Stuff I Like

Recently I received a few emails from fellow artists and art-students who were curious about what products and tools I use, mostly things related to creating texture and specific colours.  A few months ago I discovered (mostly due to a successful grant application for The Braille Project) a couple things that I now use all the time, so I figured I’d put together a quick list of those things as well as well as my most-loved products from the beginning.

HERE WE GO!

1.   Princeton Catalyst Silicone Wedges:Screen Shot 2014-04-06 at 8.03.11 PMScreen Shot 2014-04-06 at 8.02.06 PM

Until now I’ve been pretty sold on pallet knives, and while I still use them (see below), these have been kind of a game changer for me. I’m pretty sure by now I have this whole set; I thought I’d only use the grey version pictured above (No.1) or the basic white one, but eventually I went and ordered the rest of them because each of textures they produce is so different and, given that I’m working on a project heavily focused on texture & touch, I decided I should give them all a try. Catalyst also produces a more rigid (plastic?) version of these, and I’ve tried a couple of them, but I still prefer the flexibility of the silicone option, and I think that’s why I think I now prefer them to the traditional metal knife. Since in the last year or so I’ve grown more attracted to finger-painting, I’m really enjoying the feeling of control I have using these things with my hand so close to the canvas. With that said, they do offer an option with a wooden handle, if you prefer distance from your canvas. (I actually own this one, but my dog bit a chunk out of it.)

2.   Connoisseur Italian Painting Knife, #64:

I do still use a knife occasionally, and this is the shape of the one I tend to use most. I don’t care at all about brand when it comes to painting-tools (or let’s face it, pretty much anything), but this is the closest I could find to the one I use. The edges make it pretty versatile and the length of it allows it to bend fairly easily.

3.   This set of brushes:

My mom got me this set for Christmas last year, and now, anytime I need a brush, I use one of these. I really hate spending money on brushes because I’m super lazy and hate cleaning up after myself, and even though these aren’t expensive I’d probably still wake up crying if I forgot to clean one after I used it. I use the smallest two the most often, but lately I’m enjoying the spatter brush (which is a bit of a luxury since you can create a similar effect with a normal paintbrush, but hey). The bristles on all the brushes hold firm and are great for applying super-saturated paint or dry-brush techniques, which is what I resort to most often.

4.   Wooden Tongue Depressors:

tongue

Yes, seriously. I can’t stress enough how much easier my life became once I invested in a bunch of these to use for scooping paint out of containers. In the past— because my friends worked at coffee-shops and would steal me supplies— I used those really skinny coffee stir sticks, but they are so brittle and I’d more often find myself using ten or twelve to fashion something strong enough to hold the weight of acrylic, and because I’m insanely messy and moronically lazy when I paint, I’d leave them in piles around the studio. The tongue depressors can be used over and over, given that they’re sturdy and can stand to be wiped clean, or (if you’re lazy like me) left out to dry.

I also occasionally use these things to smear paint on my canvas if I want a square, dry-brushed look.

5.   Super Heavy Gloss Acrylic Gel Medium:

Gel medium is something I discovered early on when I realized I loved creating peaks and thick, obvious textures and generally just extending the life of my paint, if nothing else. Even though gesso is an actual primer, I tend to think of gel medium as one too; using a good one allows the paint to take on its quality, and transforming its own texture. I now use a variety of them (most recently a good pouring medium), but I always come back to the super heavy gel gloss medium. I don’t know what it is about ultra-glossy paintings, but I can’t get enough. Most of the time, I feel like they just look better. The colours seem so much more vibrant, which is what I’m going for most of the time.

6.   Fluorescent pink acrylic paint, obviously:

pink

I mostly use Amsterdam Acrylic paints, because they have a wide variety available at my local art store, and while I like to buy in bulk, sometimes they have such specific colours and only offer them in 250mL tubes and I begrudgingly end up buying five or six of them because I CAN’T QUITE FIND THAT COLOUR anywhere else. That said, I couldn’t find a link to the one I use, so LIQUITEX AGAIN.  I always like to mix my colours at least a little bit to avoid that just-out-of-the-tube look that can sometimes take away from an otherwise nice composition, and lately I’ve been mixing the above fluorescent pink with a bit of red to give it a deeper hue. I also like to mix it with some lemon yellow to create that delicious tangerine orange found in paintings like these.

That said, my love affair with prussian blue, and seafoam green shows no signs of waning.

