What materials do you use?

It is the most frequently asked question on my social media channels: “what material do you use?”. You will soon find answers to all your questions on a special materials page. But here you already have a list of the 9 drawing materials that I always have in my bag. Handy, right?

1. A nice sketchbook

In this case (in the picture) a watercolor sketchbook by Hahnemuhle, with toned watercolor paper. In other words: tinted watercolor paper. That gives your watercolor an extra special background! But most of my drawings I make on normal, uncolored watercolor paper. These sketchbooks have 200 grams of watercolor paper.

2. & 3. Pencil & Eraser

The basis of every drawing case. The best pencil to sketch with is very personal. I prefer to use an HB pencil. A soft B pencil will leave a lot of graphite on the paper. The paper then becomes dirty. A hard H pencil will make sharp scratches in the paper, where watercolors will catch. Mechanical pencil or regular pencil? Whatever you prefer! But just saying, you don’t have to sharpen a mechanical pencil…

4. Pigmentliners

The difference between pigment liners and ‘regular’ fineliners: pigment liners are waterproof and lightfast. The ink does not run if you go over it with watercolor. Nice and confusing: the terms “fineliner” and “pigment liner” are often used interchangeably. The best pigment liner size for me is a 0.3, although I prefer to vary the sizes depending on the size of my artwork. With a set of 6 you are good to go!

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5. Watervaste brushpen

Ik teken met een Tombow Fudenosuke brushpen (ja, dat kostte mij ook wat moeite om uit te kunnen spreken). Superfijn: een brushpen met dun puntje om fijne handlettering mee te maken, maar waar je ook mee kunt tekenen. Er zijn verschillende versies, die allemaal fijn werken. Degene op de foto is extra fijn: deze specifieke twin tip heeft aan de achterkant een grijs puntje – handig voor schaduw.

6. Watercolor paint

I started my watercolor adventure with a travel set of only 12 pans – here left in the photo. It went really well, and is nice and compact too. In this watercolor set, the cups are loose, so you can easily change them for your favorite colors.

Do you want to kill two birds with one stone? The left set from Winsor & Newton has 12 pans and a brush pen. It is therefore slightly larger. It also has a different color selection (including purple!)

7. Water brush

No hassle with brushes and jars of water when traveling! With a waterbrush you have everything at hand. A waterbrush and watercolor go on a journey together like Ben and Jerry. Maybe a little less sticky. The medium Pentel waterbrush is really my favorite: the water flows out easily, without dripping too much.

8. White paint marker or gel pen

Always nice for the finishing touch: a beautiful white highlight on your watercolor! You can lighten your watercolor a bit, but also provide beautiful white background washes. Or correct a mistake in your watercolor drawing! A white gel pen or white paint marker? Depends on your preference. A thin white gel pen helps with small details, a white paint marker often covers a little faster. I used the PC-3M and PC-5M here (this does not stand for millimeters, but for the type)

9. Kitchen paper

Last but not least…. of course you do not want to secretly have to wipe your waterbrush on the tablecloth! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy: a piece of toilet paper or kitchen paper is sufficient. Or you work like a real pro, and wear an old-fashioned 80’s sweatband around your wrist! Really works!