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)

If I use loose sheets of paper it’s usually Arches Cold Press 140 lb or 300 lb. I’ve also used the Beta paper cut up into quarter sheets.


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

But only a short time ago, my palette looked like this.
And sometimes I’ll use a small Pocket Palette set up with a modified split triad. That’s the smallest palette I carry.

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 pencilsNalgene 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.






11 Responses to Supplies

  1. Sandy Smith says:

    Thank you for taking the time to list and photograph all this. I follow your blog, appreciate all you do. Best Wishes, Sandy Smith


  2. miatagrrl says:

    I like this handy page where we can peek at all the stuff in your bag! 😉

    – Tina


  3. Lisa says:

    Hi Suhita! I found you via the 30×30 challenge on Marc’s blog and love your work! I was wondering how you carry your brushes? I’ve been doing tons of research on this since I got some new “good” brushes — I’ve only been using them at home for now because I don’t want to ruin them ha! 🙂


  4. Marlene Lee says:

    I find it always interesting to see what other sketchers carry. Do you carry your art supplies at all time along with your personal items like a wallet and cell in one bag? Or are they in a separate bag?


  5. Thanks, I have all of the supplies you listed. I also love my sailor fude pen, it is like 4 in one!! I use a slightly different pick, but that is what makes urban sketching so fun! We all have our different choices. I love fountain pens and have lots with different color inks..


  6. &c says:

    Hi Suhita! What ink do you use in your fude pen? It seems waterproof in your sketches but I know the default cartridge that comes with it isn’t waterproof… Thanks!

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