In this section, we at Jackson’s Art Supplies have collated and sorted all the art accessories we have to offer you – vital pieces of artist’s equipment that will make life in your art studio just a little bit easier. It is worth browsing through the category most relevant to your practice as you’re guaranteed to find that little something you’ll soon wonder how you ever did without!
A definition of drawing might be to form an image predominantly using lines. Drawings can be made using ink, graphite, charcoal or wax crayons. Some artists combine media to create drawings, and we have whole books dedicated to the subject of mixed media. Drawing can be a crucial way for an artist to record what he or she has seen. It can also be a good way to develop an idea. Many artists begin 3-dimensional artwork or 2 dimensional artwork in other media by formalising the initial idea in a drawing. Therefore, time dedicated to drawing is never time wasted, and investment in the right materials equips the artist with the best tools for a successful drawing. Not all the art accessories in this category will be suitable for all kinds of drawing media, and we have tried to specify where this is the case. Here is a brief overview of the kinds of materials you will see in this section.
Erasers remove graphite and charcoal, as well as coloured crayon marks. An eraser is as valuable as the drawing implement in creating forms within a drawing – it can help establish the negative spaces within a composition. Putty erasers are malleable and can be moulded so that very small areas can be erased – their softness is sympathetic to soft paper surfaces and you are less likely to damage paper with a soft eraser. Plastic erasers are a little more rigid, and they cannot be moulded into different shapes. They are less likely to smudge marks than a putty eraser when used lightly.Jackson’s also offers a couple of electric erasers that help you remove drawing marks with remarkable ease.
Particularly useful for artists working in coloured pencil, pastel pencil or even charcoal and pastels, these tools tend to be used once colour has been applied to the drawing surface. Blenders will blend colours together, and paper stumps and tortillions can also do this to an extent. Derwent offer a burnishing pencil – it is a regular pencil with a wax lead which you can use to apply a very thin layer of sheen to an area or whole of a drawing. Colour shapers can be used to blend colours, and they can also burnish if one uses it to push deposited colour further into paper…this closes the gaps between the deposited pigment particles and allows it to appear more saturated and brilliant.
A sharp point to a pencil is vital for crisp, fresh vibrant lines and marks. Our extensive variety of choice allows you to decide between a simple sharpener, one that collects the sharpenings, or one that is battery operated making it a 100% effortless task. Or, you might choose to buy a craft knife or sandpaper block instead! For very soft pastel pencils we also sell special pastel pencil sharpeners by Derwent and Stabilo.
There are a number of options of how you might choose to store your pencils. A pencil wrap allows one to carry a large number of pencils with no real extra weight added, and rolls to a very compact and practical cylinder, and we sell both economy unbranded pencil wraps as well as a few by Derwent. We also sell pencil tins and zip up pencil cases as alternative methods of pencil storage. Derwent’s Carry All Pencil storage allows very well equipped pencil artists to carry up to 132 pencils in a very practical, specially designed shoulder bag.
Other drawing art accessories
Other drawing art accessories on offer include telescopic tubes which are ideal for taking large life drawings home from class, and pencil extenders and grippers which help with holding drawing media even if you’ve sharpened or used most of it away, allowing you to get the most out of your drawing materials.
Paint Making Materials
Take full control over the paint that you work with by making your own! This way you will be able to create the exact consistencies, textures, and hues that you require to express your ideas the way that you wish to. We strongly recommend reading about painting making methods before you try it for yourself for the first time, but here you will find all that you need, ranging from a variety of binders (acrylic, oil, watercolour, and even egg tempera), pigments, mullers and slabs.
The Keba Artmate paper stretcher is a very handy way of stretching paper without the need for fiddly gumstrip – it can also be used to temporarily stretch canvas. In this section we also present a choice of different drawing boards that offer a number of ways to support your drawing surface while you work – Vistaplan drawing boards sit on a table top at an angle offering a comfortable working position when sitting or standing inside. The Cappelletto Drawing boards are fantastic for artists who work out of doors because you can either rest them against a wall or easel, use the clip to secure your paper, and either use the practical hand grip or shoulder strap to keep the best position while you draw. TheJackson’s drawing board is a simple MDF board that can withstand heavy working, protecting your table surfaces. It can also double up as a cutting mat. Our gallery standard pins are an affordable yet stylish solution to exhibiting unframed works on paper.
