Fabric, Paper, Glue, & Other Essential Supplies - Part 1

I thought it might be fun to take a day over over the next few weeks to talk about some "essential" supplies.  I often find that some projects can be as much about having the right supplies than about being artistic or having a honed skill. The supplies that I'm going to share with you over the next few weeks are the supplies that I keep on hand for all my crafty needs.  I hope you find this little mini-series helpful!

First up are my painting supplies.

Paint Supplies

Read on for the full list.

Sponge Brushes / Paint Brushes:  Different surface textures and sizes call for different brushes, so I like to keep a whole range of brushes on hand.  A sponge brush is pretty much a sponge brush, but for the paint brushes, I really like the Martha Stewart brushes.  I find that you get what you pay for  with the super cheap craft brushes that cost about two bucks for 100.  They tend to leave behind bristles.

Paint Trays:  I like these little trays with different compartments for mixing different colors and hues.  Acrylic paints will peel right out, so I can use these over and over again and never throw them away.  But, of course, you can use disposable bowls and plates as well.

Painters Tape

Craft Paints:  I like to keep lots of fun, bright acrylic craft paints on hand.  Again, I like the new Martha Stewart paints if only because they come in such pretty colors, but I'd recommend also keeping black and white acrylic paint in stock to mix up your own colors.

Varnish:  It's nice to have this around if I want to make a surface glossy after I've painted it up.  You can find it along side all the other acrylic paints at your craft store.

Fabric Medium:  This is my favorite find.  A few drops turns regular craft paint into fabric paint.  Yeah, I know, amazing.  You can find it along side all the other acrylic paints at your craft store.

Wood Sealer:  If you've been around here long, it seems that I'm always slapping paint on some little wooden craft supply.  This stuff is a life-saver.  It seals the wood so that you only have to give it a coat or two of craft paint for full coverage.   You can find it along side all the other acrylic paints at your craft store.

Liquid Gilding / Gold Spraypaint:  I keep these around because, well, I love anything gold or brass.  The liquid gilding is powerful stuff and will cover just about anything with a coat or two.   You can find the liquid gilding at the craft store either along side the other craft paints or with the gilding supplies (usually around the same area).


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  1. so true! I always use gold spraypaint and brushes are a must!

  2. Oh, I'd love to see what you do with that liquid gliding/gold spraypaint. Any recs on sprucing up an old gold mirror? I was thinking about going gold/brass for our newly painted dining room.

    1. Oooh, I think you should go brass. Gold could get a little garish on a mirror. I swear by the brass liquid gilding, but I've admittedly never tried leafing, which looks kind of messy and time consuming to me.

    2. Thanks! You're right about the brass, we have a mirror, and I can't seem to figure out what to do with it or where to put it!
      Love your blog btw!

  3. Great roundup of supplies. I've never tried gilding before. Looks cool.

  4. What a great idea for a blog post! I love it! I didn't know about the fabric medium, I've always just used regular craft/ acrylic paint. You'd die if you saw my arsenal of craft supplies! Can't wait to see what else you use.

  5. awesome list. Thanks for sharing


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