• Dr. PH Martins Bleed proof white-
This is the best paint to use along with gouache. It is a true white. Don't let the small jar size size fool you. This jar lasts a long time and if it dries out, you can re-work with some water.
• Loose leaf-
I keep a heaping pile on my desk not only for myself but for the kids too. It's one of those basic things I use that is helpful for quick notes, doodles that is inexpensive to use.
• Black Gold brushes-
I cannot express how good these brushes are when it comes to getting a clean line and the longevity of brush life.
• Windsor & Newton Gouache-
This is my favourite paint. The pigment and quality can't be beat. They're a little pricey but they last awhile.
• Sennheiser headphones-
Long days at my desk are best accompanied with good music or a really great podcast. For the moments I need to drift off because the kids are noisy or the cartoons, WiiU, or the minecraft music is making me sleepy, these bad boys really help!
• Obus forme back support-
This back roll for my chair has been the best thing ever. Last year I threw my back out twice and recovery was challenging. Now I've incorporated better seating, yoga, exercise plus having this back support. It's worked wonders!
• A great view with natural light-
Living in a valley that faces the Kennebecasis River has its advantages.
• Staedtler mechanical pencil-
I love this pencil. It's slim and has the right weight. It's my pencil of choice for sketching out ideas and it's great on tracing paper.
• Tracing paper-
I use this as much as loose leaf. It's the best for sketching and layering ideas. Invest in a good brand such as Canson that will stand up to erasing.
• Desk toys-
Distraction, misdirection and fiddling is good for the stressful days and to give your eyes a break.
• Having a cat-
I don't know how I got by without my little boy Toby. He is a great distraction, foot warmer and office buddy.
What are yours?