Tag Archives: materials

inktense on claybord

sng sparrow inktense claybrd_20140630_0001

I’ve been experimenting lately with Derwent Inktense pencils on Ampersand Claybord. This is a small illustration of a song sparrow on a 6″ x 9″ panel. (Image is 4.25″ x 6″). The Inktense  are a water soluble ink pencil, and unlike watercolor pencils, once dried a washed layer does not lift when rewetted with subsequint layers of color.

plein air watercolor toolbox



This is the small plastic box I use to hold the tools and materials for plain air watercolor painting. It’s 4.75″x6.75″x1.25″ and fits conveniently in a small messanger bag that holds the watercolor paper blocks and paint pallet.


The box holds: (top row, left to right) drafting pen for applying resist;  graphite pencils for initial drawing; assorted brushes, rounds in # 1, 3, and 5, and flats in 1/4″ and 1/2″; watercolor pencils for adding detail and texture; (bottom row, left to right) clamps for holding pallet to support; pencil sharpener; erasures; and white gouache.


watercolor palette

wc pallette

This is one of the palettes I use for plain air painting. The colors shown are all Daniel Smith Extra Fine. The round plastic water cup in the upper left of the image is attached to the metal palette with velcro. I don’t usually clean the mixing wells after finishing a painting in the field since the leftover colors make wonderful grays for the next go around. This image is of the palette after finishing the previously posted “Bristlecone Border”