When I started making art again, 10 years had passed since I had taken an art class. I still remember feeling that rush of possibility when I’d walk into the art store; holding my breath a bit when I’d flip to the first page in a notebook. Wit & Delight’s small collection of prints was the result of over 100 days of messing around with different mediums, materials, and processes.
Below is what I now use weekly to keep up my practice. I’m also sharing a few of the pieces I’ve created over the years using specific tools. There is nothing fancy here (aside from a very high-tech iPad Pro and amazing software), but I hope it gives you some guidance in making selections to start your own creative practice.
One of my favorite tools for drawing is a Japanese brush pen—a fluid ink that comes in various point widths and thickness, mimicking brush strokes. This specific type of pen is amazing for creating simple drawings with precise lines. I used this type of pen to create the two pieces above—Broken Bust on the left, Grow Where You Are Planted on the right.
This set comes with pens with various point types, from extra fine to broad. It’s a great set to start with if you’re interested in trying out this medium.
With a few new tools, I can draw wherever inspiration strikes. I create all of my digital artwork using an iPad Pro, iPencil, and Procreate. The above two drawings—Portrait on the left, Head and Hand on the right—were created using these tools.
The iPencil is as easy to draw and sketch with as a lead pencil. It’s an essential tool when I’m creating in this medium.
Sometimes creating art is as no fuss as grabbing our favorite tools from childhood—construction paper and scissors. The two pieces above—Minimal Tulip on the left, Tower on Green on the right—were created with just those two tools (and a little bit of glue).
Use whatever construction paper you have on hand, but if you’re looking to buy some, this set comes in an assortment of 20 beautiful colors.
As you’ve likely picked up on by now, I like to create quite a bit. It’s a habit I fit into my life on a regular basis. Below are the rest of the tools I turn to most often, whether for sketching, writing, or creating custom pieces.
I use these pencils when drawing in my Big Idea Sketchbook (next up on the list).
We created this sketchbook for the shop a while ago now, and it’s still one of the sketchbooks I turn to most often. The book lies flat when open, which makes for an unencumbered surface on which to create.
This set of high-quality brush pens comes in 8 different colors and is an ideal standard set to have on hand.
The majority of my custom pieces are done in oil pastel, and my favorite brand for oil pastels is Sennelier. This particular set comes with 72 different colors.
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BY Kate Arends - September 24, 2019
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