Louise Ramos | Art Hoard
Hello, I'm Louise! And I like to make things. I’m an illustrator and all-around-creative based in sunny Manila.
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Art Hoard

It’s finally my summer break (though summer here’s supposed to be March to May), but nonetheless, I finally have time to fix my art stuff. I hoarded a few things here and there throughout the semester. (Okay, a lot. I can’t even find some of the things I bought. I should probably start cleaning my room up as well.) And I bought a bigger version of this black box I use for storing photographs and prints, so, //dundun OC senses are tingling and I did some A+ storing-slash-organizing.

I’m posting this for self reference and I want to see how my art supplies grow throughout the year. But if you too want to know what’s in my Art Hoard box, click the continue reading link below.


My stuff are just basically beginner’s but this has got to be my favorite part of everything in this box. My love for watercolor has been on and off, and it’s just recently that I’ve stuck to it for some time. I’m keeping up to that.

  1. Prang Watercolor, 8s – a childhood favorite. I used to have a 16s set though I don’t know where that ended up in.
  2. Li’l Hands Watercolor Tempera – I know, Li’l Hands, it’s for grade-schoolers. This tempera can be a little on the dry side compared to the creaminess that is Prang, but it sticks well to regular paper. Good enough and cheap. I usually just use the skintone or peach here since I can’t be relied on mixing that color.

First of all, I use thin brushes. I like ’em 0 or 00, 000, you get it. Most of my brushes are just bookstore finds but I do like those of Pentel’s, and the middle ones pictured above (blue stems) are Royal & Langnickel.

  • Sakura Koi Water Brush – I love this thing is an understatement. I’ve been painting a lot more ever since I discovered water brushes. No need for a water pan! I still haven’t opened the medium sized one since I’m all good with the small brush. They cost a little less than $4, and you can get them through online shops. I ordered mine from The Craft Central.

These were just a gift from a friend but I’ve enjoyed using them whenever I want to mix palettes. Colors are quite pigmented and a dab of this thing goes a long way. And they dry rubberry.


  1. Pilot Gtech 0.3 and 0.4 – always. Severus Snape always. It’s the Scholastican pen but I kept using it even after high school — for lectures, outlining, and just about everything.
  2. Dong-A Finetech 0.2 and 0.3 – this can be a lot thicker that Pilot’s and I use these for post-outlining.
  3. Pilot 0.5 mechanical pencil – I bought this after I’ve accepted the fact that my Muji mechanical pencil is forever lost. She shall be remembered.
  4. Rotring Tikky 0.5 – my go-to pencil. Cute, looks professional, and functional. Haha. I still use normal pencils (usually Faber-Castell’s HB, 2B, and 4B) but I can’t be bothered to sharpen.

I have this thing for hoarding pens. All colors. All types. I got a whole set of Pilot Frixion Pens as an exchange gift last Christmas and I’m like that little girl who finally got her dollhouse. I always use Stabilo and Dong-A fineliners to highlight though they’re not for that purpose; and lately there has been this double-pointed highlighters (the ones with thick and thin ends) and my mission in life is to complete all the colors.


Calligraphy is a new hobby. My handwriting in old-style ink sucks. But I can spend hours just writing Hi or Hello and then frown at how my writing doesn’t look any close to that in the Venetian wedding invitation’s. My calligraphy things are all from The Craft Central, and I’ve yet to try buying from Craft Carrot and @swirlsandstrokesph.

  1. Ink – Black India (Black) and Walnut Ink (Brown) for basics. Colored drawing inks (Green and Rose).
  2. Nibs – I currently have 6 though I mostly use the Hiro 41 nib and Nikko G. Others include Manuscript Leonardt 300, Hunt 99, Hunt 103, and Esterbrook 354.

  1. Zig Calligraphy Pen 1.0 and 3.0
  2. Sakura Micron 0.5
  3. Sakura Pigma Brush – foolproof, though I normally choose to just use a regular paintbrush with black paint.



  • Copelle Dotted Pad – bought this for maybe $7 or $8 and is my favorite sketchpad for ink, watercolor, or just about anything. I like how dotted pads look like. And this is a plus since it has perforated bookmark-ey sized sheets at the back.

  • Artwork Sketchpad – another gift from a friend. Paper is too smooth for my liking so I just use it for calligraphy practice and paint swatching.

Jotter Pad

  • Jotter Pad – cheapest favorite. It’s unlined and only Php39.25 ($0.90) for 60 sheets. I hoard whenever I see them at National Bookstore. I store my drawings from this paper in an A5 sized clearbook.

  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf 2015 Planner – almost always in my bag so I write and draw here just whenever.

  • Sketch by Clairefontaine – this one’s new. Planning to do watercolors here. Was supposed to buy a Rhodia pad but they didn’t have an A4 sized one in stock at that time so I went for this one instead.


  1. Peerless Watercolor – I’ve been eyeing this thing since I saw it at ArtWhale. And it’s almost always out of stock.
  2. Sakura Koi Watercolor – need I say more?
  3. Kuretake Zig Calligraphy Pens 
  4. Zig Cocolro Pen Body and Refills – because they’re cute. And so much colors to choose from.
  5. Rhodia Dotted and Unlined Pad – Fully Booked, I’m coming for you.
  6. Brushes – I need new ones.
  7. Nibs – I’m still off to discover the magical nib that would make my handwriting look 100x better.

So that’s it. This is just about 10% of the things I have because 1. I shop more at bookstores than I do at clothing stores. And 2. I can get cray when I see pretty packaging or sale or buy 1 take 1s. The next thing I know, my wallet is crying and I’m at home with 10s of notebooks and pens I probably won’t be using anytime soon.

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