heart/ stripes/ triangles/ fish scale/ colored dots/ yellow/ black polka dot/ blue fringe

Lately, I’ve been on a major pillow hunt. I’ve been living in my apartment for a few months now, and it’s slowly coming together… but I think my bed and couch need some color to liven things up. Kind of like this.

Above are some of my favorites…I’m also dying over this, this, and this. Where do you guys find cool pillows?

This also got me thinking about making some of my own…


Today I’m sharing more secrets with you guys!

I’ve been illustrating for as long as I can remember, so I’ve had my fair share of trial and error when it comes to supplies. I finally figured out my absolute go tos- and I’ve been religiously using these same products for years now.

When it comes to scanning, there’s a lot more to it than just what type of scanner you use. It’s important to use the right paper, especially with watercolor. If you use rough watercolor paper, you’re gonna have a pretty hard time getting a smooth scan. I am a HUGE fan of Aquarelle Arches paper– specifically Hot Pressed, Grain Satine. It’s perfect for creating clean, smooth illustrations- and super easy to scan.

I used to use my desk scanner for everything, which was great… but when I started traveling a lot last year, It was hard to manage creating new work and finding somewhere to scan it. That’s why I decided to give the Magic Wand a shot. Boy, am I glad I did! I totally thought it would be a flop, but it’s my new best friend. Whenever I travel, I take this handy wand with me (even when I’m not traveling!). Highly recommended. You basically just drag the wand over your work, and it does a great job capturing the image. Almost all of the illustrations you see on my site were scanned with this. It has a handy high res/ or low res option too. I tend to work fairly small, so the size is great (it’s about a foot long), but I do wish it came in larger sizes too.

As for paints, brushes, and pens- remember when I gave you a little insight here? Lately I’m loving the Copic pens. I destroy delicate pen tips like nobody’s business… so Copics are perfect for me. You can buy tip replacements, instead of a whole new pen. I like the .01 weight, and the brush pen for getting various line weights.

I use a few different types of brushes, but I usually stick to angular shaders. You can get the most use out of a single angular brush– takes some practice, but it’s great for covering large areas as well as getting small details.

You guys know I’m loyal to these paints + these gouaches. I’ve been using them since I began with watercolors- and I absolutely love them. Whenever I run out, I just buy tubes of Winsor & Newton watercolor and fill em back up. Oh, and make sure you don’t clean your palette too often! I see people do this all the time, but you really don’t need to. All those colors you mix can be reused with just a little water later on. Plus it gives your palette a bit of character!

Hope this helps… shoot me questions on anything in the comments! I’ll try my best to answer them all.

Don’t forget you can see all of my tutorials here.


Subscribe to Katie's Weekly Letters

Inspiration, product reviews, and Katie's personal musings.