The Art Toolkit

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

This versatile and rugged 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!


  • Custom designed weatherproof Cordura zip cover with exterior gear loops, 4 front pockets, and 4 back pockets for organization
  • 3/4″ 6 ring binder, you can easily exchange and rearrange pages and it creates a surface 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 hand-washable 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 if you’d like to customize your paper!

Art Toolkit with Pocket Palette–$98
Art Toolkit without Pocket Palette–$72

Pocket Art Toolkit

Sketch anytime, anywhere!

This compact version of the Art Toolkit features a Stillman & Birn (Beta series) softcover notebook with the additional field sketching essentials:

  • Pocket Palette
  • waterproof fine pen
  • waterbrush
  • ruler
  • 2 mini clips

It’s all contained in a rugged, Cordura zip cover with three vertical pockets and three horizontal pockets. The full kit measures just under 5″ x 7.5″ when zipped up and fits nicely inside a purse or large pocket. Learn more about the Pocket Art Toolkit on my blog and see examples of the Art Toolkit supplies in action!

Pocket Art Toolkit with Pocket Palette–$79
Pocket Art Toolkit without Pocket Palette–$54

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 in several sizes. See examples of the Pocket Palette and Art Toolkit supplies in use around the world on my blog!

Pocket Palette update and cleaning instructions.

Pocket Palette–$30


Expand your Toolkit

Essential Colors

This vibrant set of six Daniel Smith paints provides endless mixing possibilities. These are the same paints that I use in my own work and they are manufactured in my home town of Seattle, Washington.

Includes six 5ml tubes: Hansa Yellow Light, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Rose, Pyrrol Scarlet, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), and French Ultramarine. Learn more about this set on my blog.

Essential Colors–$34.00

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

Extra Palette Pans–$5.00

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

Jumbo Pans–$5.00

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

Mixing Pans–$5.00

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

Paper Refill–$8.50

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

Pocket Mister–$2.50

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.

Refill Syringe–$2.50


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