The Tools

No matter what stage you're at in your painting journey, the right tools will:

  • Save you a whole lot of frustration caused by poor quality tools.
  • Save you a whole lot of money and time replacing the wrong tools.
  • Help you automate processes so you can have more time doing what you love, like painting!

Don't worry, we've done the research for you.

Our commitment to you is that we will always go first.

We research and experiment with different art and marketing tools, and then report back with honest recommendations on what you need so you can create beautiful, eco-friendly art you absolutely love. At Sage Leaf Studio, we are committed to sustainability, quality, and cost. If we don't love a tool and it doesn't generally meet these three criteria, we won't recommend it. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability here.

Watercolor Papers

140lb, cold press, sustainable, FSC-certified, and vegan:

Watercolor Brushes

Watercolor Paints

Beginner Collection - Start with these and learn how to mix colors, then move to convenience colors.

Growing Collection (Beginner Collection plus these)

Ultimate Collection (Beginner and Growing Collections plus these)

Want to play? Try these delightful granulating watercolors and sparkles!

Splurge and try these beautiful all natural paints:

Other Art Tools


  • Shopify- for selling you art and managing sales
  • ConvertKit - for managing your email list and sending emails
  • CapCut- for easily creating content videos

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Disclosure: We are constantly researching and learning about existing and new products. While we do our best, know that we're not perfect, we're always learning and improving, and sometimes have to choose materials that don't meet eco-friendly standards because they are the only ones available. When this happens, we try to choose the option that is closest to our sustainability goals even if it means a little more work or cost to us. Luckily, the art and printing worlds are growing in their sustainable options. This will only get better as we and other artists put pressure on vendors to offer more sustainable options. Learn more about our commitment to sustainability here.

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