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Sketching Materials

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Sketching Supplies
I have developed this list to maximize your success at sketching  quickly on location. These items are all you need to use my methods. So, please leave your other art supplies at home.

   List #1
  • Sketch book: white or ivory color, Mixed Media surface 5 x 8” to 8 x 10”: 100 to 180 lb. paper with slight “tooth” (texture). Suggested: Visual Journal  “mixed media” surface or Diseno all-purpose sketch 15.2 x 22.9 cm size
   Black Micron pen, size .08 (waterproof ink) or similar
  • Black Brush Pen: Sakura Pigma BB or Faber-Castell SB or similar
  • Aquarelle (water soluble) pencils:, about 8 colors: burnt sienna, olive green, indigo, red, purple, orange, teal, yellow ochre.  Caran d’Ache Supracolor or Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer are best brands. 

  • a pencil sharpener (Spanish: sacapuntas) with container for shavings
  • Waterbrush with a hollow barrel (medium or large tip) to fill with water, used to liquify the pigment in aquarelle pencil.
  • Optional: rainbow pencil (changes color as you turn it)

 List #2
   • Sketch book
: 5.5 x 8.5  Toned (tan or gray) sketch paper,

  •  Black Micron pen, size .08 (waterproof ink) or similar
  • Prismacolor-type Black pencil (NOT graphite!)
  • Prismacolor-type White pencil
  • 2 or 3 bright-colored pencils: red, yellow, light blue/green
  • Uni-ball Signo white gel pen. like a ball-point pen, used for opaque white lines. (hard to find in Mexico, so ask me for one).
  • a pencil sharpener with container for shavings


  •  VERY useful for your comfort and safety: sun hat or visor, drinking water, sunscreen, a light-weight collapsible stool. In San Miguel, stools are available for about 120 pesos at Calle Insurgentes #50.

I can provide you with a complete supplies kit in a clear vinyl hands-free pouch for:

            List #1:  $900 pesos ($45 USD)

            List #2:  $600 pesos ($30 USD)

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