The Art Toolkit

The all-in-one field art and watercolor toolkit.

This rugged, custom-designed kit includes all you need to start sketching and painting, from mountain to urban adventures. I’ve included my favorite materials, all tested in the field to meet my own high standards for quality. Learn how I developed the kit on my blog and also see examples of the Art Toolkit in action!


  • Weatherproof cordura zip cover with gear loops and pockets for organization
  • 3/4″ 6 ring binder, easily exchange and rearrange pages and is supportive enough to sketch standing up!
  • Pocket Watercolor palette with 14 magnetic removable pans
  • 20 pages of Canson Montval 140lb watercolor paper (refills available or create your own)
  • Waterbrush and reusable towel
  • Waterproof fine pen, pencil, and ruler
  • Art tips and techniques inserts
  • 2 binder clips

The Art Toolkit measures 6.5″ x 8.5″ when closed and carries 5″ x 7″ paper with standard 6-hole punch. Additional palettes, extra pans, and paper refills are available in my shop and the binder is also compatible with the Franklin Covey pocket/compact metal hole punch.

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The Pocket Palette

The most compact and versatile watercolor palette available.

The Pocket Palette features a mixing surface, 14 removable pans on a magnetic base, and measures approximately 3 5/8″ x 2 1/2″. When closed, it is approximately 1/4″ thick, and the pans are about 1/8″ deep. The palette is packaged in a reusable cloth drawstring pouch. Additional refill pans are available as well as jumbo pans. The Pocket Palette is also part of the Art Toolkit sketching supply system. See examples of the Art Toolkit in use around the world on my blog!

Pocket Palette update and cleaning instructions.

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Expand your Toolkit

Pocket Color Guide

This color guide is a perfect complement to the Pocket Palette and Art Toolkit. It introduces color fundamentals and includes tips on mixing. Seven samples of my of my favorite Daniel Smith paints are also included (with seven extra pans), a great way to get started with watercolor. Explore the colors and use the guide for inspiration!

Sample Colors Included

  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Pyrrol Red
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Phthalo Blue (red shade)
  • Indanthrone Blue
  • Phthalo Green (blue shade)
  • Quinacridone Gold

Read about limited palettes and see examples of painting with these colors on my blog.

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Extra Palette Pans

Organize and change up your colors with these extra metal pans for the Art Toolkit’s magnetic pocket palette.

Quantity: 10 pans

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Jumbo Pans

These square pans are twice the size of the standard Pocket Palette pans. Carry larger quantities of paint or use them for an additional mixing surface.

Quantity: 6 pans

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Mixing Pans

These extra large pans are equal to 4 standard pans or 2 jumbos. Use as an additional mixing surface or fill with your favorite paint!

Quantity: 3 pans

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Paper Refill

Canson Montval 140lb cold-press, acid-free, watercolor paper has a lightly textured surface that works well for both pen sketching and watercolor.

Quantity: pack of 10 pages

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Pocket Mister

Use this tiny spray bottle to pre-wet your palette, dampen your paper, create watercolor effects, or to cool off on a hot day! At only 3″ long and 1/2″ in diameter, you can carry it anywhere. It also fits perfectly in the rear pocket of the Art Toolkit.

Learn more about the Pocket Mister and see additional photos on my blog.

Quantity: 1 spray mister

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Refill Syringe

This small syringe is perfect for filling waterbrushes while out sketching. Use it to easily transfer water from your water bottle to your brush without spilling a drop. At just 3″ long when closed, it fits perfectly in any sketch kit.

Read more about the Refill Syringe on my blog. These syringes do not have needles. Waterbrush not included.

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Artists love the Art Toolkit & Pocket Palette

I found the Toolkit when looking for a way to start doing my art again. I’m excited to have something so compact and professional.

Stacey, CA

Your journal kit is so well thought out and portable. Thank you!

Karen, CA

I love the pocket palette, I’ve found that carrying two still feels like I’m keeping it simple, as they are amazingly light weight and thin, and clip into place so easily for accessibility while painting.

Karen, AZ

Your palette is the best that it’s possible to find in the world. It’s small but very well made, sturdy, and simple to use.

Franco, Italy

Thanks very much for the palette and pans! I need to lighten my supplies and these look absolutely perfect.

Victoria, Nova Scotia

I am traveling and have the Pocket Palette and some waterbrushes in a cloth pencil case with me. I can literally carry my paints anywhere.

Charles, NJ

Love the Jumbo pan sizes. They’re also good for people who use larger brushes.

Irene, NY

I like the Pocket Palette because it’s small, has interchangeable pans, and frankly, it’s cute. I’ve almost lost it already, my friend got “grabby” hands over it!

Yanagi, MO