I have published a squidoo lens on drawing cats.

Whilst demonstrating for the UKCPS (UK Coloured Pencil Society) at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, I was asked many times about the materials I work with. I am going to use this page to provide as much information as I can about the materials I use.

It might take me some time to collect all the information, so if you want to know anything in advance of it appearing here please email me:- gayle.mason@gmail.com.

  1.  Supports
  2. Coloured Pencils
  3. Graphite Pencils
  4. pencil Sharpeners
  5. Miscellaneous



One of my favourite supports for coloured pencil, or mixed media, is Drafting Film:-

 I use Polydraw double matt, 75 micron sheets.

Polydraw is by West and is available as sheets or in rolls. It is described as a polyester drafting film with a high degree of dimensional stability.

I find its exceptionally smooth surface ideal for the detail I want to be able to produce. A sharp pencil point lasts for a long time on this surface. I can also easily airbrush acrylic backgrounds to produce a wonderful soft focus effect.
The one thing that you can't do on this surface is use a lot of layering, I've found 3 or 4 layers is about as many as I can manage.
If you make a mistake on Polydraw it is easy to correct, simply dampen the area and wipe off. I have even removed an airbrushed background, although that wasn't quite as easy.
I believe that an equivalent to Polydraw in the US and Canada is Mylar, and I know many artists use Mylar to great effect.
A surface that I've only started using this year is Ampersand Pastelbord.
Ampersand Pastelbord  is described as "a clay and gesso hardboard panel with a granular marble dust finish" The pastelbord is available in four colours, sand, grey, green and white. I ordered samples of all four colours although up to now I have only worked on the sand one. TheAmpersand website shows the four colours and gives much more information on the product, including the diversity of media you can use on it.
So far I have used acrylic, coloured pencil and neocolorll.