My father taught me a lot about tools. As a child, I would often open one of the drawers in his shop and we would go through all the tools nestled therein. We would admire the feel of each in the hand, and describe its use. When I left home to go to school, I asked for a toolbox of my own. I learned the value of having the right tool for the job. I also learned to take care of my tools.
As a painter, I truly treasure my favorite tools. I use two brushes for 80% of my acrylic painting. I’ve had them for 10 years, and they are still in excellent condition (more on caring for your brushes in an upcoming post).
Do you need the right tool, or can you pick up whatever is at hand and feel the creative force flow through you?
Here’s an interesting article on designers and their favourite tools.