_ This review of art materials is for something I always have around. It’s a small notebook with pen(s). I’ve used this set up to draw airplane interiors, the interiors of museums, landscapes, and abstract studies. This kit is easy to carry, fits easily in a pocket, and the archival qualities provide an excellent record of your work and thoughts. The pens don’t smudge even if they get wet or you watercolor over them so your experiences are recorded for a long time. They are available in fine point to chisel tip, brush, different colors, and sets. These links are product descriptions from an art supply store called Daniel Smith. Other art shops and bookstores have these items as well. If you choose to mail order from Daniel Smith you can receive a 20% discount through the link on the Sketchy Tours website.
Moleskine Sketch Pocket Notebook, 3-1/2" x 5-1/2", 80 Pages
The legendary notebook of Hemingway and Matisse.
The Moleskine Notebook, pronounced mol-a-skeen'-a, is simple, handsome and durable - a true classic. As a travel or daily journal, it is unsurpassed, equally good for writing or sketching.
Made in Italy, it has a black, water-resistant leather-like cover secured by an elastic band. Smooth, acid-free pages (ruled, cream-colored paper for writing or top quality white paper for sketching) have rounded corners and are thread-bound so the book can lie flat. Each Moleskine book has a ribbon placeholder and an expandable accordion pocket in the back for holding tickets, notes and clippings.
Sakura Pigma Micron Pens
Acid-free and archival, Pigma Micron Ink Pens are ideal for papercrafts, journals, illustration, crafts, or any application requiring precision and permanence.
Unlike dye-based ink found in most pens and markers, Pigma ink will not feather or bleed, even through the thinnest paper. Pigma ink is derived from a single pigment to ensure color consistency, and is fadeproof against sunlight or UV light. Pigma inks will not clog or dry out like most mechanical pens.
Sakura Pigma Ink Pens, 4pc Set, Sepia
The Pigma Sepia set was created by Sakura in response to consistent customer requests for sepia colored ink in a variety of line types. Sepia is a color preference of artists because it gives a warm tone to sketched images.
Nuetral pH pigmentd, lightfast, waterproof ink pens, that will not bleed on most artists' papers and work especially well for drawings which will receive watercolor washes.
Sakura Pigma Brush Pens, 6pc Set, Color
Expressive pens with permanent color. This set includes six colors - black, red, blue, green, purple and brown - all containing waterproof, acid-free, archival ink.
Flexible synthetic fiber brush tips provide great line variety, from delicate hairlines to bold, calligraphic strokes.
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