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Curious about what art supplies and tools I use? Check out my list below! These are all items that I personally use and recommend. I hope you find this helpful!

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PAINT

Professional Winsor & Newton watercolor  and gouache tubes and pans

WATERCOLOR | Professional

Professional sets are more expensive than student-grade, but it has better pigmentation and help you achieve better results. The paint is smooth, beautiful, and vibrant - better than some cheaper brands. I personally use professional paints all the time and recommend my students to buy at least a few colors to experience the difference.

Winsor & Newton (tubes)

Winsor & Newton (pans)

Daniel Smith (tubes)

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Winsor & Newton (set of 12 half pans)

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Student-grade Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Set Large.

WATERCOLOR | Student Grade

 

If you're just start out, I would suggest using the cheaper student-grade paint for experimenting or practice and professional-grade for more serious work. There is a lot of difference in quality of student-grade watercolors. Winsor & Newton's Cotman series one of the best on the market. I use them myself for practicing.

Cotman set of 45 Colors

Cotman Set of 24 Colors 

Cotman Landscape Set (8 colors)

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Professional Winsor & Newton Urban sketching watercolor pocket set for Drawing on location and Viviva Colors. Both are good travel painting sets.

WATERCOLOR | Travel Sets:

 

As an urban sketcher, my go-to for drawing on location is a compact watercolor set with 12 half pans—a perfect travel companion. It's convenient and ensures vibrant results. For unexpected creative moments, I always have Viviva watercolor sheets in my purse. Whether waiting for a train or a meal, you never get bored and can practice every moment of the day. Viviva watercolors are very vivid and super fun for adding color to your quick sketches. 

Winsor & Newton Travel Kit

Viviva Watercolor sheets

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Viviva Watercolor sheets

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Winsor and Newton Designer's Gouache Different colors

GOUACHE

I'm a huge fan of gouache. Gouache has vibrant colors, is very forgiving (so, perfect for beginning sketchers) and is very suitable for drawing at home but also on location. Just put it on your palette and your can use it on the go. On my blog, you can find my several posts on gouache - my favorite colors and how to use and to store gouache. I prefer Winsor & Newton Gouache because it's great quality, beautiful colors and affordable price.

 

Winsor & Newton Designer's Gouache

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Winsor & Newton Designer's Gouache

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Coliro Pearl Colors Gold and Silver. Best metallic watercolor.

METALLIC WATERCOLOR

Guess what? I use special paint that makes my drawings super shiny and cool! It's called Coliro, and it's like magic in little round pans. There are six awesome colors! Just dip your brush, paint, and watch the magic happen.

Coliro Pearl Colors (Gold and Silver)

Watercolor and gouache palette with 18 wells, airtight.

PALETTE

Mijello Palette is my favorite. This palette was originally intended for watercolors, but I also use it for gouache. I actually have two: one for watercolors and one for gouache. That's why you see it in all of my Instagram photos. 

I love it because it has a large mixing area, has 18 wells for paints, and the lid has a rubber ring which makes it airtight. 
 

Mijello Airtight Watercolor Palette

BRUSHES

Escoda watercolor brushes travel set versatil

TRAVEL BRUSHES

For art on the go, I prefer travel brushes to the regular brushes. They are convenient, sturdy and tough to damage. My absolute favorites? Escoda brushes. They are beautiful and of a great quality, making them a reliable choice for artistic adventures.

Escoda Watercolor Travel 3 Brush Set

Faber-Castell waterbrush pen. Great for urban sketching

WATER BRUSH PEN

I'm not a huge fan of watercolor brushes but they are very convenient for adding some color to your on-the-go-sketches. The one I like and always have in my small purse to use in combination with my Viviva Watercolor Sheets is Faber-Castell water brush pen.

 

Faber-Castell Water Brush Pen

Great synthetic watercolor brushes for watercolor painting. Squirrel imitation, round

ROUND WATERCOLOR BRUSHES

I use 3-4 brushes for most of my watercolor artworks and tutorials. All the brushes I use are synthetic brushes. The largest and the mid-size for painting larger areas are usually a squirrel imitation because these brushes hold a lot of water and paint, the smallest size is a stiffer brush for painting details.

This thoughtful selection ensures versatility and precision.

