Using Every Purple Art Supply I Own
The colour is purple! I got a lot of suggestions
between the comments on my first video in this series, my Instagram and Twitter posts
for it, and my friends over on Amino, and I’d say about 75% of those suggestions were
for purple. A strong second place suggestion was pink, by the way, so that may be what
I do next. I took notes while I was working this time,
so hopefully I can figure out how to turn this into a better voiceover than my every
red art supply video. Yes, by the way, for those of you who watched that one, I did enjoy
the process more this time! It still took a heck of a long time, and I was getting bored
of purple by the end of it, but this was more fun.
I was inspired by a photo I found on Pixabay of two people dressed for a masquerade event
of some sort, but I went a little other worldly with my interpretation. I hope you like the
end result! I think it’s fitting for the time of year.
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to everyone. If you saw my every red art supply video, which final piece do you like better?
This one or the red one? I’ll probably keep this series going, so which colour would you
like me to tackle next? And of course, credit where credit is due,
this challenge was popularized here on YouTube by Rin of DrawingWiffWaffles, and I’ve also
seen a few others like Chloe Rose, Kasey Golden, and most recently Jazza do it as well. Jazza
actually put out an every red art supply video a couple weeks after I did, so that’s a neat
coincidence. Did you see that one? Let’s get on with talking about the supplies,
and how I used them. The final swatch sheet I showed in the beginning there with the supplies
is what I ended up using in this challenge, and it has a whopping 120 swatches on it.
This was intimidating, for sure! Just like last time, I did exclude oil paints
due to drying time, and I also excluded my daughter’s wax crayons and finger paints.
Every other art supply in my studio / home office was fair game, and I was looking for
purple art supplies that weren’t too blue or too pink. I actually ended up stopping
part way through when I got around to using regular coloured pencils to search again for
my PrismaColor metallic purple, because I realized I didn’t have it, and I found it
hanging out in the wrong pencil case. My metallic Prismacolors are over 15 years old now. They’re
not quite as old as my Prismacolor Scholars, which are stamped with Berol’s company name,
they do say Sanford, but they still say made in the USA. I believe they were a stocking
stuffer one Christmas when I was in high school. Clearly I didn’t like them at the time, because
a couple colours aren’t sharpened yet! But I’m getting off topic. I did my sketching
mostly off camera, and I cheated slightly and used a blue Col-erase. I realize I do
have multiple supposedly erasable pencils in purple in this collection, but they’re
all Cra-Z-Art, and they suck. I needed a sketch I could actually see, work with, and layer
over top of, so I went with a blue Col-erase. Sorry! One of these days I’ll get more colours
in the Col-erase than just the blues and a red. You may have also noticed a red smudge
appeared on the paper early on. That was still on the edge of the ruler from the every red
art supply video. Don’t worry! It’ll get covered. In the beginning I figured I would separate
the two figures into warm shades on the left and cool shades on the right, but that went
out the window pretty quickly. I free styled a lot of the decorative details on these outfits,
rather than copying the outfits in my reference exactly, and it just felt right to do those
in darker shades, which turned out to mostly be cool tones.
I started off the background with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi paints and embraced any pilling
the paper decided to do. I scraped those spots after the paint was dry to reveal lighter
spots, which look cool and kinda remind me of stars. I started planning the border with
those Cra-Z-Art pencils, but again, they suck. They failed. At least I can say I gave them
a try. At this point, the supplies being knocked off the list are all three Cra-Z-Art pencils
(Mauve, Pretty Plum, and Purple), and my non-metallic gansai tambi pans, 37 purple, 38 Imperial
Violet, and 139 Cobalt Violet. I finished planning the border with one of my Joseph
Hartmutt pencils. Which one? Can’t tell you. They don’t have names or numbers on the barrels!
I ended up filling in the border pattern with three Pentel Arts oil pastels, shades 13 Purple,
40 Hyacinth Violet, and 92 Violet, and then blended them using my Gamsol odorless mineral
spirits. The base colour of the outer border was done using my purple Gana paint marker,
and then I gave it an antiqued look by painting over it with Derwent Inktense 725 Dark Plum
from their traveller pans palette, forcing it to dry beaded up with a hair dryer, and
then roughing it up with my Tombow sanded eraser. I also added more to the background
around that point using my lesser quality watercolours. Those include a full pan block
of purple from a nameless student palette, two purples from my Simbalion round cakes
palette, shade 26 Violet from my Sheloi watercolour tubes, colours 18 and 19 in my Superior brand
fan palette, and shade Permanent Blue Violet from my Sakura Koi palette.
Once I had those supplies out of the way, I started working in some starter details.
I made use of the fineliner ends on my Dual Art water based markers. Those also do not
have names or numbers anywhere on the barrels, but 6 of them made the cut for this video.
