Favorite Art Supplies & Materials

These are the sketchbooks, pens, brushes, paints, and other art tools that I love to use on a regular basis.

Sketchbooks

A5 Portrait Hahnemuehle Watercolor Sketchbook
A5 Landscape Hahnemuehle Watercolor Sketchbook
Moleskine Watercolor Pocket Sketchbook
Hahnemuehle ZigZag Mini Watercolor Book

NOTE: My favorite sketchbooks for ink & watercolor sketching! Great paper texture, no extreme warping, can use both sides of the paper without bleed-through, dries quickly, and handles watercolor and ink so well.

NOTE: My favorite sketchbooks for ink & watercolor sketching! Great paper texture, no extreme warping, can use both sides of the paper without bleed-through, dries quickly, and handles watercolor and ink so well.

NOTE: A perfect pocket-sized watercolor sketchbook. Great for traveling or keeping in your bag in case you have a quick 20 minutes to sketch. Paper has lovely texture, dries quickly, and allows the paint to play on the page before it dries. Thick paper also prevents any bleed-through or severe warping!

NOTE: Mini sketchbook, size 2.25″x2.25″. Book contains one long strip of paper that folds up accordion-style, so that you can sketch a series of illustrations that are linked together. So many creative possibilities!

Paper

Strathmore 300 Series Watercolor Paper Pad
Hahnemuhle Cezanne Textured Watercolor Paper Block
Hahnemuhle Expression Cold Press Watercolor Paper Block

NOTE: Budget-friendly, cold press watercolor paper that is good starter paper for creating art pieces outside your sketchbook. 300g/m, so it has a nice weight, and the paper has a slightly smoother texture.

NOTE: Beautiful, luscious watercolor paper with a feathery surface texture, great for creating more finished art pieces. 100% cotton rag, 300 g/m. It allows watercolor to feather and flow beautifully, but also allows you to lift and work the paint while it dries.

NOTE: Cold press watercolor paper with a somewhat smooth surface texture, great for creating more finished art pieces. 100% cotton rag, 300 g/m. It allows watercolor to feather and flow beautifully, but also allows you to lift and work the paint while it dries.

Watercolor Palettes

Prima Marketing Watercolor – “The Classics” watercolor palette
Prima Marketing Watercolor – “Decadent Pies” watercolor palette
Prima Marketing Watercolor – “Woodlands” watercolor palette

NOTE: The first watercolor palettes I ever bought, have never regretted, and still use! Such good watercolor for the price. Paints are smooth, rich, and blend beautifully. The tin folds up neatly and is easy to carry for sketching outside or using indoors. The fold-out pans give plenty of room to mix colors. “The Classics” gives you a set of basic colors, great for a general start to watercolor and color mixing.

NOTE: The first watercolor palettes I ever bought, have never regretted, and still use! Such good watercolor for the price. Paints are smooth, rich, and blend beautifully. The tin folds up neatly and is easy to carry for sketching outside or using indoors. The fold-out pans give plenty of room to mix colors. “Decadent Pies” is a beautiful palette set that also gives a surprising ability to mix a variety of colors you can use to paint a variety of subjects.

NOTE: The first watercolor palettes I ever bought, have never regretted, and still use! Such good watercolor for the price. Paints are smooth, rich, and blend beautifully. The tin folds up neatly and is easy to carry for sketching outside or using indoors. The fold-out pans give plenty of room to mix colors. “Woodlands” includes some great greys and browns that come in handy for painting architecture or nature scenes. I often use it alongside some of the other Prima Marketing palettes.

Pens

Sakura Micron Pens – 6 pens, various sizes
Sakura Micron Pens – 6 pens, 01 size
Uni Pin Fineliners – 9 pens, various sizes
Uni Posca White Paint Pen

NOTE: Waterproof ink pens that give rich, black ink, feel smooth on the paper, and are great for general linework or fine details! These are my go-to sketching pens. The variety of sizes is fun to have and experiment with in sketching.

NOTE: Waterproof ink pens that give rich, black ink, feel smooth on the paper, and are great for general linework or fine details! I use the 01 size a lot, and it’s a great size to start with for general sketching.

NOTE: My other go-to sketching pens. Waterproof black ink that is so smooth on the paper. Uni-Pins feel every so slightly more marker-ish than the Sakura Micron pens, so I like to use these if I want that feel when I’m sketching, or if the paper has a toothier texture.

NOTE: A fun pen for adding white details to a finished painting or sketch. The little white highlights can really make your art pop! The white stays fairly opaque over the watercolor paint.

Brushes

Princeton Aqua Elite Brush – Round 8
Princeton Aqua Elite Brush – Round 6
Princeton Aqua Elite Brush – Round 4

NOTE: My go-to watercolor brush. Synthetic bristles are smooth and hold water very well. The pointed tip is excellent for small details.

NOTE: A good-size brush to have on hand for smaller detail work.

NOTE: The brush I use for very fine detail work.

Travel Sketching Supplies

Collapsible Water Cups
Pentel Water Brushes – 3 Sizes
24 Half Pan Watercolor Travel Palette

NOTE: These silicone cups collapse down to pack flat, and are great for filling with water for painting on-site.

NOTE: Water brushes I use for sketching on-site or outdoors, if I don’t want the hassle of bringing a studio brush and cups of water. The stem of the brush holds water that you can squeeze out through the brush tip as needed. The tips are fine and good for detail work. You have less control and finesse than a regular watercolor brush but they are convenient for loose, informal sketching on-the-go!

NOTE: A sturdy palette with lots of room for paint! Folds up compactly and gives lots of space for mixing colors.

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