The weather has finally started warming up and last week I was able to take my younger students outdoors for a sketching adventure. An hour sketching in the sun with ducks, roosters, ponds, flowers and each other was magical.
The young artists were so enthusiastic and started asking me for recommendations on putting together a little sketching kit that they can easily take with them. I am thrilled to see their response to this experience. Developing a habit of visually documenting one's life can be an extremely rewarding, life long habit.
I believe that through art and play adults and children alike are able to understand their world and to establish connections to different areas in their life. Through art we are better able to understand and appreciate the world around us.
Below is a list of sketching supplies that I love and recommend for young sketchers. You can click on any item listed to go to a link on Amazon.com.
I have really fallen in love with the Stillman & Birn sketchbooks. They come in various categories and sizes. I prefer the:
I like this larger format (about 8.25 x 11.75) but if you prefer a smaller sketchbook, get that instead!
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:
Watercolor travel palette
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.
These travel palettes are small and perfect for sketch booking.
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).
An 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 really convenient.
Other incidentals for a good sketchbook set are:
A water container (like an empty yogurt container or something more artsy like this Art Advantage Double Water Cup With Lid.
Mechanical pencil (so you don't have to worry about a sharpener)
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!