I recently shared with you my updated nature journaling supplies.
Already I have fussed around and changed them! It was more the method of organisation than the supplies themselves, but seeing as I love to look at how others organise their supplies, I thought it would be fun to share mine.
First off here is my new daypack; the other was very old and tatty. This is a child’s pack, so not too big, which is great as it is always tempting to pack more stuff.
Water for painting with
A tiny atomiser filled with clean water for spraying over my paints to get them nice & juicy before I begin to paint.
A genius, foldable pouch for pouring your water into (I stand the bottle in the pouch, to avoid the water blowing away on windy days!)
First Aid kit
Bite / sting lotion
Bug repellant (I made this myself, it is just a blend of essential oils in a coconut oil base)
Small sandwich box (to collect small nature treasures)
A large pencil case stores the following:
Tissues for blotting
Paperclips to hold open my journal
Tin of supplies:
Prismacolor pencils in white & black grape (useful for sketching and asking highlights / shadows)
Platinum carbon ink pen My favourite pen! Oh, how I love this one! Reliable, waterproof, deep black ink. Never lets me down.
Derwent watercolour pencil in blue grey I have added a nice new one to my kit. Smashing for sketching, then painting over with watercolour. Gives a lovely effect
White gel pen Perfect for adding small highlights to finished watercolours.
Cross mechanical pencil (not quite the same as mine, but similar) Fantastic, as it never needs sharpening!
Versatil round pointed brush Great for tree branches & fine details. A smashing, well-priced, synthetic brush.
Da Vinci 1503 size 8 watercolour brush A beautiful brush, with an exquisite point. Pretty much the only brush I use in my journal.
An old brush. Used for splatters & scrubbing out colour. It is also sharpened at the other end, so I can use it to scrape out colour when dried, or scrape in twigs etc.
Ruler. Useful for measuring specimens out in the field.
Birthday candle. Perfect for keeping white highlights in your watercolour, due to its resist properties.
Penknife For cutting wee plant specimens.
Kneadable Eraser. These are smashing! You can shape them to the smallest point to erase tiny details, or add highlights to a pencil sketch. Knead after use to avoid build up of colour from the pencil.
Cut up credit / key card. Again, useful for scraping in twigs and so forth.
Tiny chunk of sea sponge Useful for creating texture in foliage, rocks etc.
Water colour palette. Mine is a Schmincke, to which I have added Winsor Newton & Daniel Smith paints. My current colours:
NB. I have removed the Napthamide Maroon & replaced it with my much needed Raw Sienna.
Field Guide This is a smashing guide that we have used on and off for years.
A journal – this one is My newest journal, a Stillman & Birn Alpha Sketchbook which I am using to practice new techniques and such. A smashing journal, the paper is wonderful; it takes a wet wash beautifully & has a nice tooth, but still works well when writing in ink.
I also use:
My regular nature journal. I am currently using the Leuchtturm 1917 sketchbook in medium (A5). The paper is a decent weight, and very smooth, however the paper is really too thin for watercolour, so I have found that once I have completed my painting & it is dry, I miss a page, & glue them together, so I get a double weight of paper.But I like the journal a lot, and am enjoying using it.
UPDATE: I actually really love this journal, and having finished this one, I have moved on to another, but this time I am not glueing the pages together. It isn’t perfect; if I use a particularly juicy wash, it bleeds through the page, but I love the crisp white of the paper & it holds up to most of my pen & ink and watercolour washes.
My Calendar of Firsts. A Moleskine diary, the paper is, as always with the Moleskines (except the specialist water colour book) not great for watercolour, but I am used to how the paper takes the wetness of the media & this book is doing exactly what I need it to do; record what is happening in nature in simple sketches. The fact that it is such a ‘casual’ book makes it easier for me to sketch in hasty sketches; I don’t feel bad about messing up!
I hope that is of some interest! Please do share your own supplies & packing tips in the comments!