Thanks! Haha, yeah going this path can be pretty risky on your wallet. Um, I use a paper called Pro-Art Blending Card, but you only get it in South Africa. There is another called Xpress-It Blending Card that you should find easier which is similar. I would suggest testing paper that is at least 250gsm is on a smooth surface and is acid free. Finding paper youre comfy with will be a bit of its own journey, but look with those details in mind. I use Copic markers. Most complain about the cost of them, but its got more to do with educating yourself before you buy. They have a number system (eg; W2,YR13, R000, etc...) Learning what that means will make deciding easier on which markers will go better together. When first buying, I suggest going for the grey markers first (cool, warm and neutrals) Many artists work with just those for a single artwork, then you can start testing out single colours that work best with those greys. For example. E04 or E71 work well with the greys to stand in as a red. Copic have a cheaper range (Copic Ciao) they dont hold as much ink as the Original and Sketch range, but I highly suggest investing in the ink refills. They will make your markers last AGES (refills the Ciao markers about 10 times over). If you dont go the Copic route, I suggest going into the prismacolor markers. Ive seen great results from other artists using those, but I honestly dont know much about them. Anyway, hope that helps!