Tools & Materials

Markings (Drawing & Painting)

1. Drawing


Selection of B and HB pencils (eg Faber, castell or similar brand) 



Pencil sharpener

Colored pencils


Graphite pencils or sticks (eg 4B)

Pens (Examples: colored pens, ink pens, felt tip & ball-point pens, drawing pens, gel pens)

Ink (Examples: tub of Parker quink ink, india ink)

Markers & erasable felt-tip marker (eg Crayola, sharpie or similar brand)

Bleach (I loved using this medium with ink on paper!)




Glue / Glue gun

Viewfinder (as mentioned in Grid Technique)

Erasers: Examples

Plastic – Straedtler brand, pink pearl, rubber, kneaded eraser, gum eraser, vinyl.  (We were encouraged to use pens as markings because they cannot be rubbed out and thus forces you to think more about definite lines in your work).

Crayons (or wax pastel): These are sticks of colored wax, charcoal, chalk or other material used for writing or drawing.  Examples

Conte crayons: Composed of powdered graphite or charcoal and mixed with wax or clay base

Oil Pastels:  Crayon made of pigment with a dry binder is a pastel; when made of oil chalk it is called an oil pastel

Hard Pastels:  Blends of pigment, graphite and clay

Grease Pencil / china marker:  Made of colored hardened grease

Watercolor crayons / water-soluble crayons

Charcoal:  Examples:

Charcoal pencils (eg 4B)

Sticks of natural charcoal or synthetic charcoal (CharKole or similar brand)

2. Painting


Good set of paint brushes (eg watercolor & acrylic brushes)


Watercolor paint (paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution)


Acrylic paint (fast-drying containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion - I found 'Winsor & Newton' a good brand for beginners)


Tempera paint (fast-drying painting medium, very long lasting)


Oil Paint (slow-drying paint consisting of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil)


Blending stumps






Painting knife (for painting on canvas)


Palette knife (better suited for mixing paints on the palette)




Gesso (as a primer for painting)


Glaze and varnishing


Canvas and/or paper


Click here to read quite a helpful article that may assist you in deciding upon the type of paints suited to the work that you wish to create.