An Ethel Among Mermans (thornwolf) wrote,
An Ethel Among Mermans

Reeves brand art supplies - An informal review

(X posted to the ArtSpots forums)

I figured I'd share my thoughts on a brand of art supplies I've been using for years: Reeves.

I will start out by saying that this brand is PERFECT for anyone wanting to experiment with a new medium without wanting to invest in the huge fancy expensive sets right off the bat. I made this mistake before with my oil paints. I bought the expensive set, didn't know how to use them, used them once, failed, sold them off out of frustration. But with Reeves I've been able to mix and match and try things out before I invest without the buyers remorse! They offer a great variety in different kinds of mediums: Watercolor (both tube and cake), Acrylic, Oil, Gouache, Chalk Pastel, Oil Pastel...and they're available almost anywhere. Michaels and Aaron Brothers has them I know for certain, I think Dick Blick also has them (I'm almost certain they would anyways). To give you an idea of the price, the large set of watercolors cost me 8 bucks and some change at Michaels. They can range between 8-12 bucks depending on the set, but try that vs. 80 bucks for a full set of oil paints without even a brown in the set! Not bad at all I'd say. Here's what the packaging looks like (this is the watercolor set btw)

And this is their logo for reference:

Currently they are what I use when I'm painting something. I use both the tube and the cake watercolors depending on the project, and they are of decent quality. The tubes I have are very small but they've lasted me for my entire gallery if you check all the images I've made where watercolors were involved. I've had it for years and its still going! The cake watercolors are also pretty good. Theyre not "the best" but they get pretty good coverage and decent color quality.

And again, if you like the medium you've experimented with, you can always go out and buy a higher more expensive quality, but as my personal word of advice, this brand is, again, excellent if you're just trying things out (or like me, just wanna keep some inexpensive art supplies hanging around for regular use!)
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