Supply Recommendations

I don’t often get asked about the supplies I use, but I really appreciate when artists are willing to share their favorite supplies and manufacturers. Because of this I thought I would put together a list of my favorite supplies and suppliers.

Get ready, because I have a weakness for art supplies and pretty lead holders/pens.

Each heading is hyperlinked to the company that either makes or supplies the product. Clicking on them will open a new window and take you to their site. Please note that I don’t get paid for promoting these products or companies. I’m just trying to make it easier for artists to get products that will help them succeed in creating their work. I’m a creature of habit and tend to shop the same websites. I highly recommend these companies based on my ability find supplies, shipping times, and customer service. Some links below are by other companies, I’ve listed these because I’m doing my best to support smaller companies instead of Amazon.
BLICK ART MATERIALS
JET PENS
McCLAINS PRINTMAKING SUPPLIES
WOODCRAFT
McLOGANS SCREENPRINTING SUPPLIES

My Everyday(ish) Carry

  • Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks
    • These sketchbooks are awesome. They all feature heavyweight/extra heavyweight paper and you’re able to work on both sides of the page without bleed-through. I’ve seen artists use watercolor, ink, and alcohol markers without bleed-through to the other side. You can get their sketchbooks in a variety of sizes, binding options, paper color, and paper texture (hot press vs cold press). They also will lay-flat when you’re working on them. I personally use their Nova series, and have their black and grey paper sketchbooks in a variety of sizes.
  • Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbooks/Notebooks
    • This is my go-to white paper sketchbook. I wanted something with a heavier weight paper that could take my inking. My current favorite is their pocket sketchbook. It has 96 pages of bright white, acid free, 180gsm paper, page markers, a pocket in the back for extras, and a band to keep it closed. I keep it in my bag with me, and it’s proved to be fairly durable. In my opinion it’s basically a higher-end Moleskine. Their notebooks are nice too and feature page numbers and a customizable table of contents.

INKING

Linked below are the supplies I use for inking (without a brush or brush pen). Tachikawa brand is obviously my favorite but I haven’t used much outside of it and Speedball brand supplies. I highly recommend checking out JetPens for your traditional inking supplies because they have a wide variety of nibs and nib holders to explore.

PRINTMAKING