Kate’s Picks: My Go-To Supplies for Creating Art


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.

Drawing with Japanese Brush Pens

Shop Wit & Delight Prints: Broken Bust (left) | Grow Where You Are Planted (right)

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.


Bimoji Brush Pen, Set of 5

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.


Pental Fude Brush Pen, Medium

This is my favorite Japanese brush pen. Hands down. If you’re looking to try out just one Japanese brush pen, this is the one to get.

Digital Drawing

Shop Wit & Delight Prints: Portrait (left) | Head and Hand (right)

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.


iPencil, 2nd Generation

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.

Cutting & Pasting

Shop Wit & Delight Prints: Minimal Tulip (left) | Tower on Green (right)

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).


Fadeless Art Paper, 12″x18″

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.


Anything Scissors

Again, use whatever scissors you have handy! But if you’re looking for a new pair of scissors to work with, I’d recommend this one, designed by Michael Sodeau.

Sketching, Writing, Painting, etc.

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.


56621 Dual Brush Pen, N15 – Black

This pen by Tombow is my favorite for sketching.


Palomino Blackwing Pearl Pencils – 12 Pack

I use these pencils when drawing in my Big Idea Sketchbook (next up on the list).


Big Idea Sketchbook

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.


Biggie Newsprint Pad – 18×24″

I like to draw on huge sheets of paper when sketching at home, and this 100 sheet pad by Canson is the perfect size.


Pentalic Sketch Book, Hardbound

I reach for a simple, unbranded sketchbook when I’m casually sketching for the fun of it.


Pigma 30067 Micron Blister Card Ink Pen Set, Black

This set of high-quality brush pens comes in 8 different colors and is an ideal standard set to have on hand.


Sennelier Oil Pastel Assorted Set of 72

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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  2. Mikko

    September 24th, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Quit buying Kate. Did you hear Greta’s plea on Monday? Stop and re-focus on Climate Change as opposed to mass consumerism and materialism. Don’t be the life-style blog for the destruction of the planet.

  3. Charmaine

    September 24th, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been looking for good art pens. I had seen you using one in a previous post and was wondering where you got them. It’s like you read my mind with this post! 🙂

  4. Dee Nowak

    September 25th, 2019 at 6:13 am

    So many gorgeous pens! I love having a stack or two of sketchbooks at various points around the house – they seem a bit less precious when there are many, and less intimidating to doodle or sketch in.

    Dee ~ Vanilla Papers

  5. Jill Elliott

    September 27th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Love to see this glimpse into what you work with Kate!

  6. Kelly

    October 2nd, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you! This is exactly what I was hoping you would post, so helpful to see which tools were used with which pieces. What an inspiration, can’t wait to start making.

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