PowellsWood Sketches: Preclass

Welcome to the preclass lesson!

Let’s talk about the supplies needed for this ink and wash drawing course – you may already have plenty at home you can use! I always encourage trying out what you’ve got whenever possible.

Before we start…a little housekeeping

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…

  1. Do not sell or give away the concepts from my classes – you may not re-teach my instruction contained or created within these lessons.
  2. Do not post a video tutorial or step by step photo tutorial of your own redraw of class content.
  3. Do not repost any handouts you receive in class.

However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.

  1. DO make your own designs and develop your own style! I love that!
  2. DO gift your creations made with these techniques, of course!

At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.

A little longer tour!

The promo video on the class page teased a longer view at the garden….here you go! 


About the supplies

Let’s talk about what’ll be used in class. Remember you CAN use whatever watercolors, brushes, and sketchbook you already have. But these are the items I’ll be using – not just for class but this spring and summer!


As with all my classes, use supplies you love, being prepared for different results. (Which is not a bad thing!)


  1. Fountain Pen, TWSBI Eco with Fine nib  with Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen Ink (waterproof)
  2. or Micron pens or Sharpies – whatever waterproof black pen you have

Sketchbook suggestions:

  1. Square sketchbook 3.9″ x 3.9″ (comes in various colors)
  2. Tumuarta 3.5 x 5.5 

Daniel Smith Watercolors:

  1. Daniel Smith Watercolors Essentials set of 6 contains 5 ml tubes of COOL Hansa Yellow Light,Quinacridone Rose,Phthalo Blue Green Shade, and WARM New GambogePyrrol Scarlet,  French Ultramarine Blue.
  2. Extra colors I added (NOT necessary)
    1. Paynes Blue Gray
    2. Cobalt Teal Blue
    3. Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna
    4. Daniel Smith white gouache
  3. Whiskey Painters Palette 

Brushes – the travel versions are more expensive but smaller ones. Let them dry well, flat, when you get back from sketching.

  1. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8:  BLICK AMZ 
  2. Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4: BLICKAMZ 
  3. TRAVEL: Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #8: AMZ BLICK
  4. TRAVEL: Silver Brush Black Velvet Round #4: AMZ  BLICK


  1. Pencil (any kind but I use a lead holder and sharpener)
  2. Kneaded Eraser
  3. Mini Mister Spray Bottle

Sketchbook Easel

  1. Wood Sketch Easel by True Hard Goods
  2. Cheapo tripod 

Chair: this hunting stool has a big pocket that my zipper pack and water bottle fit in; the sketch easel travels in the folded “seat.”

Shopping local?

I’m an advocate for your local independent art store! If you’re shopping there, print this out and take it with you; the clerk will be happy to help you out! (The chair and easel they won’t have. The chair can be found at a sporting goods shop in the hunting section; the sketch easel is NOT necessary for class but I only found it on Etsy.) 

More on color swatch charts for the curious

Feel free to make one of these if you wish – or not. 🙂


Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

Artventure Community

Where you’ll be right in Sandy’s pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions

Student Facebook Group

Our closed group is a safe place to share for those in all our classes who love the ‘book!

Social media & blogs

Post wherever you like to share, and let your friends know which class you’re taking. They might like it too!