My Sketching Essentials…

There are so many supplies available for the artist to work (or play) on the go.  The equipment can get really elaborate as well as expensive.  So, I have put together a few things I have carried with me from time to time with no problems.  By problems I mean,  I have never sat down to sketch and said, “Man! I wish I would have brought_____!”



I am first and foremost a graphite girl! I like to draw on a smooth papers. And the above are  my papers of choice.

400 Series Strathmore Drawing Pad – 8 x 10, 80 lb., pad is coiled so it folds flat (which is awesome).  Paper has a slight tooth, but I still consider this a smooth(ish) paper.

400 Series Strathmore Sketch Pad – 5.5 x 8.5, 60 lb., pad is also coiled, slight tooth and not as thick as the 80 lb.

-Canson Drawing – 5.5 x 8.5, 70 lb., pad is coiled and has very little tooth.  It is the mid range weight between the two pads above.

-Canson Drawing – 5.5 x 8.5,  65 lb., pad is coiled, slight tooth and also a good mid range weight

The two Canson pads are not available, but here is a link to see the Canson line.

Moleskine Journal – unlined, stapled and smooth tooth, compact and very versatile.



These are all the tools I need to keep me happy!

A stump – for blending

A kneaded eraser – erasing mistake of course 😉

2B lead – a very versatile degree of graphite. Depending on the amount of pressure and using a stump, this one soft graphite can give you anywhere from a 4H, 3H, 2H, H, HB,  as well as 2B!

Lead Pencil – Trimming your pencil may not be an option, so for me a lead pencil is a definite must.

When I want to sketch on the go and I don’t want to or can’t take a bigger pad.  I throw a Moleskine, stump, kneaded eraser, lead and a lead pencil in a Ziploc baggie and off I go!

Colored Pencil…Would be essentials


I rarely take colored pencil on the go.  I may if we are traveling by car, but not usually as a rule.  If I decided to and I had no plan in mind, this is what I would probably take with me. I bought this portfolio from Dick Blick many years ago, and I love it.  The portfolio holds a pad of paper, 12 Prismacolor Pencils, and a sharpener.

The additional pad:

300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper that will hold many layers of pencil.


-Colored Pencil Portfolio – I bought this on clearance for a whopping $20.00…ikr, yay me!  Sadly, I don’t think this is available anymore.

A 12 color pack of colored pencils

A kneaded eraser


Lead Pencilnot shown.

typing eraser – great hard eraser

Prismacolor blender pencil

-A Baggie – for pencil shavings

Watercolor….Would be essentials


I haven’t had the pleasure of working in watercolor (yet).  But I do have a few things that I would choose as my essentials if I were to paint on go.


300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper that will hold many layers of pencil.

Other watercolor pads


Loew-Cornell dry watercolor pan

-12 color pan no longer available
Winsor & Newton – 12 color travel set – linked to a similar set

or Watercolor Pencils not pictured

Travel water brush

-A Mister

-a folded paper towel not pictured

A stump

A kneaded eraser

2B lead

Lead Pencil



Sometimes, I want to  Zentangle  and this is perfect to throw in my purse!


300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper

Moleskine Journal – unlined, staples and smooth., compact and very versatile.


Micron Pens

2B lead

Lead Pencil

A stump

A kneaded eraser

I think oil and acrylic would fall under the en plein air category.  And since we all can’t know everything I have no idea what a charcoal or pastel artist would carry.  But I would definitely be interested in finding out.

Nothing is set in stone and you should carry what makes you feel comfortable. For me these things mentioned is what makes me comfortable to sketch in the past and what I shall continue to have with me in future.

What are your go to sketching essentials?

Be Well and Happy!


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Zendala Challenge #56

Micron on white created by Erin from The Bright Owl

The center pattern is called Cockles ‘N Mussels.  This is one of my all time favorite patterns.  And you would think because it is one of my favorites, I would be using it all the time.  I don’t though, and I wonder why?  Either I don’t want to get sick of it or there is so many patterns and so little time 🙂

Be Well and Happy!


zendare 55Zendare #55 by Erin from The Bright Owl

Micron on Bond

 I don’t know about you, but I am really hoping this rain will wash away all of this pollen.  It’s been intense around here.  I feel like have sand paper in my eyes and my throat and nose are killing me.  Ohhhh joy!  I’m feeling  crummy, I’m going to make this short and sweet.

Be Well and Happy!


Zendare Challenges #53 and #54 created by Erin from The Bright Owl.

Micron on white

Happy Monday!

     I’m sorry I didn’t post anything last week. Not much going on I’m afraid, at least nothing you would want hear about in great detail.  But here’s the rundown:

~I started my third attempt at a drawing that I can’t seem to get a grasp on (very frustrating)

~I started a trio of peppers that I am drawing in colored pencil (which I’m not too happy with)

~ The meat of my free time has actually been researching oils.  Yep! Oil.   I can’t make this long story short, but expect a post (or a few) on this topic.

~Then there is the cooking and the cleaning and schlepping  and blah, blah, blah…..

See what I mean?  How do you deal with days likes or weeks like that? When you know you need to post but you have less than stellar weeks.

Be Well and Happy!


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Zendala Challenge #51 from Erin at the Bright Owl

Black Micron, Graphite on 20 lb. bond

This week sure is getting away from me.   I really do not know why, it is not like I have been doing anything particularly interesting but it sure is slipping through my fingers.  I was a good girl and completed this week’s Zendala challenge.

