Paint, Brushes and Gold - Everything I Use In My Art Business

Paint, Brushes and Gold - Everything I Use In My Art Business

No gatekeeping here! This is a comprehensive list of art and business supplies I use. Hope these help you and if you happen to purchase through the Amazon affiliate links, it'll help me in return 🥰 


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Gold Leaf

I get asked about where to buy gold leaf and how to use gold leaf in just about every single video so without further ado, scroll down for the "secret" ingredients to creating blinged up masterpieces.


The Kookie Studio Mystery Set ft. Reno Art Imitation Gold Leaf
Mystery Set ft. Reno Art Imitation Gold Leaf


Leafing Size (Glue)

Xpress It Gold Size

Imitation Gold Leaf

Reno Art Gold Leaf 25 sheets 14x14cm

24K Gold Leaf

Barnabas Blattgold Professional Quality 24K Gold Leaf Sheets


Painting Equipment

This list could literally go on and on but to keep things relevant, I've picked my most used materials. There is also a big price difference between student and professional grade materials so I've also added my picks for both.

If you're still in the learning process, I'd recommend spending your money on the cheaper materials so you can practise more and gain skills. It's those skills that will differentiate a random drawing from a masterpiece, not how fancy your materials are.

On the other hand, when you start selling your artworks, it's time to invest in high quality materials. Customer satisfaction and integrity is paramount so I only use professional grade materials to make sure my collectors receive pieces of art that will last the test of time.


Painting in Progress: "Dea" Fine Art Print  


Watercolour Paint

Professional watercolour paint: Daniel Smith 12 Colour Watercolour Half Pan Set 

Cheaper paint: Marie's Watercolor Paint Set of 18 While I don't use these anymore, they were great for the learning process and my artworks from 10 years ago have aged quite well.

Watercolour Paper

Professional watercolour paper: Arches 300gsm Cold Press Watercolour Block 12"x16"

Cheaper paper: Reeves Water Colour Paper Pads 300gsm I tried out three brands of student grade paper (Reeves, Canson and Fabriano) and this one was my favourite.


Watercolour brush: Polina Bright Professional Watercolour Round Brushes

Fine-line brush: Polina Bright Professional Watercolour Rigger Brush

Cheaper brushes: I bought a set of cheap Mont Marte brushes from the dollar store and I still regularly use them! While professional brushes are worth it, they are rather pricey and definitely not essential for your artistic practice. I couldn't find the exact brush set but I did find Mont Marte rigger brushes.


White pen for highlights: Sakura Gelly Basic White Pen

Eraser: Faber-Castell Dust-Free Eraser

Kneadable Eraser: Faber-Castell Kneadable Eraser Grey

Drawing board: A2 Drawing Board This is not the exact one I have (Mont Marte) but it looks very similar


Printing Equipment

After slogging through all the information out there on printers and their functions and all the various models, I chose one that would produce high quality prints but wouldn't break the bank because - let's be honest here - as beginner artists, we can barely afford to feed ourselves 😂. I'll save you all the trouble and take you straight to the answer. Behold below. (I do splurge on museum grade fine art printing paper though, be warned.)


Prints from The Kookie Studio

Assorted Fine Art Prints from The Kookie Studio



Epson Expression Photo XP-970 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner and Copier

Printer ink: Epson 277XL Six Colour Ink Cartridge Value Pack

Printing Paper

Hahnemühle German Etching Paper 310 gsm

Canon Pro Platinum Photo Paper 300gsm


Filming Equipment

The two things listed below are my trusted sidekicks, literally couldn't go a day without them. 


Filming "The Flower of War" Painting Process


Phone Holder

UGREEN Tablet Mount Lazy Holder Adjustable Long Arm Clamp

Before this one, I had one with the bendy arm and claw clamp. Terrible. So hard to twist the arm to the desired position and it'd keep flopping/wobbling plus the clamp ended up breaking. This UGREEN phone holder though is an absolute dream.

Ring Light 

Rimposky Ring Light with Mini Tripod Stand

I DIY'ed an overhead setup with the ring light so I can work through the night and it's extra handy because I can tweak the colour and brightness settings!

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