“What materials do you use to sketchnote?”
That’s one of the questions that I am most frequently asked, so I decided to make a video sharing the tools that I use. I’m also working on a more comprehensive materials guide for sketchnoters to lay out all of the options available to you.
Check out the video above for descriptions of each of the tools that I use and how I use them. Below you’ll find links if you’d like to pick some of them up for yourself.
The Tools I Write & Sketch With
- Pentel Energel pen (black)
- Pentel Energel pens (color pack)
- Utretch drawing pencil
- Sharpie highlighters
- Chisel Tip Sharpie markers
The Materials I Write & Sketch On
- Legal pads (my favorite starting point)
- 3 x 5 index cards
- Strathmore 9 x 12 Sketchbook (and pad)
- Grid paper with non-reproducible blue lines
- Strathmore roll of poster paper
- Post-It notes
Combinations & Processes
- Legal pad + black pen for initial brainstorming
- Index cards + black pen for to-do lists and planning
- Index cards + black pen + highlighters for slides and shownotes
- Index cards + black pen + highlighters for book notes
- Large sketchbook + two-color pens for illustrated videos and classroom lessons
- Large moleskine + pencil -> pen for two-stage sketchnotes
- Small moleskine + pen for travel journaling
- Grid paper + pen for digitizable notes
- Roll of poster paper + chisel tip Sharpies for large scale work
The Digital Tools I Use
- iPhone 6
- Canon LiDe 2100 scanner
- Canon T5i DSLR camera
- Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand for smart phones
- Sunpak tripod (small and useful)
- Manfrotto tripod + ball head (big and sturdy for illustrated videos)
- Daylight Easle Lamps
- Blue Yeti USB Microphone
- Pop filter
- iMac + Adobe Creative Cloud
- Wacom Bamboo tablet
Want To Dig Deeper?
If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.
If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.
And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.