Note: My supplies list is ever-changing, so what you see here only reflects what I am currently loving and experimenting with.
Sketchbooks and Paper
My favorite sketchbook is the 9×12 inch Stillman & Birn wirebound Beta. I love the size, it lets me work freely. And I love that it’s hardbound so I don’t need to rest it on a surface to use it (I often draw and paint standing). The wirebinding lets me fold it in half if I need to; it also lets me ‘hang’ a wet page open to dry while working on the next page.
Right now I also carry a smaller Alpha around.
The Fabriano Classic Artist’s Journal you see in this photo mostly stays home or goes to my local cafe with me… it’s too bulky to take everywhere but I love that it has a huge amount of thin pages, great for drawing lots of little stuff at home. ( I mostly fill it’s pages with sketches of my kids doing homework, the one time they sit still)
This is the part of my kit that changes most often. Here’s what I currently have in my kit:
Left to Right (all colors are Daniel Smith unless otherwise noted)
Sepia, Indanthrone Blue, W&N Burnt Sienna
W&N Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Teal Blue, Green Gold, Phthalo Green
Quin Pink, Alizarin Crimson, Imperial Purple
New Gamboge, Aussie Red Gold, Transparent Pyrrol Orange
Hansa Yellow Light, Buff Titanium, Monte Amiata Natural Sienna
Here is what else is in my sketchbag just now.
General’s Sketch and Wash Pencil: watersoluble graphite, can be used dry too.
Exacto Knife, Blackwing Pencil,a pencil that’s dark but not too dark, and feels like butter on paper, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Waterbrush (mostly used to create washes along with the brush pen), Sailor Bent Nib Pen, 55 degree angle nib (I just LOVE this pen, it gives great variable line with a little practice).
White Gouache, Art Graf grapite in a tin, a few Derwent Inktense pencils, Nalgene container for water, a spray bottle in case my paints dry out (you can see from the picture below, they rarely do), an assortment of brushes including a Rosemary & Co. 1/2 inch Sable blend dagger brush, and a Molotow Acrylic Marker in white.
The ink is my fountain pens is usually waterproof (when dry). My two favorite black inks are De Atramentis Document Ink and Platinum Carbon Ink.