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Here is a look inside my mindmapping kit at the materials I use:


Clear art boxes, wooden paint boxes & racks, clear video cases


Circles, Ovals, Shapes, Mathematical & Scientific, Collection of plastic lids and self-made items


Acrylic paints, acrylic inks, watercolours


Staedtler Noris 122-HB plus erasers and pencil end erasers
Pitt Pastel Pencils – such as grey and black for shading
Derwent Inktense Watercolour Pencils

Colour Pens:

Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent Dry Safe – Fine
Staedtler Lumocolor Duo Permanent – Medium and Fine
Staedtler Lumocolor Whiteboard Pens Medium
Sharpie Twin tip Permanent markers – Fine/Ultra Fine
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens – Shades of Grey Brush tip Bold
Stabilo Point 88 Fine

Colouring Pens:

Staedtler Triplus Fineliners 0.3mm
Staedtler Triplus Color Fibre-tips 1.0mm

Black ink pens:

Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens Medium and Bold
Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush – Bold
Pentel Maxiflo Permanent Marker – Fine
Staedtler Pigment Liners 0.1 through to 0.8 (Most used 0.2)

If you wish to try these pens start small and see which ones you prefer. I gathered this collection slowly starting with single items. If you find a pen or pencil you like it makes sense to purchase in packs where possible to reduce costs, although check prices – sometimes individual purchases are no dearer.

Overall my favourite ink pen is the Staedtler Pigment Liner. A brilliant all-rounder; indelible, waterproof on paper, lightfast, permanent and an 18 Hour cap off feature! (Personally, if the cap’s off I write or draw!)

There are many other brilliant products on the market; experiment and discover what suits you best.

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