The Pocket Painter Kit can be put together easily using items that you might find around your house and studio. Since I started offering the Pocket Painter Workshop, I’ve been asked if I sell the Pocket Painter Kit that is used for the workshop. The answer is both “Yes” and “No”.
The Pocket Painter Kit contains the following items:
1. Five pieces of paper, folder and bound with a rubber band to create a 3.75″ x 5.75″ sketchbook
2. One tiny Kuretake Waterbrush and tiny water bottle
3. One finger cot for the Kuretake Waterbrush. It doesn’t come with a cap and usually leaks a bit when the tip is reinserted into the barrel for carrying. Water remains in the tip reservoir.
4. One mechanical pencil
5. One Pigma Micron Pen
6. One Altoid Smalls tin with one full pan and three half pans with a squeeze of watercolor paint in each (Blue in the full pan, Yellow, Red and Burnt Sienna in the half pans).
7. One wrist sock for wiping off excess water and for cleaning the waterbrush
8. One small, Zip lock bag.
I like to keep costs as low as possible for my students. I was surprised when I ordered enough of the above items for my class, the cost came to more than the $10.00 material fee I charged. That fee has now been raised to $15 for future workshops. Of course, students take the kits home with them and I hope they will continue to use them constantly, refilling the pans and making dozens more sketchbooks.
Why was I surprised? Because Tom eats mints and gives me an empty tin every month. That’s great for my personal supply, but not enough for several workshops within a month’s time. He also supplies me with worn out socks, but not enough for everyone. I have old paintings I cut up, fold and turn into sketchbooks of all sizes. I have odd tubes of paint that have accumulated over decades that I use for quick sketches, concerned mainly with color value, not perfect color mixing. I usually use a fountain pen filled with Noodler’s Black Ink rather than a Micron Pen. Ink bleeds a bit which I’ve learned is disconcerting to many of my students. I’ve used waterbrushes for years and forgot how expensive they can be. my personal kits are relatively FREE.
How does my personal kit deviate from the one I supply to my students?
1. To keep costs down, I buy a package of boys’ socks that are 82% cotton. They must have a significant content of cotton in them or they are pretty useless. The 100% cotton socks are too expensive and the men’s 100% cost even more. As I mentioned above, I use Tom’s thick, cotton socks as soon as I see a hole appear in the toe or heel.
2. I like my Niji Waterbrush, the shorter handled brush rather than the longer one. It fits more easily into my pockets. The tiny brush I supply in the kit is a bit too small for me, needing refilling too often since I use it constantly when I’m traveling. I would like the tiny brush better if it had a cap. This tiny brush requires not only the tiny bottle for refilling, it also requires the finger sock to contain the slight leaking.
So…. in most cases I assume that:
1. Artists can find an old sock.
2. Artists have tubes of paint or can easily purchase tubes at their local art store.
3. Mechanical pencils and permanent, fine tip marker pens are easily available at Office Supply and Art Stores.
4. Artists have paper they can cut to size for small sketchbooks
That leaves the tiny tin, the empty full and half pans and the waterbrush.
I haven’t purchased a tin of the Smalls in a local store, but I can’t imagine it costing more than $2.00
I purchase the empty pans from Jerry’s Artarama. Cheap Joe’s also sells them,but the ones from Cheap Joe’s are a rather peculiar size and they don’t work as well in the tins. I use many other tins in addition to the Altoid Smalls. Jerry’s pans work better in all of them. The empty Full pans are about 65 cents each. the empty half pans are about 60 cents each.
A waterbrush, if purchased in an art store will cost anywhere from $7 to $12 for one brush. I still recommend purchasing a waterbrush with a cap. There are many companies that are making them now.
Because I have a very difficult time saying “no” to students and because I don’t want anything to deter any one of my students from drawing and painting at every possible opportunity, I will offer the following, abbreviated Pocket Painter Kit:
1. One boy’s sock wrist band (just to get you going until the socks in your drawer start to have holes
2. One Altoid Smalls tin with one EMPTY full pan and three EMPTY half pans inside. NO PAINT
3. One of the tiny Kuretake waterbrush/bottle kits. remember, these do not have caps, the tip reinserts into the barrel for storage
4. One finger cot for the waterbrush
That is all that will be included in the abbreviated, post workshop Pocket Painter Kit. This will only be available to students who have attended any one of my workshops, not just the Pocket Painter Workshop. The cost will be $12.00 plus $3.00 shipping within the US. If you are interested, please email me. I will not be listing this on my Website Store. Thanks for your understanding.