Blend, buff, and clean up with an artist chamois—a piece of porous animal skin that is both supple and absorbent. Unlike paper towels that disintegrate or terry-cloth rags that crust over with paint, a chamois is the perfect wipe-up tool. This fine-fibered porous leather can absorb a lot of water and catches hard-to-reach debris. It’s also handy for blending chalk, charcoal, and graphite on paper without abrasion. For both the work and the aftermath, an artist chamois is an essential part of any complete artist kit. Browse our selection of the best products below.
1. Jack Richeson Artist Chamois
Get two for the price of one with Jack Richeson’s chamois 2-pack. Each chamois measures 5 by 7 inches and can be used either wet or dry. Use a wet cloth for a deep clean and a dry cloth for buffing, polishing, and blending. This chamois will remain supple and soft even through rigorous blending. Should the cloth become too dirty, simply throw it in the wash.
2. Pro Art Medium Chamois
Pro Art’s medium-sized chamois is another quality pick. Measuring 5 by 7 inches, this chamois is soft, pliable, and absorbent. Perfect for blending and shading pastels, charcoal, and graphite pencils as well as for scrubbing and polishing surfaces, this product is dependable and durable.
3. Royal & Langnickel Artist Chamois
Royal & Langnickel’s artist chamois measures 5 by 7 inches. This buttery-soft chamois is ideal for blending surface textures and for cleaning tough media from worktables. You can’t go wrong with this staple to polish, clean, and shade.
4. Heritage Arts Chamois
Heritage Arts’ 5-by-7-inch chamois is great for artists working in a wide range of media. Thanks to the leather’s high absorbency and ability to blend, this chamois will keep both your workspace and your work in spic-and-span condition. Use this chamois either wet or dry.
5. Ever New Natural Chamois Mega Size
Though marketed as an automobile accessory, this jumbo-sized sheepskin chamois is perfect for a variety of tasks including artistic endeavors. Offering plenty of surface area to cut blending squares and to provide both wet and dry sections, this mega-size chamois measures 6.5 square feet. It is long lasting and super absorbent.