My fave white art media

As you probably already know, I love using white art media in my artwork. And I'm always on the lookout for more to add to my art supply stash because every medium has its pros and cons and this way, I'll always have my bases covered. *winks*

1. Liquitex super heavy gesso

I use gesso to prep the surface of my substrate when I embark on a mixed media project. I also use it as an alternative to white acrylic paint on my artwork because it is less opaque.

I have tried many brands of gesso and I think that Liquitex offers great artist quality gesso for a reasonable price. I love the super heavy gesso version because it can be thinned down with water for a lighter consistency and used as is for a thicker coverage.

2. Faber Castell gelato

This watersoluble crayon is great for adding finishing highlights on a face. I also use this white over a (dried) dark paint colour to lighten it. 

3. Stabilo All pencil

This incredible pencil writes on almost all surfaces including glass, plastic,paper, porcelain and metal. When I've gone too dark, I use this as the last step to draw out the highlights. It is watersoluble and makes a great drawing tool on dark surfaces.

My local art supply store doesn't always stock them so I have 3 backups in my stash. *LOL*

4. Conte Blanc

This is an interesting pencil made from a blend of natural pigments, kaolin clay and graphite. It is smudge-proof and I use it to colour in the white in my eye drawings.

5. Prismacolor pencil

This wax-based pencil is soft and extremely blendable. I use it to lighten dark shades and to highlight aspects of my artwork.

6. Faber Castell pitt pen

This India ink brush pen goes on very bright and vibrant and I love using it to draw out larger highlights.

7. Sakura gelly roll

I love using this gel ink pen for journaling on a dark surface or photos. The fine tip also makes it great for drawing in the finer details in my paintings/drawings.

It is important to clean your pen nib periodically to ensure smooth flow of ink.

8. Uniball Signo

I use this like the Sakura gelly roll - for journaling and highlighting. This one writes better on glossy surfaces (like photos) but the broad nib is not suitable for small areas.

9. Posca paint marker

This is acrylic paint in a marker form so I use it for anything you might possibly use white paint for. I've used it to colour in chipboard, journaling, cover up "mistakes". 

10. Art Spectrum pigmented artists ink & Daler Rowney FW acrylic artists ink

These are very pigmented white ink with slight variations in consistency (AS is much more fluid) and I use them to create dynamic splatters on my artwork.

There you have fave white art media. Do you utilize any on your projects?


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Lisa said...

I have no luck with white pens...they always seem to dry out before I can use them or else they don't flow like they should. I've been on a quest to find a good one so thanks for the tips!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I'm with Lisa -- I have yet to find a white pen that works well for me! :(

Cindy deRosier said...

I've been using my Prismacolor white color pencil for journaling on dark paper. I haven't had consistent luck with white pens. I also use a fair amount of white gesso for covering boxes, cardboard tubes, etc.

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, you really do have all your bases covered! White can be really tricky to get it to show, so I understand the need to keep searching. ;)

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