favorite supplies

watercolors

  • Paul Rubens Artist Grade Watercolors
    • Set of 48
    • Includes a well-made tin
    • Standard size half pans 
    • Offers a cool and warm choice for each primary color along with quinacridone rose and sap green, making the set ideal for botanicals, fashion, and learning to mix colors
    • Vibrant, transparent colors
    • Several colors are not lightfast, so consider using for art journaling and practice only
    • Pigment information available
    • Made in China

  • Van Gogh 12+3 Watercolors
    Van Gogh watercolors are lightfast and made in The Netherlands

    • Set of 15
    • Includes a box with lift-out mixing tray
    • Standard size half pans
    • Offers a cool and warm choice for each primary color along with quinacridone rose and sap green, making the set ideal for botanicals, fashion, and learning to mix colors
    • Reliably lightfast
    • Pigment information available
    • Made in The Netherlands

  • White Nights Watercolors
    • Set of 35
    • Includes a well-made tin
    • Generously filled full pans
    • Offers a cool and warm choice for each primary color along with quinacridone rose and sap green, making the set ideal for botanicals, fashion, and learning to mix colors
    • Far more economical than other artist grade brands
    • Pigment information available
    • Favorite among many professional watercolorists
    • Highly pigmented, easy to rewet, and accurate lightfast ratings

notebooks

    • Leuchtturm1917
      • 251 pages
      • Available in dot grid, plain, 6mm rule, and square grid
      • Hard cover
      • 80gsm paper which resists bleeding and has very little ghosting
      • Can go without a cover but will easily slip into popular leather options
      • Ink dries faster than on Tomoe River Paper used in the Hobonichi and Nanami lines
      • Takes most watercolor (especially paints with good quality pigment rather than dye-based wet media)
      • Elastic closure, rounded corners, numbered pages, two bookmarks, and back pocket
      • Acid free and FSC Certified
      • Made in Germany

    • Paper Sunday
      Paper Sunday personalized scripture journals and planners make a wonderful Christian gift

      • Personalized scripture journals and planners
      • Dozens of cover choices
      • Kids' styles offered as well
      • Coil bound, soft cover, and hard cover formats
      • English and Spanish options
      • Thoughtful gift, as your recipient's initials are placed on the front cover and their name is incorporated in every verse
      • Made in the USA
      • Use coupon code KEYLIME22 for a 10% discount

    • Stalogy 365
      • 368 pages
      • Best all-around bullet journal with square grid pages
      • Sturdy, water-resistant soft cover
      • Bible-thin paper which resists bleeding and ghosting
      • Can go without a cover but will easily slip into popular leather options
      • Ink dries faster than on Tomoe River Paper used in the Hobonichi and Nanami lines
      • Takes most watercolor (especially paints with good quality pigment rather than dye-based wet media)
      • Rounded corners
      • Acid free
      • Made in Japan


    • Wanderings
      • Traveler’s notebook inserts available in passport, standard, A5, and larger sizes 
      • Cardstock softcover 
      • Choice of dot grid, plain, 8mm rule, and square grid
      • Takes everything except juicy Sharpie markers 
      • I’m able to work extensively with ink and wash watercolor; there’s absolutely zero bleed-through on the other side of the page 
      • Rounded corners
      • Acid free, tree free paper made of recycled cotton


    journal covers

    • Apple Pig
      Apple Pig traveler's notebooks are custom made to order

      • Many stock sizes available
      • Custom design ideas and sizes welcomed
      • Leather
      • Made in Taiwan by a master craftsman named Ting
      • All projects are made to order; worth the wait

    • Elizo
      • Journal covers in Large (for Moleskine Large size), A5 (generously cut), and XL (for composition books) 
      • Leather (I like Chestnut the best)
      • Usually in-stock and ready to ship

    • September Leather / Newestor
      • A5, Standard, and Passport size traveler's notebooks 
      • Card pockets and folio pockets
      • Reinforced spine
      • Four elastic bands
      • Leather
      • Economical
      • Usually in-stock and ready to ship

    • Wanderings
      • Standard size traveler's notebook
      • Card pockets and folio pockets
      • Leather
      • Economical
      • Usually in-stock and ready to ship



    pens

    • Tombow Mono Drawing Pens 
      • Set of 3 sizes including 01, 03, and 05 
      • Other sizes can be purchased individually once you decide which will work best for you 
      • Completely waterproof ink with no waiting between sketching and painting
      • Tips tend to last longer than comparable Sakura Pigma Micron pens


    resources for writers

    • Grammarly 
      • Free accounts: correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation
      • Premium accounts: scan your work for tone, readability, confidence, and inclusive language and check for inadvertent plagiarism

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