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What Author Raven Leilani Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair but the hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked author Raven Leilani — whose novel Luster debuted this month — about the easel, yoga clothes, and head wrap she can’t live without.

I paint a lot in my off time, and this easel is just something that’s easy to set up. It’s really great because I live in an apartment in Brooklyn, and with the easel, I can fold it and stow it away without it being too bulky. I usually set it up by a window. I paint in my bedroom, and with this I can turn my bedroom into a little studio.

Acrylic paint is generally pretty much the same across all brands, but Winsor & Newton is the one I like to splurge on when buying art supplies. I really love it for the softness of the texture and how easily you can blend with it. You can really feel the difference in the paint. It doesn’t clump, it’s very smooth, and the pigment is very, very rich. Acrylic is ultimately plastic, right? So it dries really fast, which is great because you can make mistakes and just paint over them really quickly.