Sketching Tools

February 4, 2016

My current sketching kit

My daily sketching kit as of October 2015

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My current sketching kit

My daily sketching kit as of October 2015

Listing

Pens and Pencils (listed from L to R)
– Lamy Joy pen with a gold nib (once was EF but now more like a F-M in thickness) with De Atramentis Document Ink black – please refer to note below for more details.
– Hero M86 fountain pen with Fude nib (55 degree turned up nib).
– Green Sailor fountain pen with 55 degree fude nib filled with mixed grey De Atramentis Document Ink (approx 50:50 Document Blue and Document Brown with a little Dilution Solution).
– Blue Sailor (short bodied – not sure of the model no.) fountain pen with 55 degree fude nib filled with  De Atramentis  Document Brown Ink.
– Blue Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Fog Grey Ink (note: Fog Grey would be more accurately described as like Fog Blue).
– Blue Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled with De Atramentis Document Fog Grey Ink (note: Fog Grey would be more accurately described as like Fog Blue).
– Another Blue Sailor fountain pen with 45 degree fude nib filled at the time of this photo with mixed dark green De Atramentis  Document Ink (a mix of Document Dark Blue and Document Green ). For the record I prefer the 55 degree nib but just happen to have two of these 45 degree nib pens.
– Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen (medium nib) with mixed raw sienna De Atramentis Document ink (a miz of Document Yellow and Document Brown).
– White Gel Pen. I do not have the best brand yet but this one is a Sakuri Gelly Roll. For further information there is a great review here.
– White Chinagraph pencil (various brands). The most readily available in Australia is the Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent White pencil.
– Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle 2B: this is a water soluble graphite penicl that doesn’t smudge too much and makes lovely black marks if you dip the tip in water first.
– Watercolour pencils: Faber Castel Albrecht Durer. Selection: Cadmium Yellow 107 Deep Scarlet Red 219 Middle Purple Pink 125 Dark Indigo 157 Ultramarine 120 Colbalt Green 156 Permanent Green Olive 167 Brown Ochre 182 Burnt Sienna 283 Walnut Brown 177 Warm Grey IV 273 (or warm grey V). Refer below for more details.

Brushes:
Refer to the Brushes Section for more details
– Pentel Aquash Waterbrush in large
– Rosemary Brush #8 travel sable brush
– Rosemary Brushes 1/2 ” sable blend dagger with sharpened end(a stick to draw with and means it fits inside the toothbrush container (with blu tack at the base)


Fast Tools:
– Winsor and Netwon Watercolour Marker (colour: burnt umber)
– Pentel Pocket Brush Pen – great blog post by Roz Stendahl on brush pens is found here.

Paints:
Refer to the Watercolour section for more details
I carry two kits with me generally – my standard kit of 16 half/full pans and a tiny Pocket Palette  with a few extra colours that I occasionally need. Need to share an updated listing of these but it contains pigment such as Cad Yellow and Red, New Gamboge, Indiian Red, Pthalo Green, Perylene Green, Lunar Black, Sodalite, Burnt Quin Orange, Coblat Blue Deep, Coblat Blue, Quin Magenta….

Other:
– A plastic card for scraping
– Sandpaper
– Sharpener by Faber Castell
– Two small water containers
– Double sided tape –  I am still researching the best brand! I only ever use ones that are labelled permanent and acid free but are discovering that many of them are not that!
– Missing in Action at the time of this photo: Small spray bottle for moistening my paints before I start  – if I don’t have it handy use my waterbrush to add a drop of water to each pan.
– Black wrist band for wiping my brush

Interview on Parkablogs
You might be interested in a detailed interview I did on Parkablogs about my art tools here

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