Round Watercolor Brushes:

Princeton Brush, size 12 

Princeton Brush, size 6

 Escoda Perla, size 2

Round Travel Watercolor Brushes:

Escoda Ultimo (Travel 3 brush set)

 

Escoda Ultimo, size 12

  Escoda Ultimo, size 6

Escoda Perla, size 2

Flat Gouache and Acryl brushes. Round and flat. These stiff brushes are best for painting with gouache because they provide a lot of control and are easy to use.

FLAT GOUACHE BRUSHES

When it comes to gouache, my top choice is flat acrylic brushes for larger areas and a small round synthetic brushes for more detailed work. Why? Because they offer unparalleled control. Unlike natural bristles, synthetics are sturdier and less flexible, providing a predictable stroke—ideal for beginners.

W&N Flat Acrylic Brush (One Stroke)

W&N Flat Acrylic Brush (Size 10)

Escoda Perla (Size 10) 

Da Vinci Cosmotop-spin (size 2)

PAPER

100% cotton Watercolor paper Winsor and Newton, Arches, Baohong. Best for painting

WATERCOLOR PAPER

 

Watercolor paper is the most important ingredient for your watercolor sketches and paintings. I personally use cellulose paper for practicing and 100% cotton paper for all my serious work. If you're a beginner, you can start with cellulose paper, but once you tried cotton paper, you will immediately fall in love with and never want anything esle. In my blog post "Hot or Cold Watercolor Paper: Is there really much difference?" you can find all you need to know about it.

100% cotton watercolor paper:

Arches (Cold Press, 12 Sheets)

Arches (Cold Press, 20 Sheets)

Baohong (Cold Press, 20 Sheets)

Cellulose watercolor paper:

W&N Classic Watercolor Paper Pad

Winson and newton bristol sketching paper

SKETCHING PAPER

Sketching always comes in handy for practicing and sketching with dry materials like (colored) pencils, ink, markers and fineliners. I prefer thick and smooth paper because it's more versatile and gives me more freedom with mixing different types of materials.

Winsor & Newton, Bristol Paper Pad

Best Marker Paper options. Winsor & Newton Bleed-proof and Canson The Wall double-sided. Perfect for blending and sketching.

MARKER PAPER

There are a lot of different options for marker paper on the market but they are not all good. My favorite marker paper is Canson The Wall. I can guarantee that this is the best double-sided marker paper on the market. It's smooth, white and good for blending. I use it for pretty much all my marker sketches. For practicing, I use Winsor & Newton's Bleedproof Paper which is not double-sided but good for blending and making illustrations.

Canson The Wall Marker Paper

Winsor & Newton Bleedproof Paper

Best sketchbooks for painting. Etchr and Winsor & Newton watercolor paper blocks. Best options for beginners and professionals.

SKETCHBOOKS

Everyone loves sketchbooks and there are plenty of them on the market. However, over the years I discovered that I don't finish a sketchbook if I don't like the paper. So, I have a lot of unfunished sketchbooks in my drawer but I also have a few favorites. The all filled with100% cotton paper.

Hahnemühle Watercolor Book

Etchr Watercolor Sketchbook (A5)

Etchr Signature Series 2021 (B5)

(Dutch Webshop)

PENS

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FINELINERS

I use Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment fineliners in different sizes. It has a great dark color and a good ink supply. The pack has a range of tip sizes, so you can mix up the line weights as you’re sketching. My second favorite is Winsor & Newton Fineliners, especially grey tone.

Faber-Castell Fineliners (Set of 4)

W&N Fineliner (Set of 5, Black)

W&N Fineliners (Set of 3, Grey)

Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pen 5 pieces set urban sketching and lettering

BRUSH PENS:

 

I use brush pens for lettering but also to add thicker lines, contrast and shadows to my sketches. There are available in different sizes and have different grade of flexibility, suitable for a variety of line work. ​Both, Kuretake Bimoji and Tombow Fudenosuke are of an excellent Japanese quality.

Kuretake Bimoji Fude Pen - Extra Fine  Kuretake Bimoji Brush Pens (Set)

Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pens (Set)

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FOUNTAIN PENS:

 

Fountain pens are an amazing tool for adding elegance and variety to your lines. The Ellington Pens that I have in my sketching arsenal are absolutely great, they are beautiful, provide good continuous lines, and are very affordable. They come with non-waterproof ink, but there is a converter inside that allows you to put in any ink you want (waterproof, colored, etc.) which can make your drawing experience really special. They have different nibs. The fine nib is the best option for a beginning artist.

