Shopping for art supplies and books is one of the best things about being an artist but it can also be overwhelming if you haven't figured out your favorites yet. Below is a list of sketching supplies that I love and recommend. You don’t need to buy all of these supplies or even any of them. You can bring what you have on the first day of class and figure out from there what you would like to buy. Y
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There are a lot of sketchbook options out there! And picking one is really a personal choice, everything from the size to the type of paper. Since I work mostly with ink and watercolors in my sketchbooks, I like using Moleskin watercolor sketchbooks or Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. They come in various categories and sizes. I prefer the:
I like the 8.25 x 11.75 or slightly smaller. You should get the size that you think you will enjoy the most!
Waterproof ink pens in black ink, in various sizes. Many brands claim to be waterproof but end up smearing and ghosting ink when we paint over them so I prefer the Black, Pigma Micron Pens which are truly waterproof. It's good to have a variety of pen sizes for various weights of line. I like the:
If you want to use fountain pens instead, I recommend the below listed fountain pen with water soluble ink instead of waterproof. This is really only if you are interested in fountain pens and want a recommendation for them. These are some suggestions:
Converter for ink (so you can use inks of your choice)
Watercolor travel palette
There are a lot of options out there. Below are some of the most popular with a great range in prices.
I recommend Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers' Pocket Box 12-color Half Pan as a starter set. If you are not sure how much you will enjoy sketch booking and don't want to spend much, this set is one of the best for a student level watercolor set.
If you are feeling a bit more luxurious, there are several professional grade kits that are just wonderful. Here are some of my favorites.
All these travel palettes are smaller and perfect for sketchbooking.
If you like the idea of picking your own colors, then I recommend getting this metal palette and filling it with your favorite paints. If you are signed up for one of my travel workshops, I will be selling these palettes filled with my favorite colors as an option.
My favorite colors for my travel set include these Daniel Smith watercolors:
I recommend having at least three travel brushes of various sizes. It’s important that they are travel brushes (they will have caps on them so that they don’t get ruined when you put them in your bag).
A affordable and convenient option is the Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brush Assorted Tips, Pack of 3. These brushes can be filled with water and are quite convenient.
On the high end side of options I recommend the wonderful da Vinci travel brushes set. They are a joy to paint with.
Other incidentals for a good sketchbook set are:
If you want to add color pencils to your sketchbook supplies, I recommend Prismacolor Premier pencils.
Mechanical pencil (so you don't have to worry about a sharpener)
A ruler (preferably clear)
A little bag to keep all your pens, pencil, erasers and ruler in. I love these little beauties because you can open them and stand up the bag like a cup to hold everything upright while you sketch.
And that's a list of my favorites. Enjoy!
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