Spring’s Hottest Art Trends

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Radiant Painting Supplies, Toned Paper, Fancy Lettering and…Gelato?

Every season we scour the painting and drawing scene–from new painting supplies on the market to what’s showcased at Art Materials World to what artists can’t stop talking to us about–for the hottest, most innovative trends that will most likely be arriving at an easel near you.

With art it is always about doing what you love in the studio, no matter the fads that come and go, but knowing what is gaining in popularity with painters, draftsmen, and sketchers in the wider world helps keep you relevant, on point, and part of the ongoing conversation that is art-making. Enjoy!

Courtney

Gamblin Radiants come in eight tints across the color wheel. Painting supplies ideal for exploring underpainting and glazing.
Gamblin Radiants come in eight tints across the color wheel. Painting supplies ideal for exploring underpainting and glazing.

Radiant Colors

In the fashion world, pastels are hot and in the art world they are too. Gamblin Artists Colors answers the call with Radiants — a line of high intensity tints made of pure color plus white. Created by founder Robert Gamblin in homage to lifelong friend and painter Wolf Kahn, who craved a way to work with oils in much the same way he does with pastels, the Radiant line includes lemon, yellow, red, magenta, violet, blue, turquoise, and green.

Gelatos

Kiwi, Bubblegum, Blueberry…the mouthwatering list goes on and on. But we learned our lesson the hard way (gulp!). Faber-Castell’s Gelatos are for painting–painting on paper, canvas, or board–but not for eating. They are creamy, glide on easily, and play well with or without water. Artists who love lettering and calligraphy and want to spice up their A to Z should definitely give them a try!

Painting supplies: Faber-Castell's Gelatos are adaptable across many surfaces and add a pop of color to calligraphy, mixed media, and pen and ink creations.
Faber-Castell’s Gelatos are adaptable across many surfaces and add a pop of color to calligraphy, mixed media, and pen and ink creations.

Toned Paper

I am a diehard fan of toned paper, particularly gray paper, and love that this drawing and painting supplies offering is finally gaining in popularity. I say drawing and painting because now if you work in pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, or gouache, there is a toned paper for you too. Two of Strathmore’s most popular products have come together and had a baby  and they named it 400 Series Toned Mixed Media. We for one can’t get enough of this love child.

Flinders Red Violet

Talking with Tamara of Art Spectrum art supplies out of Australia opened my eyes to the rock star status of this one rich, lush stick of pastel. Flinders Red Violet. People go mad for it, according to the makers, and once I gave it a test run I can see why. The color is incredibly complex and holds a lot of interesting color in it despite being so dark.

Artist Vic Hollins showed us what the Ecoline pen is capable of.
Artist Vic Hollins showed us what the Ecoline pen is capable of.

Calligraphy

Calligraphy, hand lettering, and sign painting are all experiencing an upsurge in popularity this spring. Artists love the creative aspect of using pen and ink, brush and paint, or brush pen and ink in the case of the Ecoline Brush Pen from Royal Talens, to bring ease, color, and fun to the art of lettering.

Working Small

Small boards, painting supplies travel kits, and the urge to paint on the go–all the painting supplies you need are coming together to make it easy and awesome to paint small. Start here if you are ready to Think Big and Paint Small.

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Urban Sketching

From sitting in your car painting the parking lot of the grocery store (James Gurney, I see you, lol!) to going to Dunkin’ Donuts and painting your breakfast before you eat it, urban sketchers are living their lives art first–sketching whenever and wherever the muse takes them, and that means exciting artwork is swirling around us all the time. Crack open your sketchbook and be part of it orr come along for the ride by checking out the @UrbanSketchers Instagram feed.

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Courtney Jordan

About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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