Bob’s Resource List
of Favorite Stuff for his Studio!

I am always asked at my workshops – What are my favorite art materials I work with in my studio? So, I put together this rather complete list – from paint to paper to brushes; varnishes to mediums; barrier creams to signing pens! As I discover more products and fall in love with them, I will add to my list. These are the products and materials that work for me!

Please Note: This is not my workshop materials list.

Click HERE for printable Art Materials Resource List (PDF).
Click HERE to download Acrobat Reader.

Art Materials

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff


Fabriano Artistico paper

Kilimanjaro Watercolor Paper

Joe’s Prime Wooden Painting Panels

Cheap Joe’s Prime Canvas

Holbein Artist Acrylic Paint

Isabey, Isacryl and Escoda Brushes

Holbein Color Gesso

Jerry’s Artarama


Golden UVLS Polymer Varnish

Derwent Inktense Pencils & Blocks

Derwent Graphitone Pencils

Liquitex Professional Spray Paint, waterbased

Holbein Acrylic Fluid

Holbein Acrylic Inks

Holbein Color Gesso

Utrecht/Dick Blick


Professional Gesso

(Buy in Gallons!)

Nova Color


Ask for a color chart!

Also, Bob buys their empty jars and lids to store extra color mixes.

Masterpiece Artist Canvas

”Museum Wrap” Canvases

Check website for the retailer closest to you.

Bob’s Favorite Drawing Supplies

BFK Rives Drawing Paper

Strathmore Toned Gray Sketch Paper

Strathmore Multi Media Paper

General Pencil

Lyra Graphite Crayons

Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils

Soho Charcoal and Sketch Squares

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink

Dakota Art Pastels (

(Bob’s source for all pastels!)

Paul deMarrais Oil Sticks (

SpectraFix Natural Non-Toxic

Pastel Fixative (Bob uses pump spray)

Bob’s Favorite

Minwax Waterbased Polycrylic Varnish

(your choice of sheen)

Golden’s Polymer Varnish with UVLS

Dorland’s Wax Medium

Brush Cleaners

Citra Solv


Citra Solv’s Artist Site

Also for making collage papers!

Murphys Oil Soap

Full strength!

Marvelous Marianne

Savvy Soap & Brush Cleaner

Bob’s Favorite
Signing Pens

Zig Painty Pens

oil-based, permanent

Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen

Make sure it’s Oil-based!

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Variety of nib sizes. Bob likes Superfine, Fine and Medium.

Hand Barrier Cream

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve

Gloves in a Bottle Shielding Lotion

Marvelous Marianne

Skin Safer


Jerry’s Artarama Studio Easel

Soltek Easel
(plein air)

plein air easel by Artwork Essentials

Art Alternatives

Napa Table Easel & Book Stand 

Framing & Presentation



Custom cut mats, backboards and frames


Acid Free White Artist Tape

Check out this website framing4yourself


OOK Framer’s Pro Wire 30#

also available 50# for heavier pieces


Self-piercing Lath Screws

(buy at the hardware store)


Clear Bags

West of Rockies


East of Rockies


Floater Frames

We buy ours from

(Our favorite is “natural maplewood”)

Shipping Supplies

Airfloat Systems


Art Voyager Art Carrying & Shipping

Jerry’s Artarama

Uline Shipping Supply


Pressure Sensitive Brown Kraft tape (item #S-909)

U-Haul Moving & Storage

Same great tape as ULine, only you can buy one at a time!

Marketing Resources

Professional Artist Magazine

Digital Only

New American Paintings

Published by Open Studios Press

Regional cataloged competitions

Robert Burridge’s Weekly BobBlast

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