After a lot of trial and experimentation over several years I have my visual art drawing kit of preferred items that I wanted to share with you, as well as some online resources to help you get started with drawing, and visual word art inspiration.
My drawing style is to go with budget options where possible, but if it is worth spending more money on an expensive drawing tool then I will usually invest in these tools as it makes the whole drawing experience so much more pleasurable.
For resources there are quite a few free options to help you get started, and finally some sources of visual word art inspiration to see what is possible and to trigger your own creativity.
1. Drawing Surface
I like to be able to draw anywhere when inspiration strikes me. As a result I usually pack an artist sketchboard (like this one!) in my backpack for when I am out and about – I find a board of around 13″ x 17″ to be a good size to carry (without being too big) but also not too small. I also prefer to have a clip to hold my paper in place. An artist sketchboard is also a good cheap option to purchase if you are just starting to get into drawing.
When I am drawing at home my preferred drawing surface is an angled drafting table with a large drawing surface. I must admit that my parents bought my drafting table for Christmas two years ago, and I am very thankful for their thoughtfulness. It was the perfect gift!
There are quite a few drafting table options out there, including some angled drafting modules which you can sit on your desk or kitchen table. I suggest you check them out to find one which will suit you best.
2. Drawing Paper
When I am out and about in conjunction with my drawing board I carry a pad of 11″ x 14″ drawing paper – like this one. The individual sheets fit nicely onto my drawing board and is of good weight for both pencil and pen drawing which is my personal preference. I also carry a plastic document wallet – I use it to hold both my drawing pad and my drawings so they do not get damaged in my backpack.
At home I mostly use medium weight paper in a range of different sizes. Like most artists I have collected a large range of pads over the years (both through purchasing them myself and as gifts…) so am usually able to find what I am looking for after rummaging through the drawers on my drafting table!
3. Drawing Pens and Pencils
Over the years I have tried many different pen and pencil options. I usually start by using pencils to make my initial sketch, and I then use pen for the final version. I mostly use black ink pens, but occasionally play with some other colors of ink.
For drawing pencils I like to use a softer 2B or 4B pencil, but for the final step my preferred option is to use a fountain pen. For finer work I like to use an extra-fine or fine nib fountain pen, and for thicker effects I like to use a broad nib fountain pen. Here is some good information to help you choose a good quality fountain pen. When you get started a cheaper fountain pen is a good option and once you find which style you like you can then decide whether to purchase better quality options. i like to have a few fountain pens as I set them up to each have a different ink color – which makes it easy to switch and change my colors as I progress each project.
4. Visual Word Art Quotes and References
There are some great sites out there which will help you find quotes for poetry – here are some of my favorite sites and there are many more out there:
- Proverbia has a wide range of searchable poetry and speech quotes and is a great source of inspiration.
- Cool Quotes Collection is also searchable and has quotes organised by category.
- Goodreads is a surprising source of poetry quotes, and you can seach by tag which creates a great option to find quotes you will love.
- Quote Garden is also searchable and has great options to just browse a large collection in a single page and be inspired.
5. Drawing Technique Tutorials
Sometimes it can be hard to get started as a visual word artist – but you will be happy to know that there are a lot of online tutorials to help you get started right through to becoming an advanced artist. Here are a few of my suggested resources for beginner artists to get going:
6. Visual Word Art Inspiration
The best place to get inspiration for visual word art is Pinterest by far. There are some great boards to follow as follows:
So there you have it – my favorite visual word art tools, resources and inspiration! I hope this article helps you to get started with word art – it is a fun kind of art and it is great when you produce something where you think ‘I nailed it!’.