What I am listing here are my own favorite tools for sketching and painting outdoors. This is to get you acquainted with what works for me. I have found there is no magic brush or paint and what you are most comfortable with is most likely the best tool to use. Please don’t buy anything you don’t expect to use after the workshop.
Plein-Air Supply List Palette:
Heritage Folding Palette with 18 wells. The lid seals and is great for travel. Paint:
My paints are Daniel Smith Watercolors unless noted differently. I may add or subtract colors.
Hansa Yellow Medium
Raw Sienna (Winsor Newton)
Permanent Yellow Deep
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo Blue GS
Manganese Blue Hue
Cobalt Teal Blue
Phthalo Green (BS)
Transparent Red Oxide or
Burnt Sienna Winsor Newton
Lunar Black Brushes Round:
assorted sizes 6 to14. Flat:
Da Vinci 5080 series, size: 20mm. And ¼ inch flat stiff brush for lifting. Watercolor Sketchbooks:
Good brands are Stillman & Birn (Beta, Delta & Zeta series), Arches and Canson. Look for sketchbooks with paper dense enough to handle watercolor washes without warping or bleeding through. I like to make sketchbooks with an assortment of watercolor and drawing papers. Pencils & Erasers:
2B or 4B pencil. Knead able or white eraser. Pens:
I like them all from cheap disposable to pricey fountain pens. I equally like water-soluble and water-proof ink. Below are a few suggestions.Waterproof:
Pitt by Faber-Castell, Micron, Copic…no Sharpies.Water-Soluble:
Tombow pens have two tips one end has a stiff “nib” for drawing and a brush tip. I use colors that are more neutral (#947 Burnt Sienna) and can be found at Blicks or Michael’s Art Supply. Easel:
Not needed or required for sketching. When I use an easel I use the En Plein Air Pro,
its lightweight and compact. Chair:
I use the Roll-a-Chair,
its light weight, has four legs, a backrest and very comfortable. Miscellaneous Items:
Clips, paper towels, water and container, small spray bottle, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and camera.
I carry my supplies in a canvas Rigger Bag.