Updated Sketching Tools Section

August 14, 2023 | 2 Comments

Last week I spent quite a bit of time updating my Sketching Tools section and I’m very excited to be able to share it all with you today.

Most of the information was still relevant but I was amazed at how much I added and adjusted! The sections on coloured and markers were the ones that had the most updates with lots of new links added so that you can more easily find the best articles about the mixed media explorations I’ve done over the past 18 months.

I also took some new photos – including sorting out my De Atramentis Document Ink collection (hmm, I have a lot of different coloured inks!)


On the main Sketching Tools page you will see my everyday sketching kit (photo taken Oct 2022 and still relevant) and index to all the different categories.

Here are direct links to all the sections:

  • Sketchbooks –  lots of advice on how to choose a sketchbook plus an index to all the different sketchbooks I’ve used. You can also find the answers to the two most frequently asked questions about the guidelines for my writing and how I do the date headings!
  • Watercolour – links to my everyday palette (and the Colours in my Palette series), 6-colour palette, 12-colour palette and links to other important watercolour articles.
  • Brushes – find out why I use a dagger brush and some of my other favourite brushes.
  • Fountain Pens – links to my epic fountain pen series!
  • Ink – see my extensive De Atramentis Document Ink collection in detail, find out about other permanent inks which are suitable for fountain pens and some coloured ink sketches for inspiration.
  • Pens and Markers – find out which are the most popular fineliners and follow links to lots of articles on various types of markers I like using for sketching.
  • Pencils – follow links to all the different coloured pencils and watercolour pencils I’ve been using lately.
  • Kit in Action –  how I use my kit when sketching on location including support boards and stools and more!
  • Sketching bags – updated to include details about my favourite sketching bag and how I use its pockets.

There are still parts that I want to update and add to but I’m so happy with how much I was able to do last week and I hope that you enjoy browsing this extensive part of my blog. 🙂

Please let me know in the comments section below if there is something that you couldn’t find 🙂




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