Using quality materials makes sketching a bit easier, because these materials are designed to produce visually appealing drawings.

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Materials I recommend, include in my kits, and use all the time

Artist-grade materials work with you, unlike some craft-grade materials. That’s why I stock art-quality materials and provide them in my workshops. These sketching kits comprise the same materials I use in the field, in the studio, and when I travel.

My sketching kits includes the following materials:

  • Multimedia sketchbook (Hardbound is from Stillman & Birn, softcover is from Art Alternatives)
  • Permanent ink pen (Sharpie ultrafine)
  • Derwent watercolor pencils in red, yellow, and blue (water soluble, easier to use than watercolor pigments if you are new to the medium)
  • Koi watercolor brush
  • 2H drawing pencil
  • Art gum eraser
  • Transparency film
  • Wet-erase marker
  • Brush-dabbing cloth
  • Large resealable plastic bag (to keep everything organized and dry!)

*If you are participating in one of my workshops, these materials will be available for purchase or may be included in the participation fee.

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Order your sketching kit today!

If you are looking for sketching supplies for your own use, I’m happy to ship a sketching kit to you. Click the images below to order your kit and/or sketching guide today.

Field journal basics cover
$11.95 per download; click here for details.
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$15.00 + s&h     Sketching kit with soft-cover sketchbook (Art Alternatives mixed-media paper; 8.5″x5.5″)
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$30.00 +s&h       Sketching kit with hard-cover sketchbook (Stillman & Birn Alpha Series watercolor  paper; 6″x9″)

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If you want to shop for your own art-quality materials:

  • I recommend the same materials I provide in the art kits described above. It is worth investing in artist-grade materials even if you are just getting started.
  • Anything you have will do! Even though artist quality materials will make achieving certain sorts of sketching effects more easy, you don’t actually need anything special to start sketching. Anything you can draw with and draw on will do, (regardless of brand/quality). So, as long as you have the following you’ll be fine:
  1. Sketchbook with blank pages  – You can find lots of options at craft shops if you don’t want to pay art store prices. Just note that using watercolor or other wet media on cheap sketchbook paper isn’t a good idea. You’ll need a paper designed to handle wet media, or watercolors and inks won’t behave the way they should. Pairing the wrong paper and media can complicates your efforts.
  2. Pencils & eraser – If you are just starting out, though, consider not using pencils or erasers. Challenge yourself to use pens and markers, and to not throw anything away. Learn from the marks you make, and think of them all as a record, of what you noticed, thus an end in themselves.
  3. Colored pencils, crayons, or markers – Any are fine, although artist-grade will give you more control, and watercolor pencils (which are included in my kits) make learning to control watercolors much easier. Also, crayons actually provide some neat effects.
  4. Ink pen – If you want waterproof, Sharpie fine-tip marker pens or a fountain pen with waterproof ink are your best bet. If you want water soluable, so you can draw, then use water to create washes, a ball point, a brush pen (like marker, but shaped like a brush tip) or any other soluable ink pen will work. The ink color is up to you – different colors can result in a wide range of visual effects.