Ava Jarvis Art
Ink and Watercolor Artist


Art Supplies / Tools Most Often Used



Currently I use 10 watercolors (Daniel Smith, Da Vinci, and Winsor Newton artist grades):

  • Titanium White (gouache)
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Organic Vermilion
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Indanthrone Blue
  • Quinacridone Purple
  • Phthalo Blue Red Shade
  • Phthalo Green Blue Shade
  • Permanent Brown
  • Yellow Ochre

I use self-made pans of paint, and moisten them with water from the small needleless syringe before working. 

I paint smaller works (largest is about letter-size, and rarely that) so a size 8 round and a size 1 script from Silver Brush Black Velvet's line are the brushes I use most often. When I want to do quicker sketches I instead use Pentel Aquash water brushes. 

I use artist tape to tape down watercolor paper to a board before working the paper.


For sketches, I use a 2B Staedtler graphite lead in a holder. If I need to lighten the marks, such as for highlights or before painting over the lines, I use a putty eraser. I try not to erase mistakes, but work with incorporating them into the overall design.

Pen and Ink

For most linework, I use a Sakura Micron PN pen, which has archival and waterproof ink and a plastic tip (which lasts longer than felt tips). I use black the most often, followed by sepia. For fine details, I use Sakura Micron Pigma pens with 005 and 003 tips.

For expressive brushwork, I prefer to use a Pentel Pocket Brush loaded up with Rapidograph technical pen ink.

Colored Pencils

I use Luminance colored pencils for professional artwork. I prefer to work with the "mane six" colors plus white to mix everything I need, but utility colors are nice to have on hand. These colors can all be found in the 20-pencil set, except for Purplish Red, which is a vital part of my own color palette.

I use both Caran d'Ache bright full blenders (when I need to smooth out textures) and a water brush with a mixture of water and gum arabic to fix colors (when I need to preserve textures). 

I use the putty eraser and polymer eraser with an eraser shield to lift highlights. An embosser is useful for creating highlights before laying color down.

An anti-fouling glove is necessary for colored pencils and graphite pencils.

Loose Paper

I use Strathmore 500 watercolor paper for water media, and Strathmore 400 drawing paper for dry media. Strathmore brand lines tend to deliver quality at a better price ratio than other papers. If you rarely scrub or erase, Strathmore papers work pretty well. 

If I'm working on something meant for archival purposes, I use Arches instead.


For watercolors, I use Pentalic Aqua Journals.

For dry media, I use Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbooks—especially since they're also suitable for wet media as well, to create mixed media works.