Have you always wanted to draw while out in nature or sketch while you’re traveling? Watch my video that demonstrates seven of my favorite techniques, then see my list of the tools I use in the links below the video.

Christine’s Field Sketching Kit List Handout

Download the complete list of what I bring on a field sketching expedition. I keep a laminated copy of this list in my kit so  I can double check that I have all my supplies before each trip.

Techniques Showcase for Field Sketching Handout

Download the following guide to the techniques I use in the above video.


My Favorite Art Supplies

Here’s my list of the art tools I carry that are equally handy whether I’m out on a hike or traveling the world! Best of all, they all fit into my waterproof travel bag!

Mechanical pencil –Staedtler Mars 780 Technical Mechanical Pencil, 2mm.

mechanical pencil

Soft sketching pencil -Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencil, 2B

sketching pencil

Thick core soft sketching pencil-Prismacolor Premier Ebony Graphite Sketching Pencil



Water-soluble pen-Pilot Razor Point II Marker

water soluble pen

Water-proof pen-Faber-Castell Pitt Artists’ Pens

water proof pen


White gel pen-Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Impact Pen White Ink

white gel pen


Water soluble-pencils -Derwent Watersoluble Sketching Pencils

water soluble pencil


Blue colored pencil -Prismacolor – Col-Erase Pencil w/Eraser, Non-Photo Blue

blue pencil

Colored pencil set -Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils


colored pencils

Water-soluble colored pencils – I enjoy these even more than normal colored pencils because you can use them wet or dry and their large diameter lead allows you to put color on fast! I use Derwent Inktense brand.

watersoluble colored pencil

Faber-Castel 24 Piece Polychromous Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin – These pencils are my newest obsession. They are so smooth and durable, and most importantly – resist breaking when sharpening or being dropped on the ground! 


Pencil sharpener -Prismacolor pencil sharpener

prismacolor pencil sharpener


Blending stump -Caran d’Ache Blending Stump – Blending Stump

blending stump


Kneadable eraser -Faber-Castell-Kneadable Art Eraser

kneadable eraser

Colored pastel paper – Canson Mi-Teintes

canson paper

Watercolor travel set – Winsor & Newton Professional Water Color Compact Set

watercolor set

Water brush -Pentel Japan Aquash Waterbrush Water Brush Pen, Medium

water brush


Sketchbook -Cachet Travel Sketchbook For Mixed Media with Brush 7×10″dimensions

sketch book


Travel bag – I love the Blue Q brand pictured below, they are recycled, waterproof and come in a bunch of different sizes. These even have a shopping bag size with handles that I use as my carry-on bag while traveling!

sketching supplies bag

Some additional suggested supplies

If you are going out in the field to sketch (as opposed to using them at home) you’ll also want to bring:

  • small water container and a rag or paper towel
  • day pack
  • snacks
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • sturdy shoes
  • camera
  • binoculars
  • hand lens
  • whatever else you bring on a day out hiking in nature!


sketching in the field

Learn more about nature sketching!

Take one of my online Nature Sketching courses. LEARN MORE HERE.