I used my Ecoline brush pen in Pastel Violet to start off with the texture of the left
figure’s skirt, and then made use of a pair of Touch Ten watercolour brush pens to add
details to the hat and attempted to add some splatters to the background. My Karin Brushmarker
Pro in 226 Lilac was used on the same figure’s ruffles.
I pulled out my aging Thomas Kinkade watercolour tube in 430 Violet and used that on the right
side figure’s boot laces and ring. The base coat for the left figure’s bouquet and more
details on her ruffles were done next, using Daler Rowney Simply gouache in shade Violet.
After that, I started making use of my alcohol markers. Those included 10 Copics, 3 Winsor
& Newtons, 5 Ohuhus, 2 Spectra Ads, a Spectrum Noir Illustrator, and a Touch New. I won’t
bore you with every single shade name, but feel free to ask if you’re curious! I did
not include all of my Touch New and Touch Five markers because they aren’t kept out
as part of my normal marker collection these days. With all the other brands I own, I don’t
feel that they add anything to my collection, and if I had taken the time to swatch the
and pull markers from those bags for this challenge, they likely would have just duplicated
the other markers. The reason this one was included is because it’s one of the two I
turned into a brush marker in my popular “Cheap to Copic” video from last year, where I proved
my theory that replacement brush nibs from Copic and similar brands can be used to modify
the cheaper markers if you’re on a budget. The purple was my proof of concept, and then
I did a brown on camera. I had one highlighter in this collection,
a Pilot FriXion in the shade soft violet, and I used that on the left figure’s gloves.
After that I knocked my ballpoint pens off the list adding details here and there. Those
included two different purple Bic Crystal pens and a purple Papermate Inkjoy. Interestingly
enough, the two different Bic purples are probably meant to be the same shade, but they
come from two different continents. The lighter shade was purchased here in Canada a few years
ago, and the darker shade came from the UK in a ScrawlrBox either late last year or early
this year. At this point I also made use of my purple
fineliners: a Copic Multiliner in Lavender and a Superior Micro-Line in shade 807.
I used my very old bottle of Winsor & Newton drawing in ink violet on the left figure’s
skirt, and thanks to the aging ink base and dye wanting to separate as it dried, it added
some nice texture as a bonus. I then layered Marabu Aqua Ink over it, and also added it
to her ruffles and bib. I used my violet Dr Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink on the right
side figure’s skirt, lips, and decorative hat chain. With that, I was done with my liquid
inks. I have a Daniel Smith dot card from one of last year’s SketchBoxes, so I made
use of that on the right figure’s hat and the left figure’s blouse. Those shades were
Rose of Ultramarine and Permanent Violet. With that I was down to pencils, gel pens,
two types of acrylics, and my one metallic gansai tambi pan.
I decided to use my Stabilo Carb Othello pastel pencils next to get them out of the way. I
used them along with a blending stump to create a gradient on the left figure’s hat. CarbOthello
pencils aren’t labelled with names, but they do have numbers: 365 and 385. From here I
went back and forth with the different pencils and gel pens to smooth out colours and add
more details. Water soluble pencils were blended with water, and in some cases other pencils
were blended with Gamsol. Again, I’m not going to bore you with the long list of shade names,
but this includes 46 pencils and 8 gel pens. 7 of those gel pens are generic gel pen refills,
and one is a multi-coloured Reverie rainbow pen that happens to be on its purple layer
right now. The pencils included 1 Derwent Watercolor, 2 Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer
watercolours, 7 Derwent Inktense, 6 Joseph Hartmutt, 1 Marco Raffiné, 2 ends of a single
Chameleon pencil, 2 Staedtlers, 2 Laurentiens, 4 Prismacolor Scholars, 7 Prismacolor Premiers,
3 Faber-Castell Goldfabers, and 7 Faber-Castell Polychromos. Can you tell I like coloured
pencils? I think I might have a problem. (Sorry if you hear random noises in the background.
My cats are going crazy and I’m done pausing and repeating myself!)
The Inktense pencils in particular were used to do a lot of smoothing and darkening, since
they do turn to ink when activated with water. Gamsol blending for coloured pencils was mostly
only done on the right side figure’s jacket. The Prismacolor Premier metallic purple was
not very metallic, which was disappointing. The Marco Rafiné was more metallic, and that’s
a cheap Chinese brand off Wish! Once I was done with the pencils, I broke
out that last Kuretake Gansai Tambi pan, 861 Gem Violet, and used it to add a layer of
sparkle to the left figure’s hat and skirt before splattering the whole piece and dabbing
with a paper towel at random. This left me with just the two acrylics to
finish the piece off. I used my Derwent Academy acrylic in Purple on the eyes, the used my
Apple Barrel craft acrylic in Purple Iris to add dots to the eyes, the corners of the
frame, and the centre of the left figure’s head piece.
And with that, the piece was finally finished. What do you think? Let me know in the comments
down below, and tell me which colour I should do next. Thanks so much for watching, and
I’ll see you next time. Bye guys!