art, art supplies

An Art Supply Haul

art supplies haul

Instead of spending money at Sephora’s Beauty Insider rewards sale, I spent it on art supplies. The only thing that has my eye right now is the Fresh Rose Mask I’ve been dreaming over, but honestly? I really don’t need it! I have my Kiehls Calendula and Aloe mask, and a healthy supply of sheet masks to finish first. So, I decided to spend it on art supplies instead because that’s bringing me the most happiness right now!

Just a warning, though: I nerd out a lot in this post about art supplies. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (as a self-proclaimed beauty blogger with most of my audience also being beauty bloggers), but 1) I’m *really* excited to talk about these, and 2) yolo ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Fran Meneses has been a huge inspiration for me lately, and I love that she does little comics on her Instagram. She uses Copics pretty often so I wanted to try them out, too. I bought two kinds – Copic Ciao and Copic Sketch. Copic Ciao are kind of the “lower end” of Copics – not because of quality, but because they contain less pigment than the regular Copic Sketch markers. And that’s really nice, especially for an entry level marker that doesn’t compromise quality for price.

When I got more used to using markers and knowing that I’ll be using them for a while, I took the plunge and upgraded to the Sketch for the next batch. These are slightly more expensive, but hold 3 times more pigment than the Ciao. I also like that they have the names on the caps since it makes it easier to distinguish which is which.

The only thing I don’t really like is that they’re double ended with a brush tip and a chisel tip, and there’s no way to tell which end is which without looking at the marker body. I kind of wish they were like the Tombow dual brush pens, but then again Copics look super sleek the way they are. Oh and also! Copics are an alcohol-based marker, so they’ll bleed through the page – not good for planners or journaling.

I’ve been getting a lot into watercolors as well thanks to Danica Sills, so I upgraded to Winsor and Newton paints. I don’t need a new set of watercolors yet, but I’m interested to see how they work compared to my current cheapo set from Reeves that I bought almost forever ago. I’m pretty much still a beginner, so I went with the Sketchers Pocket Box. It comes with a limited set of basic colors, and that’s all I need for now. I’d like to think I’m an expert at mixing pigments since I spent a semester learning color theory and painstakingly mixing new batches of paints for every weekly assignment. So yeah, having limited colors isn’t a big problem for me since they come with the basic mixing shades!

The only con is that it doesn’t come with a black, and I’d rather have that replace the white. You don’t really “need” a white for watercolors since it works in layers, and to get a lighter shade you’d just put more water into the mix. The good thing is that the pans come out and you can buy them separately. It’s easy to replace when a color runs out or if you’d like to swap one color out for another!

And the last thing, is a Moleskine pocket sketchbook. It’s so expensive compared to other sketchbooks, but I’ve the paper quality is much nicer and I’ve heard Copics look amazing on them. The pages are a little thicker too, so I’m interested to see how watercolors hold up. I want to start a travel journal with it! I’ve always been a fan of tangible photos (that’s why I like Instax photos so much) because they’re not just stored and forgotten on a device. I’m planning to draw in my travel journal of the things I do and places I visit. And friends, of course! Maybe I’ll put in an Instax photo or two, too.

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  • Emily

    A big part of me actually thinking spending money on art supplies is much more rewarding than beauty products – I reckon you can create much more beauty too. 🙂

    Musings & More

    • To be honest I already have a ton of beauty products and I *know* I don’t need more. past me always thought I’d be an illustrator or in character design when I grew up, I guess it’s time to live that dream part time now 😀

  • Please share more of your arts with us, especially me who can’t draw shite to save my life! I am always in awe at how talented others are.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Will do! Thinking of featuring some of my more polished/favorite sketches on here biweekly. We’ll see! Thank you so much for the support! ❤️

  • can you be more perfect, bae??? even your artwork is beautiful. i am this close to be obsessed with you <3 (not that i'm not!) in high school i joined drawing club so i'm already familiar with these. i love copics! i used to decorate my books with doodles (nothing much, really. just chibis) using them. your post really brings back memories <3 is watercolor more difficult from copic? i always wanna try and buy those drawing book with watercolor intact but i feel like it'd go to waste 🙁

    yas to moleskine ugh <3 did you go for basic black one? i always want batman or captain america one. because, reasons. hehe