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I’ll probably kick myself after I hit “publish” once I realize I forgot something, but oh well. Going forward, I’d like to buy myself a step-ladder for those really tall paintings, as well as new easel, but the one I have hasn’t completely broken yet so I’m having a hard time justifying that purchase just yet.

I’d seriously love to know what you guys are using. Any awesome painting tools or products out there that I should know about?

6th April, SundayReblog
The Braille Project: Faye Harnest and Devon Sioui! | Echolocation ↘

thebrailleproject:

"Often we want the words, the paint colors, and the paint textures to echo each other, but one thing we’re doing that I really like is juxtaposing images with text that contradicts it. In the painting “Confused with Gray,” we labeled colors with the wrong words: over a blue area, we’ve brailled the word “white,” and on a white area, we’ve brailled the word “blue.” Paying attention to what that disconnect produces can be interesting." 

The always-incredible Echolocation asked us some questions and featured us on their site! We talk about our objectives and process with the Braille Project and Faye discusses her ongoing relationship with braille.

Echolocation’s blog features an interview with a writer or visual artist every week. 
Check it out here

Echolocation highlights The Braille Project on their weekly artist feature

4th March, TuesdayReblog
Straight to the Cotton Coated Colour Pad~44” x 58” acrylic on canvasDevon E. SiouiFrom Painting For Peripherals, 2014

Straight to the Cotton Coated Colour Pad
~44” x 58” acrylic on canvas
Devon E. Sioui

From Painting For Peripherals, 2014

Singing As I Paint (Ignoring Inner Dialogue)~33” x 33” acrylic on canvasDevon E. SiouiFrom Painting For Peripherals, 2014

Singing As I Paint (Ignoring Inner Dialogue)
~33” x 33” acrylic on canvas
Devon E. Sioui

From Painting For Peripherals, 2014

This giant-dick-painting is about to… Change.

This giant-dick-painting is about to… Change.

The StudioI talk a lot about my studio but I haven’t really shared any photos of my new space. Our loft is…View Post

The Studio

I talk a lot about my studio but I haven’t really shared any photos of my new space. Our loft is…

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thebrailleproject:

Happy Valentine’s Day!

thebrailleproject:

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Bird Cherry Imitatress18” x 24” acrylic on canvas2014
Devon E. Sioui

Bird Cherry Imitatress
18” x 24” acrylic on canvas
2014

Devon E. Sioui


Mourning Mountains (On a Milk Sea)~36” x 55” acrylic on canvas2014
Devon E. Sioui

The very first three paintings of 2014 are now up on the website! It appears I’m still very into red and blue variations.

Mourning Mountains (On a Milk Sea)
~36” x 55” acrylic on canvas
2014

Devon E. Sioui

The very first three paintings of 2014 are now up on the website! It appears I’m still very into red and blue variations.

sstphoto:

Average day at Good Intentions Studio 
Toronto’s old coffin factory

Dec. 2011

Miss you, old studio. 

29th January, WednesdayReblog
Horsies

Horsies

PRIMARY NUMBER TWO16” x 20” acrylic on canvas2013Devon E. Sioui

PRIMARY NUMBER TWO
16” x 20” acrylic on canvas
2013

Devon E. Sioui


The New Studio Facing East, 2013

The New Studio Facing East, 2013

fayeharnest:

THE BRAILLE PROJECT paintings are now up and ready for you to get your grimy hands on! You can also get someone else’s hands to massage you at the same time.

thebrailleproject:

We finished THREE new paintings over the weekend, and we’ve had the good fortune of hanging them at the Upper Beach Health & Wellness Centre in the east end of Toronto! Who needs magazines in the waiting room when you can touch paintings?!

make a show of boldness is repeated in pink braille throughout. 

30” x 30” acrylic & mixed media on canvas
Faye Harnest & Devon Sioui for PLEASE DO TOUCH & THE BRAILLE PROJECT

THE BRAILLE PROJECT paintings are now up and ready for you to get your grimy hands on! You can also get someone else’s hands to massage you at the same time.

MAKE A SHOW OF BOLDNESS. I think this one may be my favourite. If I’m allowed to say that. And even if I’m not.

9th December, MondayReblog
Because I work a day-job in social media- Thirty-three years ago today, John Lennon died. But according to this creepy article, he’ll be…View Post

Because I work a day-job in social media

- Thirty-three years ago today, John Lennon died. But according to this creepy article, he’ll be…

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