My Favorite Tools by Nicholas Wilton | Mar 5, 2017 | 5 comments I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the materials I use most often while painting. They’ve really helped improve my practice. What tools do you use while working? I would really like to know! Wrinda Light so great to see what you use….with soft pastels it’s all pretty straight forward, except when i put some gesso as an under coat, and then i use some old credit card or the like! i’ll definitely check out that other paper towel you showed…i also use paper towel for smudging and rubbing the pastel into the paper at times….might be interesting to try that blue stuff! once again, thank you so much for the time you spend doing all these blogs….you are so generous……i totally enjoy just seeing your studio and your workspace…very inspiring ! have a wonderful sunday also. you must have been up with lark to be in there and put this video together…..cheers, Linda checkboxother I need to get one (or many!) of those painter guides! Three things that are not “artist supplies” which I use all the time: 1. Sequin waste. (find it in sewing notions department or craft aisle) I squidge (Very Important Art Term) molding paste through it for great textural circles. Or dry brush over it. Or wet paint through the holes or apply after for the negative effect. 2. Pencil eraser prints. With paint or ink. Little round dots for days. *swoon* 3. The plastic bit that Scotch tape (or kin) is rolled on. Makes double circles. I use it in molding paste, gel medium, gesso for texture. Or stamp with paint and/or ink. It gets better as it gets older, leaving rougher, more textural surfaces. Fred B. Another tool in the same vein as the painter’s guide are cheap squeegees from the dollar store. They have a flexible silicon edge that smooshes (is that an art term?) down to conform to surfaces with texture (pretty much). The one’s I use are about 10″ long. And the whole tool can be cut down to also squeegee paint into areas of different widths. I also use the cheap dish scrub brushes to lay in area of textured paint. Mary Moquin Can you tell me how you are securing your paintings to the wall? Are you using a track system of some sort? I like to work on the wall as well and I’m trying to refit my studio with a system that allows me to have flexibility and multiple works in process. Thanks! Lisa G Hi Nicholas, I usually work with the painting flat on the table so I can turn it, work the edges, walk around it, etc. then like to hang it to see differently. I would also like to learn about your wall system and how you hang your paintings. I have six or eight linear feet of wall space to play with. Thank you!