I can’t really choose a single favorite art supply so I did a little doodlewash of my entire kit! Beyond a mechanical pencil, kneaded eraser, and the Pentalic Aqua Journal this is sketched in, here’s everything I ever use. This is good because it has to fit on my little corner of the kitchen counter, which serves as my temporary art studio for the brief hour each evening I can paint. Starting clockwise at the top left we have my tiny metal travel palette (from my Joe Miller’s Travel Painter Set), Escoda Versatil Travel Brush Set (sizes 2-10, though I typically always use a 6, shown in front), Lamy Safari Al Star Pens with black, sepia and blue Platinum Carbon ink (color coded so I remember what’s in them), and a small anodized aluminum palette (I don’t like the way colors pool in plastic). I’ve always loved little shiny things, so this kit suits me well and is all I really need! (All palette colors are listed at the bottom of the full post).
Though I added the Lamy Safari Pens last December and January, this is pretty much the kit I acquired within the first couple months of beginning to paint. I’ve played with some new colors from Sennelier, and will probably swap some of those colors for the ones I rarely use in my little tin once I get the energy to clean it out and start fresh. The primary reason I personally fell in love with watercolor was the ability to be this compact when it comes to art supplies. It’s a ridiculously portable studio that you can take with you wherever you like! I’ve always felt that less is more, so this suits me just fine. Also, if you don’t have a dedicated room to acquire art supplies, which I don’t, then this is also quite necessary. After 404 days of consecutive painting, all the doodlewashes I’ve featured here were made with just this little studio.
I’ve always dreamed of having my own dedicated studio with lovely windows looking out onto some brilliant scene. I like the idea of it more than the actual thing though. Each evening while Philippe is making dinner, we’re chatting and talking about the day, while I quickly make a little doodlewash of some kind. After dinner, I scan it and very quickly type some sort of stream of consciousness post like the one you’re reading now. It’s certainly a brief little ritual, but it’s a wonderful way to end the work day and segue into the evening. I don’t have much more time than that, but like my art supplies, I’m good with the little I have. The important thing to me has always been grabbing a little bit of time daily to practice. Just a few minutes each day for a doodlewash and often a little glass of wine. And despite anything that happened during the day, I’m always reminded in that little moment, that life is actually kind of perfect after all.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: (Shown in the little metal palette above, starting at the top left) Azo Yellow, Gamboge, Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Alazarin Crimson (rarely use it), Pyrrol Red, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Phthalocyanine Green, Azo Green, Burnt Sienna, Neutral Tint, Permanet Green Pale, Quinacridone Rust, and Perylene Maroon. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink for this sketch in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
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