Being the dollar-senseless kindergartener I was, I somehow convinced my mother to spend large sums of money on Swedish art supplies when we were struggling to pay rent. I was only five, and could not distinguish a wax pastel from a pencil crayon. Not wanting to waste the professional art supplies before I inevitably lose them, my mother often used them to sketch and paint beautiful landscapes. I watched her scratch at printer paper with colourful sticks after school, marvelling at her resoluteness. Most of the art supplies we used over ten years ago still remains in my closet today. For my oil paintings, I rely on materials sourced from second-hand barter platforms and clearance aisles. The watercolours I use come from the Sakura brand. The pocket-sized set I use can be purchased for less than $30 online and at your local art store. The pens… I don’t know where the pens come from. All my embroidery threads and hoops come from eBay, with the fabrics salvaged from old cushion covers and fast fashion jeans.
Ink on Paper
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