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Apr 21

Art Supply Showcase

So I’ve been carrying my art supplies in a zip top bag that’s so worn with holes that my pens slip through sometimes. Since my friend lent me her sewing machine, I finally got off my butt and made a pencil case. Here it is:



It was pretty easy too. I used the pattern found here:

Pencil Case Tutorial & Tips for Cutting Fabric with a Cricut

Easy pattern to follow and it stitched up easily. I had fabric on hand so all I had to do was buy the zipper. So much win!

I also thought I’d give you a look at my art supplies. I don’t use anything fancy, but I’m excited about the dip pen I use for my graphic novel adaption. So here’s what’s in my new pencil pouch (and some things housed on my desk).

 

 

These are my mechanical pencils–a very, cheap version that I got from Target a few years ago. But I’ve long since used up that lead. Right now the lead I’m using is from the Dollar Tree by my house.

Next are erasers. I’ve got a white plastic eraser and a kneaded eraser. I really like the white eraser for erasing pencil lines after inking.

Then my set of pens. The slim black one is a “Le Pen.” It’s waterproof but not alcohol proof, but I can work around it. The fatter black one is a cheap pen from the Dollar Tree that works surprisingly well for inking my casual work. The pink and brown pens, I use for writing.They are Pentel Ink Joy pens that come in a pack of 10 or so. They write like a dream and are inexpensive. I have two more packs for when these run out.

 

(Pay no attention to the chewed up pen cap).

 

Here’s my dip pen. I love this thing. It gives me such clean, crisp black lines that scan beautifully. It makes my love my lineart. This one is a Speedball Calligraphy Pen that came in the pen and ink set. Very cheap and I love it.

Here’s the ink I use.  The small one came in the same set I got my dip pen in. It SUCKS! It dries too quickly and makes drawing a PAIN. But the big one is the Speedball India Ink Superblack ink. I love it. Not alcohol safe, though.

Now the reason I’m going on and on about the alcohol safe feature of my pens is because of the alcohol markers I use. I use the Spectrum Noir markers. The one above is in my pencil kit because I ordered a replacement for one of my markers and when it came it was the right casing but wrong color. I want to make sure I don’t confuse them with the others. The company said they’d send me a replacement, though. So that’s nice,

Rulers. One clear, one metal. The clear one is good for seeing through it so I can be sure where the line is going. The other is longer.

White craft paint and a cheap brush. Used to cover up mistakes made with my dip pen, and to add whites to the eyes when I draw the GN.

 

So that’s it. Those are my supplies I’m using to draw the Silver Foxes Graphic Novel. Hope you had fun on my little tour.

 

-:heart: M.R. Anglin