- Home made pochade – following James Gurney’s instructions – to hold a sketchbook or watercolour pad. Mine is a little bigger than his to fit an A4 pad or A5 sketchbook (It’s A4 when open…)
- Manfrotto BeFree light weight camera tripod (shared with my oil kit)
Home made sketchbook holder
- Water container – held in place with Blu-tak
- Pan watercolour – this set is Schmincke. It’s a big luxury box bought on special. I find that I don’t use all those colours. A smaller set weighs less too.
The bag I use is just a kid’s school bag – the built in pen pockets are great for holding brushes
Sundry items worth remembering:
- Paper towels and a rubbish bag – I save plastic grocery bags
- Bug spray and a hat
- A bottle of water to fill or refill painting water
- Watercolour pencils and watersoluble graphite – my preferred brand is Faber Castell because they are easy to get in Western Australia. It’s not a full set just an assortment chosen from loose stock & added to over time.
- A few graphite pencils and an eraser. I like the KUM long point for graphite pencils but also carry an ordinary one for the colour pencils.
- Fountain pen – I love drawing with a fountain pen (especially one with a nice flexible nib) but I don’t like taking one out in the field because I am very likely to lose it. Instead I use a Platinum Preppy converted to an eyedropper. I have made a few in different colours – Noodlers Lexington Grey or Bulletproof Black. Right now I am trying the new Super5 Frankfurt grey. (I choose inks which are waterpoof but still safe for a fountain pen so it’s possible to draw in ink and then put watercolour over the top.)