We are starting a new weekly feature on our blog! Hooray! For now on, each week, our art staff will pick an art supply to talk about, letting you know what the product does, why you'd want to have it in your supplies and what to think about when you purchase it. If you're curious to learn more about any art supply or product. Let us know by sending us an email at this link. We'll be sure to do a feature on it.
This week, we start out with the best traveling art supply because you could take with you wherever you go: DERWENT WATER BRUSHES!
What can you do with it, and how does it stand out?
This little water brush or any similar brand is a must have for your travel art set! It’s water reservoir eliminates the need for carrying around a water container. I always tote one of these with me, along with my watercolor pencils or travel watercolor palette.
Any tips or techniques for using it? Likes/ dislikes?
There are a lot of different brands and styles out there but I would recommend investing in one of the higher quality water brushes, so it’s holds up and you don’t have issues with leakage. I would also getting a size/style of brush tip that is the most universal to carry around with you. I love the small-medium sized round. Also, carry a rag to clean the brush in between colors, or cut a small bit of sponge to stick in your color palette. Squeeze the brush and dab again the rag/sponge to clean.
Do we stock it regularly, or is it a special find?
Yes, we stock it all the time!
Link to buy it on our art supply site:
Mixed medium mural and canvas artist, Sean P. Lambert lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He has been building community with art projects and collaborations with other artists. His colorful abstract paintings with wild explosions of shapes and lines give it movement and play that keep your mind attentive and active. It's no wonder he advises that art is good for your brain. Some of his Portland claims to fame have been to win the 2018 Nike BIKETOWN Design Challenge, in which bikes were custom wrapped with Lambert’s artwork and to have a series of murals, enlivening boarded-up storefronts, featured in the Willamette Week’s coverage of the Portland Street Art scene during the pandemic in May 2020.
Tell us briefly about your art:
Although I'm best known for myabstract renderings on paper and canvas, utilizing a bright color palette in a variety of mediums, My dedication to color, form and balance is a fresh and vibrant take on contemporary creativity. Unafraid to mashup imagery with my more familiar milieu, my explorative nature comes full circle in a variety of pieces wherein the viewer can interpret the ranging lines and shapes as recognizable pieces of a larger continuous whole. With donations of my work over the last year raising in excess of $15,000 for such organizations as Cascade AIDS Project, Our House of Portland, Camp Fire Columbia, Don’t Shoot PDX, Beyond Black CDC, Equal Justice Initiative and others, I readily contributes to efforts that recognize the importance of the arts in combating the negative forces impacting our most vulnerable communities.
What is your main medium of art?
Primarily mixed media on paper and canvas, silk screen printing and murals.
What are your website and links?
Heather Reed is the Assistant Manager/Buyer and office rockstar at IBF. She writes all of our emails, blog posts and and manages all of our social media sites. Heather is also an artist and has experience in lots of various mediums. You will usually find her researching new products, finding the best bargains, writing, painting, enjoying nature, all while chasing around her two vivacious little boys.