I had a good time with this one even though this is my second attempt at this Zendala.  The first one was pretty bad.  But I like this version a lot better.

Lately, I’ve had the itch to paint.  And not just paint anything.  I have been wanting to paint a portrait.  Drawing people is hard enough, but I have never painted people so I am going to assume that it is a lot harder.  Now, the question is, who to paint?  Now there are plenty of pictures on Facebook of family and friends that I could rip off or a celebrity that I could paint, but I decided not to go that route.  I am afraid that I may think it looks awesome and they may think it looks awful and I certainly do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  So, I guess I am going to try a self-portrait.  I mean, I doubt I’ll hurt my own feelings.    Of course, all this thinking and rationalizing may be for nothing and I’ll end up throwing it away.  But I think I will give it a go and just see what happens.

Well, I guess that’s about it for me.  I hope you guys are enjoying this beautiful day!

Be Well and Happy!

My week?

UGH!  I do not like that one either, LOL

Sorry, that I have been missing this week.  I intended to post, but I haven’t been feeling all that hot this week and  it made me lazy and in a bad mood.  I guess we all have days like that.  I did at least try to accomplish a few things like:

dare 50  Zendala Dare #50

Micron on Card

By Erin from the Bright Owl

  This Zendala contains the most line work that I have ever completed.  I think it was a tribute to wanting to get somewhere and sit down, LOL  I do like that is covered with pattern.  However, the torpedo looking things in the center looks like bees butts and I should have added stingers.

 bookI am still reading this book.  I am about 174 pages in and it is getting better, but still very wordy.  I am beginning to wonder if plot is going to be so complicated that we need all of the science and genetic research information. There is a lot of it that is for sure.  But I’m not giving up yet.

Also, I started a drawing on one of my Once Upon A Time charactors.  It’s in the trash now.. after about 6 hours…yep, wore the paper out erasing cause that is how I roll. So, back to the drawing board with that one.

 I guess that’s about it for me.

Happy Easter everyone and don’t forget the reason for the season;)  Be Safe!


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Zendala Dare #49 by Erin from The Bright Owl

Micron on Card

     The picture came out a little small, so if you want to see it bigger just click on the picture. 

    I guess this post was better late than never, as it was supposed to go up yesterday.  Unfortunately, I had to hit the floor running.  Nothing exciting but I had to do some cleaning, pay bills. Just day-to-day stuff that I had been putting off.  I wish I had the ability to make dust disappear as I do our money.  OR even better make the money multiply like dust.  Now, that would be sweeeet! But until I find dollar bunnies under the couch,  I guess those bills have to be paid.

Anyhoo,  I really like Erin’s pattern.  It flowed really well and the patterns came to me really fast.  I only wish I had some bling to glue on.  If I had more time I would have used some color, but I really wanted to get this up today.

I guess that’s about it for me today.  David just texted that he was on his way home for lunch and after he leaves I’m going to head over to Bright Owl to see what everyone has done.

Be Well and Happy!



Zentangle Dare #46 by Erin of The Bright Owl

Colored Pencil and Micron on Card

I will start off by saying that I do not like this at all.  It is too busy and too confusing.  The paper choice did not help much, but live and learn I guess.  It is all about the journey right?   I do love the card stock and I think the scallops are very pretty.  If you are interested, I bought the cards at Michael’s Arts and Crafts.  It was in the dollar bins that are located in front of the checkout area.  I think there are at least 10 cards w/envelopes and it is available in cream.

I guess that is about it for me.  I am going to head on over to Erin’s blog and then  I am going to find another drawing project.  I do not know if it is going to be man, barn or beast.   But I’m committing to something today.

I hope you guys have a great Monday!

Be Well and Happy!


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Micron and Colored Pencil on Card

I hope this finds everyone in good spirits post Superbowl.  I guess there are some very happy people and also some very sad people.  For me?  The only thing that is really awesome about football is the credits rolling after the game.  I am not in to sports at all.  I have seen a game live (not professional…but semi?  I don’t know the correct term)  and did find it a little more exciting than watching it on TV.  I’m always surprised how emotionally  invested people are to “their team”  and some get very angry.  I’m just glad it is over.

This is Challenge 43 from Bright Owl.  I like the zentangling better on this design than the last one.  I lost the challenge because I used more tangles, than I probably should have.  But I chose these tangles because the reminded of Spring.  The patterns chosen were to resemble flower, flower buds,  leaves and vines.  Now, I’m a newbie and coloring the designs and it’s still a little tricky for me. But I still like it a lot.   So, far I’ve seen some AMAZING Zentangle work from the participants of these Zendala challenges.  So, you have not done so, when you get some time go to Bright Owl site and click on the names and the bottom of the post.  It will take you directly to artist’s blog.

I hope you enjoy your day!

Be Well and Happy!

Into the Wild Zentangle Series 3

No Wild Series patterns would be complete without this one.

I must confess this one is my favorite and a lot of fun to draw.  And below is my W.I.P.

I’m looking at my variation of the crock-e-dial pattern and it looks like an ear of corn, so may I’ll just make another pattern out of my mistake and call it korn-y 🙂  I really hope you are enjoying these patterns.  If you are incorporating my patterns into your own work I would dearly love to see it.

Be Well and Happy!