As Graphic Recorders you are forever expanding your graphics kit and each time you do it gets just a little bit more exciting for your next creative adventure.
We would like to share some of the bits and pieces we have collected in our own Graphic Facilitation kit with you.
You can’t be a graphic facilitator with out your pens!
We use different makes and styles of pens all the time. We have found that Neuland refill pens are usually our first choice. One because you can purchase refill inks that last ages, you can also buy new nibs for the ends of the pens and they never dry out.
The colours of the pens are so bright and vibrant and look amazing on the paper.
The variation is great, you can buy:
- Big Chunky Pens,
- Thin Pens,
- Pens that have no ink in that you can fill with any colour you would like, or even mix a colour together,
- White pens that draw and can be seen on darker paper,
- There range is massive!
We also have found that Berol pens and Sharpies are also great to use, they also have a variation of nibs and thickness of pen.
Pastels finish off any graphic. It takes away any blank space and adds depth to the big picture.
You can buy pastels from any local craft shop and they will do the trick. We have found that Pan Pastels have been the best to use with a cleaning duster. If you rub the duster on the pastel and then rub it on the paper the pastel is easier to spread around.
So you know them times where you need to draw at the bottom of the page and it hurts your back to bend over and draw and you cant sit on a chair because it doesn’t look very good. We purchased some gardening kneeling pads!! They work wonders and your knees are pain free! This is a must have for everyone’s gardening…I mean graphic kits.
Obviously, you need something to draw your amazing graphics on to something. If you search on the internet you can find great deals for rolls of paper. You could also approach local newspaper companies for their roll ends, and they may donate them to you or let you buy them for a small fee!
It is always good to have pencils on hand. If the conversation is going in many different directions and you are finding it hard to keep up it’s a good idea to scribble down any little notes down on your graphic. Just remember not to scribble them too dark or it will be hard to rub them out later on.
Erasers: Just for any little mistakes of notes to rub out later.
Wet Wipes or Hand Sanitizer:
Using pastels and pens can be messy work. It is always good to have some wet wipes or hand sanitizer to hand to ensure that the colours on your hands don’t smear on to the paper.
Hair spray/fixing spray:
Once you have added the pastel it is good to spray the graphic with hairspray or fixing spray. Fixing spray can be costly but hairspray does the same job. This makes sure that the pastel doesn’t rub off.
White Sticky Labels:
If you are like me and a tad bit dyslexic or if your just not great with spelling white sticky labels are a must. If the occasion arrives and you realise you have spelt something incorrect you can always cut out a bit of a sticky label to size and stick it on the section that you got wrong. Once you draw over it, it is hardily recognisable.
Scrap paper is always useful to take any note on. This might be good in the case of workshops where you need to break away from your graphic wall or just in the case of the conversation going faster than you expected…you can always come back to it.
As Graphic Recorders we are always expanding our kit and our skills. We will doodle as much as we can to get the image just how you want it. If you have any great hints or tips we are always open to suggestions, get in touch!