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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!

Components

  • Custom made in Seattle, weatherproof Cordura zip cover with exterior gear loops, 4 front pockets, and 5 back pockets for organization (easily carries two Pocket Palettes). Measures approximately 6.5″ x 10″ when closed.
  • Stillman and Birn 5.5″ x 8.5″ landscape sketchbook (also accommodates Moleskine books).
  • Pocket Palette with 14 magnetic removable pans (additional pan sizes available in accessories below).
  • Waterbrush, waterproof fine pen, pencil, and 6″ flexible metric/english ruler.
  • Four page insert with sketching tips and techniques to help inspire you!
  • 2 binder clips, refill syringe, and pocket mister.

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) 3.5″ x 5.5″ softcover notebook with the additional field sketching essentials:

  • Custom made in Seattle Cordura zip cover
  • Pocket Palette with 14 standard pans
  • waterproof fine pen
  • waterbrush
  • 6″ flexible metric/english ruler
  • 2 mini clips

It’s all contained in a rugged, Cordura zip cover with three vertical pockets (can hold two Pocket Palettes) 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. Additional sketchbooks and palette pan sizes are available as accessories. Learn more about the Pocket Art Toolkit on my blog and see examples of the Art Toolkit supplies in action!

New color options! 
Now available as classic black, grey with black trim, and grey with turquoise trim. Please select your color below!

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″. Updated in 2017, the pans are made of a highly corrosion-resistant stainless steel. 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!

Nov 2017 update: read about the new pans!

Pocket Palette–$30

Special Holiday Edition!

This holiday special palette is a unique configuration of all four pan sizes including 8 half pans, 2 standard pans, 2 double pans, and 1 mixing pan.

Accessories

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

Standard Palette Pans

Organize and change up your colors with these extra metal pans for the Art Toolkit’s magnetic pocket palette. Each pan is made of highly rust-resistant stainless steel and holds approximately 2.5 ml of paint.

Quantity: 10 pans

Extra Palette Pans–$5.00

New! Half Pans

Expand your palette with even more colors using these mini square pans. Half the size of standard pans, you can fit a total of 28 in one Pocket Palette. Mix and match the pans in your palette and have fun with color!

Quantity: 14 pans

Half Pans–$5.00

Double 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 double pans. Use as an additional mixing surface or fill with your favorite paint!

Quantity: 3 pans

Mixing Pans–$5.00

Stillman & Birn Sketchbook

Stillman and Birn Beta series paper is a beautiful bright white, smooth enough for ink, and heavy enough for layered watercolor washes. Softcover, landscape orientation, available in small and large sizes to fit both Art Toolkits.

5.5″ x 3.5″ (14.0cm x 8.9cm)–$10.50
8.5″ x 5.5″ (21.6cm x 14.0cm)–$16.50

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

Testimonials

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