New Art Supplies: Fred Aldous

Art supplies

I first discovered Fred Aldous when I was using Copic markers on my daily people drawings, because they sold the colours I wanted at really good prices. Unfortunately I don’t think there’s a ‘real life’ Fred Aldous shop in London (if there is, let me know!) but that just means that I spend a lot of time browsing their website.

I stocked up on a few new things recently and thought I’d let you know what I bought. Incidentally, delivery from Fred Aldous always seems to be really fast, which I love.

Lately I’ve been working every day on making patterns in my pocket-sized Moleskine sketchbook and that has meant that I’ve made some use of my thinnest paintbrush, which is a Winsor and Newton Cotman round brush in size 0. It’s starting to look a bit ‘well used’ so I ordered another, along with one in size ’00’ which I think will be really handy for some more detailed painting.

Pens and brushes

I’ve also been using white Gelly Roll pens for a lot of my patterns and when I saw the metallic Gelly Rolls on the Fred Aldous site I decided to give them a try too. So far I’ve only used the copper one and I found that the flow of ink was a bit hit and miss at first but it seems fine now I’ve used it for a while.

Ink pads

I’ve also made some rubber stamps to create some of my patterns and I really liked the dark blue Versacraft ink pad that I bought a while ago, so decided to add to my collection with a handful of tiny Versacraft pads in a few different colours. To be honest, the orange and the tangerine are virtually identical but I’m sure I’ll get good use out of both of them. The coral ink is much paler than I’d anticipated but I’m sure it’ll work really nicely on a darker background.

Khadi Sketchbook

One item that’s unrelated to the patterns I’ve been making is a new sketchbook. It’s hand-made by Khadi papers and is 13 x 16 cm. I tend to favour the Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks and also like Strathmore when I can get them for a good price, but I’d heard good things about the Khadi paper and I like to try out new sketchbooks, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this one works for me. It’s a hard backed sketchbook with white, smooth watercolour paper inside.

I’ll be sure to let you know if anything I bought in my latest Fred Aldous order becomes a favourite for me, and in the meantime I’d recommend checking out their website if you need new art or craft supplies.


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