Materials list for SKETCHING IN PEN & COLOR

With Melissa Miller Nece


You will only need 3 things: a pen, some paper and a coloring medium


• Artists markers or illustration pens

Bring at least one, medium or fine point pen in black or brown (sepia).

You may also want a couple of additional point sizes or colors. Some pens are double-ended, some have brush tips.


Possible brands include – this is just a partial list:

Sakura Pigma Micron, Prismacolor Premier Illustration Markers, Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens, Staedtler Pigment Liner Pens, Stabilo Point 88 pens, Cretacolor Studioline Artstik, Copic Multiliner, Pentel Hybrid Technica

Koh-i-Noor Rapidograph technical pens are fine too, if you have them! 


• Color products – choose at least one, whatever you have or want to bring:

Colored pencils (small set, 6 -12 colors, any brand)

Watercolor pencils (small set, 6 -12 colors, any brand) with brush and small water container

Pastels (small set)

Watercolor crayons (small set, 6 - 12 colors, with brush and small water container)

Watercolor pocket set (6 - 12 colors in small pans) with brush and small water container

Colored marker sets – brush tips or fine line types


• Paper:

Sketchbook or pad – choose one that’s good quality, preferably able to accept light application of wet media

Small to medium size (5x7, 8x10, 9x12” or landscape format)


Various specialty journals/sketchbooks are available with different papers, such as Canson Art Books, Arches “Carnet de Voyage,” Stonehenge Wired Journals, Strathmore Visual Journals


Possible paper choices include – again, just a partial list!:

Any brand of Bristol pad, vellum or smooth

Any good watercolor papers (Arches, Canson Montval, Strathmore, Fabriano, Lana, etc.) – blocks or pads (postcard sized blocks are fun)

Canson 1557 Drawing (Pure White, Classic Cream or C à Grain)

Canson Mix Media or Illustration or Mi-Teintes

Strathmore Mixed Media

Bee Paper/Aquabee Pen Sketcher’s, Co-Mo, Nature, Landscape or Hemp Sketch

Crescent Rendr or Graffiti Paper (bleed-proof papers for colored art markers)


Read the paper’s packaging to see if it’s suitable for the media you intend to use.

Note that all Canson pads list the uses of various papers inside the top cover.