Ellington Fountain Pens (different colors)

Replacement Nibs

Carbon Ink Bottle (waterproof)

MARKERS

Copic markers large set of 72 colors. Best markers for blending, coloring and sketching

COPIC MARKERS

The Mercedes of the alcohol-based markers. Beautiful colors, amazing range of 358 colors that makes it easy to color and blend. Refillable that makes them cheaper in the log run. Copic Sketch Markers (brush + chisel nib) are markers I use most in my sketches and have refills for all my favorite colors.

Copic Sketch Markers (Separate)

Copic Sketch Marker (Set of 36)

Winsor & Newton Promarkers Sets and separate colores

WINSOR & NEWTON PROMARKERS

These markers have also a good range of beautiful colors. This is my second choice especially because it's a bit more difficult to find nice combinations for blending. This is why I made a Color Combinations Chart for Promarkers. With this chart it will be easier for you to choose colors for you set and create beautiful blending.

Promarker (Different Colors)

Promarker Architectural Set (24)

Promarker Brush (Set of 48)

 

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Promarkers (different options)

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Ohuhu markers large set fineliners for blending and sketching. BeCreative 5% kortingscode

OHUHU MARKERS

These markers are great for beginners. If you don't know if markers are something for you, it's a good way to start. You will have a lot of fun playing with colors and trying out different combinations.

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Ohuhu Markers (different options)

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Posca white markers set. Best acrylic markers

WHITE ACRYLIC MARKERS

They can help you to add accents and highlight to your sketches as well repairing your mistakes. However it's not always easy to find the good white markers. Posca Uni and Edding acrylic markers are my favorites. They both have a very good ink flow and have long lifetime. 

Posca Uni White Acrylic Marker

Edding White Acrylic Marker

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Posca Uni White Acrylic Marker

Edding White Acrylic Marker

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COLORED PENCILS

Caran 'd Ache Neocolor II Water soluble pastels. Greate for coloring and texturing.

NEOCOLOR II PASTELS

These water-soluble pastels are both, very fun to use and great for adding textures and beautiful colors to your sketches. 

Neocolor II Pastels

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Neocolor II Pastels

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Caran 'd Ache Luminance 6901, 40 colors set. Best soft colored pencils

COLORED PENCILS (BEST QUALITY)

Caran d' Ache Luminance and Derwent Lightfast are my favorite colored pencils. They are soft and have an amazing color palette. These are absolute the best colored pencils for adding textures and beautiful colors to your sketches. 

Caran D'ache Luminance (Set of 20)

Caran D'ache Luminance (Set of 40)

 

Derwent Lightfast (Different Sets)

Faber-Castell colored pencils large set. Best markers for detailed sketching and sharp lines. Hard core.

COLORED PENCILS (GOOD QUALITY):

Faber-Castell is my other favorite when it comes to harder pencils. Harder pencils are less suitable for adding textures but are perfect for more detailed sketches and sharper lines. These pencils have beautiful colors and very nice hard core. 

Polychromos (Set of 36)

Polychromos (Set of 120)

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Polychromos (Different Options)

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GRAPHITE PENCILS

Graphite lead pencil and kneaded eraser. Winsor & Newton and Faber-Castell

PENCILS & KNEEDED ERASER

I recommend using a soft B2 graphite pencil. It's easier to work with and to erase it. Kneaded eraser is something that you may not miss in your drawing kit. Perfect for watercolor paper to prevent the paper from demage but also very convenient for all the other kind of paper when you only want to lighten up the pencil without erasing it completely. Need a regular eraser? Faber-Castell Dust-Free is my favorite.

Graphite Pencil B2

Faber-Castell Kneaded Eraser

Faber Castell Regular Eraser (Dust-Free)

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MECHANICAL PENCILS:

 

Mechanical pencils are excellent tools for sketching, offering precision and consistency in line thickness. They're especially useful for detailed work and technical drawings where a consistent line thickness is desired. I love using them for smaller sketches or to add fine detail to my drawings. And with refillable leads, they can be more cost-effective and environmentally friendly in the long run than traditional wooden pencils. My favorite is the beautifully designed Ellington Mechanical Pencil, which is quite heavy and very comfortable to use. 

Ellington Mechanical Pencils

OTHER STUFF

Faber Castell Watercolor Cup, green.

WATER CUP:

 

When I’m painting on the go, I like to use this collapsable water cup. It's compact for in my bag and makes clean-up very simple. Also, the curved edges make it easy to rest my brushes on the rim when I’m painting.

Faber-Castel Click and Go Water Cup

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