The Tools Artists Use: Inside The Bombay Velvet and Masaan Contest Goodie Bags

The recently concluded Masaan and Bombay Velvet poster design contests were truly exciting with a total of almost a 150 submissions! We received artworks not only from artists and fans in India, but also from Iran, Mexico, Peru and more!

As prizes for the winners, our idea was to create goodie bags which gave artists a chance to experience some seriously premium brands, and experiment with different tools and mediums while at it.

After spending a whole lot of time researching artist tools we zeroed in on some awesome art supplies that we thought would be perfect for artists to explore.

We decided to go with a bit of everything to give the artists an opportunity to dabble in mediums that they had yet to discover. A sketchbook, oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel colours and a few beautiful sketching pencils seemed like quite the ideal gift basket.

The Goodie Bag


We chose the Moleskine Large Sketchbook as it is perfect for on the go drawings, sketches and tempera colours. A good place to start for anyone wishing to gain some expertise in drawing by hand and a beautiful way to document a visual journal for those already well accustomed to sketching.

Like its black best selling counterpart, it has a cardboard bound cover with rounded corners, acid free paper, a bookmark, an elastic closure and an expandable inner pocket that contains the Moleskine history.


Liquitex offers the largest array of vibrant acrylic paints, mediums and tools to enable acrylic artists to continually explore their art and take it to new and unprecedented boundaries. Heavy Body Artist Acrylic Paint, previously referred to as High Viscosity, has a thick consistency for traditional art techniques using brushes or knives, as well as for experimental, mixed media, collage and printmaking applications.

The Goodie Bag


Soft pastels seem to be the most recognized form of pastel colours. However hard and semi-hard pastels have a place in the art supplies of any decent pastel artist.

Cretacolor hard pastels have been recognized by artists all over the world for their brilliant colors and high pigmentation. Their square shape lends itself well to painting both large surfaces and small details. They are characterized by especially soft, oil-free strokes. All colors can be mixed together, smudged or dissolved with water. A fixative spray coat is recommended when hard pastels are applied to most paper surfaces.


The Monolith Graphite Pencil thrills artists with its ability to create broad and fine strokes with a single pencil.

Cretacolor’s Monolith Woodless Pencil is made with the purest graphite from Austria, formed into a 7 mm solid stick with a protective lacquer coating. Artists are thrilled by the broad and fine strokes that can easily be achieved with only one pencil.


The Huile Fine Oil Colours are good choice for any artist with little or no experience in oil painting.

Pebeo‘s super fine art oil paints provide a range of intense colours with a remarkable long term stability. Their rich creamy consistency is suitable for all techniques and allows users to express their creativity with 60 intensely deep colours in 3 series.


Are there any art supplies that you particularly love? Let us know in the comments below.


2 thoughts on “The Tools Artists Use: Inside The Bombay Velvet and Masaan Contest Goodie Bags

  1. I would love to try the Cretacolor Monolith graphite pencils. I love drawing typography & calligraphy with zentangle around it. I have a calligraphy kit with markers of different size tips but I really want a real calligraphy pen. I have a charcoal pencil that I love but it smears so easy. I’m inspired by Irian Vinnik, I love his calandars.

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  2. I love the inspiration behind this article. Buying art supplies can be really challenging, especially for new artists, but here is a solution.


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