Tools I Use: Watercolor On-The-Go
A couple people on Dribbble asked me what I use for my paintings, I figure some of you who are into plein air watercolor painting might find it useful too, so here I go:
- Moleskine Pocket Watercolor Book (3.5 x 5.5): the smallest one they have. Initially, I didn’t like that it opens horizontally, but now I know why they make it like that, it makes for awesome wide-angle sketches for all those landscapes.
- Cotman Pocket Travel Watercolor Paint Set: the cheapest and leanest version they have. I bought this one only for $16 from Blick (there are others that are more expensive, but this one works great). It even comes with that tiny little brush.
- Faber Castell PITT Artist pens - dark sepia, small tip: this one I use strictly for my watercolor sketches, because it’s waterproof. I use it for quickly drawing things in, before I lay down the watercolor washes. I don’t use it for my ink sketching, because the tip is a bit too thick for my taste, for all my other sketching/writing I’ve got another pen (see number 6).
- Small glass jar: I carry it empty, I’m a little paranoid that it’ll spill inside my bag. And I fill it up with my drinking water right before I start painting.
- Napkin: I use this a lot, cause of my tiny palette surface, I have to constantly wipe my brush or the palette itself, so my colors don’t get all muddy.
- Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen - 0.4 mm, black: this is my favorite pen, period. I use it for everything; writing, drawing, sketching. It’s got a super thin tip, that, unlike those expensive Microns, doesn’t ever get dull. You can use the pen until the ink runs out completely. And then you just buy the refills. I found this pen a few years ago, can’t remember when or where, and I’ve never wanted to use any other pen since. I’ve been buying my refill inks from this online store (I haven’t been able to find the refills in an art store), I buy them several at a time, cause it’s cheaper.
- Moleskine Cahier Large Plain Notebook (5.25 x 8.25): I use this for my ink sketches. I got into them because of the Sketchbook Project. It’s pretty durable for a soft cover.
That’s everything! I carry these with me at all times. They all fit inside my purse. And I suppose your murse, if you’re a dude, just so long you don’t throw in your keys and wallet in there too.