Every once in a while, the question pops up in the comments on this blog: “What’s in your sketch bag?” And while I post about my sketchkit once in a while, enough of it changes over time, and at some point it’s time for an update. So here goes.
Not everything that shows up in a sketch like this is constant: I’m always trying something new, mixing it up a bit, playing with something , and every once in a while, something will stick. And even more rarely, an old favorite disappears.
So what’s gone away? Shockingly, my Pilot Pens. I once drew everything with them. Now they’re gone. The fountain pens have taken over!
My list of “this is new and I haven’t played with it enough yet”? The two Handbook Journal Sketchbooks, red and blue, in the sketch.
What’s there sometimes, and not at other times? The Lamy Safari, the white gelpen and blue CarbOthello Pencil, the Kuretake Sable Pen, and the pencils: these get taken out when I need a minimal kit, as do any new supplies I’m trying out. I love these supplies, I just need to carry a really small kit sometimes.
Which leaves me with my absolute must-haves.
My go-to sketchbook, the Stillman & Birn Beta Watercolor book.
Both my Sailor Bent Nib pens (with either DeAtramentis Document Black Ink or Carbon Platinum Ink in them).
The Pentel Brush Pen.
My Rosemary & Co Dagger brush.(new-ish to my kit over the last few months, but I love it so much already it’s going to stay for sure)
An Escoda travel brush or two.
And my Winsor and Newton travel watercolor kit with an assortment of watercolor paints ( from different brands) in half pans.