What I Put in my Sketchnote Bag

I've recently paired down the amount of art supplies I drag with me to do sketchnotes live during a talk.  At present, the pens and markers will fit in a medium-sized zippered bag - which is an accomplishment since I have a propensity to over-pack.  


The materials that made the cut:


  • Sharpie fine-point black pens
  • Pilot Varsity fountain pen (with the all-important slight chisel for lettering)
  • Zig Calligraphy marker (2.0mm on one end, 5.0mm on the other) for headings
  • Soft pencils
  • White Staedtler eraser
  • Zig Calligraphy Pen (1.0mm) with a chisel tip
  • Kuretake 'Graphic Twin' marker in Light Grey for shadows
  • Copic markers for accent colours
  • Small, plastic ruler
  • Hotel key card (it is the perfect size for making short lines or creating retangular boxes)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pentel Correction Pen for hiding all manner of slip ups
  • A tube of Buxom Lip Polish in Sophia (optional)

Currently, I enjoy sketchnoting on a Canson 140lb paper that I can easily find at a reasonable price at art supply shops or art box stores.  I've used lots of other paper but I like this because the Copics rarely bleed through and it is nearly the same colour at the Pentel correction fluid.

What do you bring with you to make sketchnotes?

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