Oil and Acrylic Painting Accessories
In this section we offer a number of products that will allow you to further explore the possibilities with your painting practice as well as make life a little easier. We have canvas carrying accessories, which minimise the problems faced when needing to transport wet work on canvas from one place to another, such as from the great outdoors back to your studio. You’ll soon discover (if you haven’t already) that dippers are fantastically practical, and once you invest in one or 2 you’ll wonder how you ever did without! They clip to your palette and are great for holding mediums and solvents. We offer plastic melamine and wooden palettes (with or without a counterbalance weight) that, if kept clean after each and every painting session, could last you the best part of a lifetime. Canvas scrapers, palette and painting knives are incredibly useful for mixing colour on a palette as well as removing and applying colour to your painting surface.
Our selection of brush soaps will allow you to maximise the lifespan of your favourite brushes, as they moisturise the brush hairs with natural oils as well as effectively removing oil and acrylic colour. In addition we also sell aprons and mannikins, which can either keep you company in the studio or make for a very useful visual aid. Gloves keep your hands away from harmful solvents and pigments.
Watercolour Painting Accessories
In this section we offer dippers (ideal for mixing large quantities of diluted colour for watercolour washes), empty metal watercolour boxes for easy transportation of your half pans and full pans, and a selection of plastic and ceramic watercolour palettes. In addition to this please browse our supply of different masking fluid applicators and choose the best suited implement to your particular watercolour painting approaches.
In this section you will find an extensive range of different pastel painting aids. Branded fixatives are available by Sennelier, Winsor andNewton, Daler Rowney, Royal Talens andLascaux. Fixatives are available in an aerosol can or in a regular bottle; if this is the case you might consider applying a thin even layer with the use of a mouth diffuser. Fixatives fix work onto the surface they have been applied to, and can be worked over if necessary. Fixatives have a slightly tendency to darken the appearance of colours, which you may want to consider before using. In addition to our fixatives we offer a number of blending solutions, including colour shapers, double ended blenders, tortillions and paper stumps. Some pastellists like to add finer detail to their work with the use of pastel pencils, and we offer a couple of pastel pencil sharpeners that will allow you to sharpen your pastel pencils to a fine point without the soft pastel leads from crumbling.
When travelling abroad or just to a class, it can be very useful to have a brush case. A vast improvement over its most popular rival the carrier bag(!) a brush case will protect brush hairs and prevent the shape of the hairs from becoming damaged in transit. Some brush rolls have a towelling inner lining to help dry out the hairs if they are placed in the case still wet. Brush easel cases fold into a little pyramid that allows the brushes to stand upright – this can be really useful when working as it is quick and easy to identify the brushes you are looking for. Brush Washers are most useful for oil painters – they are metal pot that one can pour solvent into, and there is a removable filter insert, that is usually made of mesh, or a piece of metal with holes in it. As you rinse your brushes in the brush washer, the dirt from the brushes will sink through the filter to the bottom of the pot, which allows you to keep the majority of your solvent relatively clean for prolonged use. At the end of each session, it is worth decantering the clean solvent to another vessel to use again, and then remove all the dirt from the bottom of your brush washer. This will allow you to use your solvent for longer. Our brush soaps, including ones by Da Vinci, Escoda, Daler Rowney and Masters, contain natural oils that prolong brush hair life whilst still effectively removing oil based, acrylic based or water based paints.
Canvas Making Accessories
In our canvas making art accessories section you will find everything you will need to successfully make your own canvases in your home or studio. Pliers allow you to get sufficient grip on your canvas to stretch over a frame – and achieve tautness simply not achievable by hand. Just make sure you get the tension even across the whole surface. Staple guns make fixing your canvas or linen to your frame easy – just fire the staples to the back of the frame at regular 2-3 inch intervals. Roberson tacks allow your canvases to have a more traditional look as well as extra tension in the canvas – just hammer these into the sides of your frame. Once you have successfully stretched your canvas you will be ready to prime – acrylic primer can be applied straight on to the cotton or linen, but an acrylic or rabbit skin size needs to be applied prior to priming with oil primer. Please visit our canvas section for more information.