Crazdude’s list of Materials, Tools, and Suppliers

Have you ever wanted to know where I order particular items? How I get things printed? What type of laminator I use? Where I get my… HOLOGRAPHIC FILM?? :0 Well, hopefully this list will satisfy your curiosity!

Why is Craz providing her suppliers, materials, and sources?

The internet is a valuable resource for young artists and independent professionals to use to find materials, suppliers, and tutorials (with the help of Google, Amazon, and Youtube.) Professional artists like myself have done the legwork to find suppliers, test materials to see what we like, and develop our skills over time. Too many professional artists get the same question over and over again about materials or suppliers from various followers and young artists. I understand how the constant inquiry can be exhausting since I have gotten some of the same questions via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It is important to note that artists are never obligated to divulge their sources and suppliers. Whether it is from lack of time, constant questioning, fear of the market overflowing with similar products, or fear of their suppliers getting overworked and pushing back turn-around time, I respect those who chose not to say who they work with.

I personally feel that I’ve enjoyed helping other artists with other advice posts and don’t see this topic as being any different. Just as I have created lists for advice on shipping, preparing for artist alleys, and establishing your business, I feel that a comprehensive blog post of my suppliers could also help young artists. I would also like to help my suppliers to proliferate (expand their manufacturing capabilities, hire more employees, etc.) I don’t fear that it will affect my turn-around time or affect my sales. By sharing my suppliers, I’m not sharing my aesthetic or skills. The diversity of art on different products makes these products more collectable (people will want to collect them from various artists; especially with small items like lanyards, pins, buttons, and bandanas!) With this list, it is my goal to help fellow artists to connect with my suppliers so that they all can succeed and grow!

This is as much a reference for my fellow artists as it is for myself. It’s a quick stop shop to find all my favorites. As my preferences and suppliers change with time, I plan to update and add to this list.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that this list is only in regard to items that I have used (I don’t have preferences on enamel pin manufacturers, acrylic charms, wooden charms, Vinyl sticker, or lanyard printing since I haven’t created those yet! Although Zap Creatives, Paw Printing UK, and StickerApp are some good places to start!)

Also, I may list items below without shopping links for one of a few different reasons:

  1. I don’t have a preference on shop
  2. there are multiple shop options available
  3. brand is irrelevant or I haven’t worked with enough brands to verify my preference.
  4. it is no longer available for purchase or purchased in store
  5. Or it can be Googled for more information

If you have items in mind that I haven’t mentioned
or want to suggest a favorite tool or supplier,
please leave a comment in the comments section below!


 

Basic Supplies

Papers

 

Non-Photo Blue pencil – ideal for working out preliminary poses and proportion before finalizing sketches with graphite

 

Mechanical Pencils – I use both .05mm and .07mm thickness of lead. I have no preference on the pencil structure. Consider transportability and comfort when making your purchase. Also I had cheaper pencils while I was in college and I had more chances of losing them.

 

Pentel “Clic” Eraser

 

Lining pens

  • Sakura Pigma Micron pens – 005, 01, 02, 03, 05, and other tip styles (like chisel and brush) for lining or filling in larger spaces. I use black pigmented Micron pens and sometimes other various colors
  • Faber-Castell PITT pens – I like the brush tip on the Faber Castel pens and greater variety of colors

 

Accenting pens

 

Markers

 

Colored pencils

  • Prismacolor – ideal for rich, buttery color. blend well
  • Crayola – ideal for sharp details on top of Prismacolor or adding a light base color before blending with Prismacolor

 

Watercolor

 

Pen & Marker storage

 

 

Other Materials & Tools

Holographic transparent film

 

Accents

  • Various kinds of Scrapbooking stickers
  • Gemstones
  • Ribbons
  • Googly eyes

 

Scissors

 

X-acto Knife (for finer details)

 

UV Flashlight – Escolite UV Flashlight Black Light, 51 LED

 

Straight edge paper cutter – Dahle 508 Personal Rolling Trimmer

  • 18″ Cut Length
  • Cuts through 7 Sheets at a time
  • Self-Sharpening Blade
  • Cuts in Either Direction
  • Automatic Paper Clamp

