The Best Art Supplies

my essentials after much trial & error
  1. Leuchtturm1917 blank notebook
    I was in the Moleskine Club for a long, long time. Truth is, I do a lot of erasing sometimes and those (yucky) yellow-y Moleskine pages just can't take erasers. And then I discovered Leuchtturm1917 notebooks and I will never, ever go back. THE best. I can't say enough good things about these notebooks.
  2. Ticonderoga pencils
    I draw HARD, and def prefer "real" pencils to mechanical ones for that reason alone. And the smell, you guys. I love the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil.
  3. Bostitch Twist N Sharp pencil sharpener
    I'm crazy for this sharpener. It uses a sort of ratcheting mechanism to sharpen your pencil. And it works beautifully every time. You can even choose a blunt or super-sharp lead. Works well with my colored pencils, too. And it's like $4!
  4. Pentel Hi-Polymer erasers
    No contest eraser-wise for me. Yes, they shed all those tiny, annoying eraser bits everywhere - but they work SO WELL.
  5. Lamy Safari fountain pen
    My favorite pen, ever. I like the medium nib - but I like a bolder line in my writing and drawing - but they come in 7(?) nib sizes, so there's truly something for everyone. I was skeptical about fountain pens until I tried one of these.
  6. Platinum Carbon Black ink
    Dries relatively fast, stays put with watercolor over it, and VERY black. I've never seen a more well-behaved ink. Try Goulet Pens website for your ink needs - they sell samples of almost every ink so you can try before investing in a whole bottle.
  7. Pentel Aquash water brush
    Don't even try the other brands. These are the ones you want for all your water brush needs.
  8. Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer watercolor pencils
    Rich, easy-to-blend colors. These make watercolor pencils so fun and stress-free.
  9. Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
    Smooth, buttery colored pencils. I used prismacolors for a long time and had to use a dab of Vaseline to soften them up and make them blend well. Not the case with these. And the quality of color is just gorgeous!
  10. Tombow Dual Brush markers
    A brush marker on one end, a fine tip on the other. Amazing range of colors (except for purples in my opinion). These are great for lettering or drawing or coloring books or ANY project, really. Can be used like watercolors, too. The most versatile markers I've come across.