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.