An even more minimal kit for sketching every day

So many teachers have said it.  Improvement in any endeavor depends upon constant practice.  Taking workshops or watching video tutorials isn’t enough.  To improve, it’s important to sketch every day.  Even if there isn’t time for a complete composition in a large sketchbook, moments can be found to do a quick drawing.    These could be on the bus, in a coffee shop or even waiting in line.

Field Notes Workshop Companion limited edition notebook

To that end, I, too, have a small kit I carry every day. It does fit in my purse/bag but sometimes it’s still more than I want to carry.

I’ve recently purchased several of the Field Notes Workshop Companion limited edition notebooks because the paper is  good for sketching.  They are 6 for $20.   It even can stand up to a light watercolor wash.   They have a dot grid, which isn’t ideal but is acceptable for these quick, 5 minute sketches.  However, it is a limited edition and won’t be available for much longer.

Then I read about this Etsy shop.  YellowPaperHouse offers several sizes of small notebooks.    One option is the Field Notes sized books.  The paper choices include Canson Mixed Media and Watercolor papers.   These are decent papers, especially for a tiny book meant for fast sketches.   I made some sketches in both these books this weekend and I am very happy with them.   I suppose you could make these yourself but at $6 each, they are fairly affordable.

These tiny sketchbooks make it even easier to sketch every day.  One of these and a pen makes a good carry-every-day kit.  Add a bit of paper with a few watercolor  dots and a waterbrush and that’s the enough to add some color to the drawings.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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6 Responses to An even more minimal kit for sketching every day

  1. ….great stuff–great line

  2. joantav says:

    Good suggestions. I need to get myself some small, flat sketchbooks that I can fit into my purse instead of my moleskine which ends up adding too much weight.

  3. JOAN says:

    Oh, I love all these ideas and the Field Notes Work Shop books. I’ve read several good reviews about them. Will have to order some or from the Easy shop you mentioned.

    I just finished, (interrupted by health issues) Roz Stendahl’s online class of 28 days of drawing every day for the duration of the Drawing People and Live Animals in Public. Lots of great comment and attention by Roz during the entire class, It’s available for your keeping for a year from date class begins. She’s a terrific teacher. Best I’ve ever taken a workshop from . I hope to get back to the beginning after the health issue setback is in the past. Her Blog, Roz Wound Up, has all classes listed and when they’ll repeat.

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