    • you’re too sweet, tannya bae! <3 this is actually my first time using copics – i remember they were all the rage for manga/anime style artists back in the day, and i'm glad i'm seeing them being used for more styles now! i think watercolors definitely are more difficult, but they're also fun in their own way! you have to build up watercolors for shadows and things vs copics where you just color over with a different color. if you have a sense of color theory they'd be much easier to use, but that doesn't mean you can't learn!

      ya i went for a basic black one haha – though i think it's a bit too small for my needs! i'm going to transition it for a practice travel journal though, i've already started illustrating in it but i'm messing up a lot since it's my first time :p i've seen the capt america and batman ones, i love the batman ones but i think it's just the lined notebooks 🙁

  • am so jealous of your art skills TTATT i feel like a loser designer now xD
    copic can be really expensive, at least in here, so kudos for switching sephora stuff with art supplies :)) i have a traveling / portable watercolor set like that too but i’ve never used it. when i bought it, i thought about decorating my journal with my doodles but…yeah, nothing happened.

    p.s so jealous of your moleskine notebook! moleskine is so stupid expensive jdkhrlwk;;;; but they’re definitely beautiful *o*

    • hey, there are all sorts of different kinds of art out there! i’m sure you’re a much better designer than i am since i barely practice design to begin with :p i feel like one of the hardest steps is to learn how to use new supplies – i had my old watercolor set for years and barely touched it because i wasn’t where i wanted to be with them. but if you have a desire to learn and get better, it definitely helps! i love moleskine as well – though i’m thinking of turning this current one into a practice journal and then transferring everything over to another, bigger journal. i’m making a lot of undesirable mistakes already since it’s my first one 🙁

  • Omg, so jeal of your haul! Haha. I’ve been wanting to try Copics for ages now but just haven’t gotten around to prioritising that… Sadly. This is my first time on your blog and I LOVED it! Especially because you went full on “art nerd” in this post. Thanks for that!



    • i can totally understand – even the ciao are expensive for what they are imo (though i think it’s that way bc they can be refilled for waaaay cheaper). i’m glad you enjoyed it! 😀

  • Oooh I love this post!! It’s a nice change from beauty posts, and since I also like to nerd out and this kind of stuff makes me happy too! I’d love to learn how to use water color paints someday!

    • Aw, thank you – I’m so glad you liked it! I could imagine you creating all sorts of magical crystal paintings!

  • This post is brilliant! I love love love art hauls! I need to get some new paint soon. I have some plans I want to do in the new year!

    Fix Me In Forty Five – A Mental Health Blog


    • Yay, I’m glad you liked it! I hope you’ll share some of your work on the blog!

  • Sam

    Ooh, a travel journal! There was a time I wanted to make my own, but a little less drawing based and more sketchbook based since I can’t draw to save my life, lol. I’d love to see your progress with that, though!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

    • Haha, I think I’m actually going to use this little moleskine here as a practice of sorts and buy the bigger one when I get home and transfer everything on there – it’s my first time doing a travel journal and I’ve already messed up so many times! but practice makes better, eh? Either way, I hope you’ll end up making that travel journal sometime soon – it’s so cool to see all the tickets and business cards and memories in one place that you can flip through!

  • YES! I love travel journals and have one from Moleskine too! I have the lined one but I do kinda wish I got a blank one so that I could sketch better in it (although I’m nowhere near as good as an artist as you). Hopefully you show us some of your sketches from your trips! (ahem, Canada)!

    Cindy |

    • it’s just a bummer that the special limited edition moleskines are only available with the lined paper! i definitely will be sharing them once i get home – i’m planning on getting another bigger journal and transferring everything in this smaller one over.

  • you don’t need to be good at either! i’ve seen some people just take photos and save their tickets and business cards in them, and i love that idea too. i’ll definitely share more – you (and a lot of other commenters) are so supportive of my art, it makes my heart melt a little :’)