Sneakpeek in my studio today

Today I tidied up my studio. I cleared away the kids homework and the household papers that get dumped on my desk, did a bit of a chuck out and found some old sketchy gems. I vacuumed, dusted and scrubbed off the pen marks and the tea and coffee rings.

Art supplies on my desk

My beloved biscuit tin was my Nan's. I remember looking at it when I was a kid so I guess it influenced my love of Australian Native flowers. I had to rescue it out of a dumpster after my Nan passed away.

palette on my desk

I put my collection of Winsor and Newton inks in an old Ferrero Roche tub.

hanging pot and sketchbooks

I dug out an old pot that used to be my Nan's that was sitting in my Mum's garage and put it in my mother In law Yvonne's old 70's pot hanger and planted this pretty plant. I don't know what the plant is called, but it grows tendrils of heart shaped leaves; I have another one in the front hall. Now that's all tidied up I'm all ready to create more art!

Art supplies

My favourite paints for kids

I thought I would share some of my favourite art supplies for kids. I love these washable dot paint markers for kids. I can't find these particular ones online but I bought these in my local toy shop. I guess they are kind of like bingo pens but they come in an array of colours. We like to use them to decorate plain paper for personalised gift wrap. We have been using this set for over a year now and they are still going strong. My 17 month old likes using these too.

We also like the Faber-Castell Finger paints which come in a set of six. The small pots of colour are great, but only last a few sessions (if that).

"Blue Heart" January 2012

I'm still looking for some good paint in tubes or large format. I did buy some large bottles at my local art shop, but the colours dry dull and are still potentially messy after they have supposedly "dried". They are so successfully washable that the paint will get wet again if you touch the work with slightly damp hands. Please note that my son is using the paint that I am not fond of. I put it in the little Faber-Castell pots.

What are your favourite paints for kids?