My Favorite Tools: Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Box

You probably know I’ve been painting 30 minutes every day since November.

(You can see my daily paintings on Instagram!)

My favorite painting tool to use is this Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Box. You’ve probably seen it in many of my drawing tutorials 🙂

It comes in several pre-set colors (between 12 and 48), and the colors are so fun and vibrant!

I use the 24-color set, by the way.

Since I’ve been painting with the blues a lot lately, my blues are almost gone!

Exhibit A

But since I have the exact colors in the Sakura Koi watercolor paint tubes, I could just refill the slots and keep working with the same set.

pretty blues ❤

Needless to say, this Field Sketch Box is super handy to take with you when you’re out and about, but I use it even when I’m painting at home.

With this box set, your set-up is so easy. You just open up the box, and you’re ready to paint.

I usually paint on my crowded desk or a small dining table and don’t have a lot of room to spread out, so its compact size is ideal.

I also mix Sakura Koi watercolor with other watercolor or gouache (an opaque watercolor) paints.

Here is an example of a painting where I used watercolor and gouache.

I just squeeze a little bit of a paint on the palette and use it as is or create different hues by mixing them up with the existing colors.

The set comes with a refillable water brush.

(By the way, don’t throw away the black plug that’s attached to the barrel handle – that’s what keeps the water vessel filled while transporting it in the box. You can still transport the brush filled with the water with the brush tip and the cap on, but it won’t fit in the box. Just FYI! I totally threw it away when I first opened my box and deeply regret it :D)

When I paint at home, I typically use regular watercolor brushes with a jar of water, but the water brush is convenient when you’re traveling and don’t have access to water.

It’s got small sponges on both sides of the paint cakes to clean your brush with. I just use paper towel to clean my brushes, though. Just a habit, I guess.

My palette tends to get messy – I’m ok with that unless I need a clean surface to blend my paints on.

Embrace the mess!

I just take a wet paper towel (or you can spray some water with a spray bottle) and wipe the area clean. That’s it! So easy.

If you’re looking for a fun and economical way to play with watercolor painting, you should give it a try! You can locate a store near you here 🙂

xo Yuko

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