Are you one of those who enjoy finding out how things are done? Well, I’m one of those 🙂

That’s why today I’ll share with you the list of tools and materials that I use to create my graphics.

Of course, there are many other options to make your own artworks, you just have find yours.

But if you’re curious about how I create my graphics, this is what I usually use so far.

Notice that most of my illustrations are hand drawn and painted, and then digitize in my computer.

1. Paper

If I just want to make some graphics and keep originals for myself I use:

Watercolour Paper, Michel Papeles Especiales, 280 g/m². Click here for more info

But if I’m thinking about framing an illustration or sell the original artwork I prefer:

Watercolour Studio, Fabriano. 300 g/m² . Click here for more info

2. Brushes

I have many brushes from different brands in my studio, but there is something they all have in common: they are synthetic. They’re usually cheaper and give very good results. So, why not? I mainly use these:

Van Gogh water colour brush series 191, nÂş 1, nÂş 3, nÂş 6. Click here for more info

3. Paint

This may surprise you but my favourite paint is Gouache. I’ve been using gouache paint for years because it’s a very flexible paint. It works well with water, like watercolours, but colours can be as thicker and powerful as you need.

Plakkaatverf Gouache, Extra Fine Quality, Talens. Click here for more info

4. Coloured pencils

I always use coloured pencils to add the last details to my illustrations. During the last years, I’ve been using Stabilo pencils but I recently bought Prismacolor Premier pencils, and I really love them! These have more vivid colours.

Coloring Pencils, Thin lead, Aquarellable, Stabilo. Click here for more info.
Prismacolor Permier, Soft Core. Click here for more info

5. Scanner

I bought this multifunction printer a couple of years ago. It’s what I use to scan all my illustrations and graphic elements and I have no complaints so far. 🙂

Brother MFC-j4410dDW. Click here for more info.

6. Pen Tablet

This is the very first pen tablet I’ve ever had. I got it several years ago and it keeps making me happy.

The only thing I’d say is that I ended up regretting about choosing a4 size. My strokes are usually short and an a5 pen tablet would have been enough in my case.

Wacom Intuos A4. Click here for more info.

7. Graphic Editor

Once I scan all my graphic elements, I clean all images, adjust colours and make sure they all have a transparent background.

Adobe Photoshop Cs6

8. Graphic Editor 2

If I need to convert my scanned illustrations into vectors, I always use Illustrator, which gives you very accurate results.

Adobe Illustrator Cs6

And…that’s it!

As you can see, you don’t need many things to start creating your own artworks.

I hope this post was interesting for you in some way. But remember that we all are unique and you may feel more comfortable using other brands, materials or even techniques.

If you know someone that could benefit from this post, be kind and share it! 🙂

And leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

One more thing, find me on social media and say hi. I’d love to meet you! @lisasbalcony

Talk to you soon,


P.S. Did you know that you can get some beautiful graphics for free? Just click here. 


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    Sarah T. Donner says:

    Thanks for sharing this list. I do have a question for you.
    I am curious as to how to make a ping out of a graphic. Does having it on a transparent background do the trick? Or, is there another secret.

  2. Lisa's Balcony
    Lisa's Balcony says:

    Hi Sarah,
    what do you mean with a “ping”? Do you mean “png”?
    You can create a graphic with a transparent background by removing the background in Photoshop and then saving the file in PNG format.
    I hope that clarifies your question 🙂

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