Tools of the Trade :: Outils de peinture

Since this morning I have been quite busy organizing myself… reorganizing my colours in the Daniel Smith Travel Palette, cleaning them up, creating a color wheel, cleaning my fountain pens and really trying to figure out the “best” system for painting in my painting studio, aka my kitchen counter ;-)))

Depuis ce matin je suis en train de réorganiser, nettoyer et refaire mes couleurs d’aquarelle. J’ai aussi mis les outils (plume fontaine) et pinceaux que j’utilise pour dessiner et peindre. Une autre fois je parlerai des papers disponibles pour l’aquarelle. Ces photos ont été prises dans mon atelier de peinture… ma cuisine!

So I thought that some of you may like knowing what I draw and paint with…  First picture is the open Daniel Smith Travel Palette after cleaning it today, with both of its mixing areas open. The second picture is with one of the mixing areas closed with a view of my colour chart.




The arrows in my colour wheel follow the direction (from left to right) for my colour chart in my Daniel Smith palette.


1. Winsor & Newton —  Series 7 — Sable brush #10;
2. Omer De Serres, squirrel #10;
3. Winsor & Newton — Series 7 — Sable brush #5;
4. Lamy Joy Calligraphy Fountain Pen, 1.1 mm filled with waterproof black ink;
5. Carbon Pen extra fine filled with waterproof black carbon ink;
6. Pilot Flexigrip extra fine fountain pen filled with Noodlers’ Bulletproof Lexington Grey ink;
7. Sigma Pigma Micron .01 archival technical pen;
8. Lead Pencil, 2B;
9. Kneaded eraser.

4 thoughts on “Tools of the Trade :: Outils de peinture

  1. Hi Louise,

    c’est un plaisir de partager et il semble que je passe beaucoup de temps à mieux m’organiser ;-)

    The colour wheel reflects the colours that I have in my palette and not mixes that can be done… the first colour wheel that I had done I had added mixes as well, and I clearly could not understand my wheel as it was too much info… that is why there are many blank spaces in the one that I did today.

    Yesterday I ordered a book that seems to be very very good from Barnes & Noble (as Amazon is out of stock, and Chapters-Indigo does not even seem to have it). It is named: Sketching on Location, it is quite expensive 60$, but seems to have it all. Any book of John Singer Sargeant is a true inspiration, and of course Jeanne Dobie’s book. I ordered a DVD from Cheap Joe’s about 2 weeks ago by Brenda Swenson “Sketching Techniques with watercolor”. It cost 29$ and is well worth the money as it is wonderful!!! I love it.


  2. Jane,
    Merci infiniment de nous partager tout ce travail que vous avez fait aujourd’hui; un travail intense et réellement précieux – pour vous et pour nous aussi. Vous avez pris le temps de bien le faire en plus!

    This is a real good and precious work for what you had taken time today, for you and for us!. We always want more info about organizing ourselves, our palette and I just love your colour wheel. I now want to do mine! Which book from Daniel Smith would you recommend? Beside the wonderful Jeanne Dobie’s one of course. Many thanks.


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