my paintings with protective varnish because they make an even application. The cleanup is easy, just rinse and squeeze with warm water.
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Well, I think every new art supply I get is one I can’t do without. I’ll pass up new shoes or clothes for new little art goodies. But if a non-artist came to my studio they would think I had a colored pencil fetish. That’s the basis of two thirds of my artwork over the last couple of years, and the one I would hate to do without.