For our prompt of “Art Supplies” I did a quick little sketch of almost everything I’m currently using these days. What I adore about watercolor sketching is that it doesn’t take very many art supplies to DO it! I also use a mechanical pencil to do my initial scribble and then there’s, of course, my sketchbook. Thankfully, I could simply use those two things to get a quick pencil sketch of my core supplies before I actually had to use them to make this one. I don’t know what it is exactly, but sketching my own art supplies is just really fun! I guess it might have to do with our intimate relationship. We spend a very important bit of quality time together each and every day, so it just feels right to honor them with a sketch. And the very idea of an ink pen and a little set of watercolors is what inspired me to coin the term “doodlewash” in the first place. It’s a happy word that reminds us to relax, create, and enjoy the experience!

If you’re interested to know what I’m using for my current 12 color palette, then check out the About The Doodlewash section below. I’ve swapped in some new colors, but I still create using the same personal principle of 3 reds, 3 yellows, 3 blues, and 3 secondary colors. With these, I can color anything in the world! And in these extremely troubled times, I have to admit that art supplies make me super happy. Not matter what, I know that I can create a little something new that didn’t exist before I made it. And, in a world where the headlines all seem grimly similar, creating something totally new is the coolest thing ever! It’s a gift that we all possess and I hope that as you find yourself in quarantine, you’re embracing that gift and creating like crazy! I’ve been so thrilled to see what people are making for the challenges lately. Many folks are creating more than one answer to a prompt. It’s this burst of extra creativity and creation that gives me so much hope and makes so happy!

For my own part, I’m actually busier than ever with my day job which is as a Creative Director for food packaging, so I’ve had even less time to sketch. But, I still always make that little bit of time each day to make a little something new in my sketchbook. It’s a diary of my life without words. The words are what I include here in this post each day. Yep, my entire diary is public, which might seem weird, but it’s really the only way I can journal every single day. If I only talked to myself, nobody would know that I skipped a day. So that’s why I keep on rambling on in public. I’m not always certain that I have anything truly relevant to say, but I show up anyway and say a little of what’s on my mind. Today, I just find myself enamored once again with those little tools that help me create. Whenever I feel myself looking for a bit more joy in the world, I know I need look no further than to the joy of art supplies!

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About the Doodlewash

Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Vermilion, Terra Cotta, Hansa Yellow Medium, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre, Ultramarine (Green Shade), Cobalt Turquoise, Indigo, Benzimida Orange, Opus (Vivid Pink), and Leaf Green. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen (Broad Nib) with black ink  in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Watercolor Art Supplies Line Wash Illustration Sketchbook Detail


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41 thoughts on “The Joy Of Art Supplies

  1. I read a report on the birding Facebook group I belong to that a hummingbird was spotted in Milwaukee today!! Yay! Then my friend told me we are forecast to get a couple of inches of snow tomorrow! That kind of threw a wrench in the works. If I put out hummingbird food tomorrow, I’ll have to wrap it in a heating pad. Lol! Spring in Wisconsin.

  2. I love this doodle Charlie. I have to say I do like to buy new art supplies. My wife isn’t so keen though, lol. It’s a running joke. It’s the same with bikes. I have 3 bikes in the shed, my commute bike, touring bike and my mountain bike. She just doesn’t understand. 😊

  3. You have mentioned before, I believe, that you have an addiction to art supplies and many of us share that affliction! Because I live 60 miles and more from any art supply stores, I rely on the online stores, even more so in these days of social distancing. Your composition points to the simplicity that we should all strive for if we don’t have a lot of room for a studio. And I admire your Lamy pen, a super pen for beginners and experts alike for drawing and writing both; got a bunch of them and have to rotate them to avoid ink drying up!

    1. Thanks, Bob! 😃💕 Yeah, a simple core set is always best. Though, having more always feels fantastic! hehe And yeah, I love my Lamy pens. They’re great. And even if I don’t use them often, I can get them going again without an issue. Love ’em!

  4. You say ‘broad nib’ but that link shows only fine nib. Do you know how to obtain the broad anywhere else or some other way? Thanks

  5. Your sketch is perfect for someone, myself loves to obtain ART supplies which I catalog now for I usually end up with doubles. I’ve admired the Lamy pen from a distance, meaning on-line looking. show’s such a variety & price range I’m not sure which one to purchase. (colour-style-nib-price-plastic-metal) I’ve seen your pen and wonder if it uses a converter or just refill cartridges. Plus on a wonderful ending note, I’m picking up your New Book today, of course I wouldn’t actually be going into the bookstore, just have to be their at a certain time. It will be left out in the lobby at the stores door , Lobby Pick Up

      1. Appreciate the information on both my inquiries. Just read through your book last night and i’m certainly going to enjoy it. It will be a nice change from drawing my own art which I’ve been not motivate in doing.
        You guys have a beautiful weekend.

    1. I actually used Extra Fine to begin with as it gives more control. I always like added fine details to drawings. Lately… I swapped the nib on a couple of pens and have been used Broad Nib… this takes some practice to use, but I’ve been able to get a lot of variance in line thickness which I like. This is the nib I purchased to swap it –

  6. Beautiful, minimalist collection! Afraid that I collect art supplies the way some people collect art…or shoes…or power tools and have been packing some supplies up to send to a worthy cause. How many paint palettes does one really need? OK, silly question😊.

  7. I love your sketches of art supplies and I own one of yours! Remember? 🙂 The one with the heart and supplies. It hangs proudly in my craft room.

  8. Beautiful as always Charlie can I ask you and everyone to recommend a really good mechanical pencil? I bought two different ones from Michael’s and they literally fell apart in my hands after a few uses help this supply junkie get a good fix!!!

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