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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Pack a Summer Sketchbook!

'Life in the Woods'           8x10          pastel           ©Karen Margulis
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I am packing light for my upcoming trip to Iceland. Well as light as I possibly can and still have all the art supplies I will need!  I am bringing my Heilman double sketchbox of pastels, easel attachment and tripod and my portfolio of papers. I am also bringing my sketchbook! Since getting interested in keeping a sketchbook I have amassed quite a few sketching supplies....all kinds of pens, pencils and such. More than I want to bring with me. I needed to downsize my sketching supplies.

Wherever you go this summer consider packing a summer sketchbook. Choose a few supplies that fit into a small pouch. If you have a compact set up there will be no excuses!

My small sketchbook zippered pouch

The supplies I will take with me to Iceland
 Here is what I decided to pack in my Summer Sketchbook pouch:

  • Handbook sketchbook 6x6 
  • small watercolor set
  • travel retractable watercolor brush
  • small plastic container for water...not critical but it fit!
  • General's Sketch and Wash pencil....good for doing value sketches/washes
  • Vision pen...doesn't bleed when wet
  • Wooden Cretacolor lead holder for my pencil....I love how it feels
  • Tombow black brush pen....fun for gesture sketches
  • Caran d'Ache water brush to make washes with the water soluble graphite.
  • water soluble graphite pencils

Keeping a summer sketchbook will give you material for future paintings. Taking time to sit and observe and make a sketch will give you more information than merely taking a quick photo.
I have heard many artists share that they can remember more details of a place and time by looking back at a sketch than looking at a photo of the place.  Imagine how much this information will help you interpret your photos!

quick sketch inspired today's painting 

underpainting is Derwent Intense stick and alcohol wash


Sue Marrazzo said...


Evelyn said...

Thanks, Karen! Don't forget your pencil sharpener . . . . Best, Evelyn

Karen said...

Thanks!! I forgot the pencil sharpener! It was in my other kit!