 

Laminator – Apache AL18P 18″ Professional Laminator

  • can laminate 3-10mil lamination quickly and smoothly
  • adjustable temperature
  • pressure rollers help ensure a tight seal
  • reverse option (comes in handy when you forget to sign a badge or want to use part of a lamination sheet and save the rest for later)

 

Lamination – Oregon Lamination Premium brand from Amazon

  • 3mil – for thick or multi/layered papers
  • 5mil-7mil – for smooth Bristol paper or cardstock
  • 10mil – for copy paper or marker paper

 

Lanyard/Badge Punches

 

Cell phone holder

  • Used to hold my phone above my work space for live-streaming my traditional artwork

 

Technology

  • Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Illustrator & Photoshop)
  • Wacom Intuos 4 tablet
  • Macintosh OS
  • WordPress (Website) with Woocommerce (shop plug-ins)
  • Trello – Read more here
  • If this then that App – to cross-post from Instagram and other social media

 

Material/Tool Suppliers

Jetpens.com – Pens, Papers, pencils, erasers

Blickarts.com – Copic Marker Refills, Colored Pencils, paints, papers

Amazon.com – frames, sharpies, large Prismacolor marker set, and various art and mailing supplies

JerrysArtarama.com – canvases, canvas frames, display

Clearbags.com – mats for prints, jewelry bags for pins

BagsUnlimited.com – poly sleeves for prints, mailing supplies, shopping bags

Craft and Office Supply Stores

  • Hobby Lobby – holographic transparent film, scrapbook paper
  • JoAnn Fabrics – fabrics for table display, scrapbook paper
  • A.C. Moore – various pencils, pens, storage, stickers
  • Michael’s – various pencils, pens, storage
  • OfficeMax – sign clips for display, badge clips, simple lanyards, bubble mailers, tape

 

Printers & Manufacturers

Catprint.com – Posters, prints, greeting cards, business cards, sticker sheets (Like my art? Consider clicking the Catprint.com Referral link – Catprint will award my account $10 for each person who creates an account!)

Kittyboxpress.com – T-shirts

oneinchround.com – Buttons

OfficeMax/OfficeDepot.com – Digital badge photocopier prints (for pick-up in store), self-inking stamps, and return address labels

 

Convention Display

These are items that I currently use or have used in the past for my convention and arts & crafts sale displays

Wire-grid interlocking Cube shelving – for walls to clip badges and posters to

Photography backdrop support – for holding up artwork, curtain and/or banner behind display

Print, card, and book display racks of various kinds:

 


If anyone has comments or input to share, I would appreciate your comments below!

Much LORF!
Crazdude




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2 Responses to “Crazdude’s list of Materials, Tools, and Suppliers

  • Oh wow! This is really comprehensive and super-helpful! (I’ve been using an ammo box with cardboard dividers to hold my markers. I didn’t even know they made nice cases that weren’t copic-specific!)

    Out of curiosity, have you ever tried zebra pens? (https://www.jetpens.com/Zebra-Disposable-Brush-Pen-Fine/pd/2307) I used the PITT brush pens for years, but after trying this once I was hooked! The tips last much longer than PITT’s do, they do good fine work as well as thicker lines, and the ink doesn’t tend to bleed as much when you marker over it.

    which I know sounds like a sales pitch. I’m just really excited by them.

    Anyway–thanks for putting all these great advice posts!

    • Aww great! I’m so glad this list helped you and I’m glad you’re enjoying the advice posts!

      Haha, I know the feeling with the ammo box! I was using a $20 tool box with $10 snap-together sock-drawer organizer inside to hold the markers upright while traveling to cons. Since the double-ended markers don’t do well with prolonged upright position (ink all runs to the bottom tip) and because I stopped taking my 300+ piece set to cons, I think they’re much happier in the marker racks from Amazon (or at least when I remember to”pick up my toys” after each marker commission I work on! oops lol!)

      And Thank you for sharing a glowing review of Zebra pens! I have heard other artists use them but I have yet to try them myself. I will have to treat myself to them soon; I always like the chance to try something new! Thank you so much!

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