Additional Drawing Tools and Supplies

  • Stump, tortillon (same as stump :) Dick Blick
  • Erasers - Mars or Dick Blick Plastic erasers - I cut them in half
  • Pencil sharpeners - I like 2 sizes of holes and metal insides with a case
  • ​2 oz. plastic cups for watercolor painting - Party City
  • Even better! Small Jelly jars to hold water - thank you for the idea!
  • Paint brushes - student grade Dick Blick or Michaels, Joanns  - should have pointed tips and flat.

    Favorite Glues and Tools

  • Uhu glue sticks - Dick Blick, Amazon
  • Glue dots on sheets (not rolls) Joanns, Michael's
  • Low Temp Hot Glue Guns 
  • Mats for low temp from Dollar Store 2/$1
  • ​Crop-o-dile for punching various sized holes and grommets 
  • hole punchers with various sized holes
  • fiskers scissors - kids
  • staplers 
  • ​masking tape

Betsy Mitten Studio


The Field Museum of Chicago Harris Learning Center

The Morton Arboretum, Education Department,

     Discovery Bins

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, Benedictine University

Many Nature Centers and Forest Preserves have loan materials​.

Bookmaking Books

Making Books that Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist, and Turn by Gwen Diehn

​​The Bookmaking Workshop by Ann Morris and Peter Linenthal (limted availability used through Amazon. Necklace, origami, scroll and others.  

Adventures in Bookbinding: Hand Crafting Mixed-Media Books by Jeannine Stein

Link to article on Science and Drawing

"Drawing-to-Learn: A Framework for Using Drawings to Promote Model-Based Reasoning in Biology," by Kim Quillin and Stephen Thomas. 

Bookmaking Supplies

Scrolls, Necklace, Mini books and Origami books.

Drawing and Bookmaking Workshop

March 16, 2019

Wheaton Montessori School in Conjunction with the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee

    Additional Bookmaking Materials

  • Bamboo sticks - garden supply stores. Call first - often times it's dyed green
  • Various sticks work - avoid black walnut 
  • Upholstery tacks for scroll ends - Joann's upholstery section
  • Silk cord - online and in store -  Joann's, Michaels
  • Ribbon in different widths - I find children use the thin ribbon, 1/4" the most, but it's great to a variety
  • Embellishments - buttons, feathers, beads, pony beads, sequins, pompoms, gems, etc. Micheals, JoAnns, Dick Blick, and various craft store.
  • Cancelled Stamps - have friends save stamps as well as saving your own. Rebecca reminded me that you can photocopy stamps if you are running short.
  • Maps - In addition to buying maps, I find free maps at hotels, rental car offices, available for Triple A - Automobile Association members, hotels, road side oasis info areas, airport info desks. When I have a lot of students from one area, I often color copy that portion of the map so each child has the choice of including their hometown in their map.

​Teacher Workshop Resource List

    Helpful Containers

  • Paper bowls for collecting embellishments​​
  • Veggie trays from grocery store with lid for holding embellishments
  • Plastic containers for holding larger embellishments

    Drawing and Watercolor Papers

  • Newprint - pads Dick Blick, really large sheets either Dick Blick or moving places - sold as packing material.
  • Sketch paper - Dick Blick, Amazon
  • Drawing Paper Pads, Brands - Canson, Strathmore, Dick Blick -  Dick Blick, Amazon
  •  Watercolor Paper Pads, Brands Canson, Dick Blick - the heavier the better! We used 80 lb.- Dick Blick
  • Pastel Paper Pads - Brand Canson - Dick Blick, Amazon

 Books on Drawing with Children​ 

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain by Betty Edwards

 Drawing with Children: A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too, by Mona Brookes

Drawing for Older Children & Teens, A Creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes

    Drawing Supplies, Resources

  • 4B Graphite Pencil - Dick Blick Brand
  • Ebony Pencil, Prismacolor, Dick Blick
  • Chalk Pastel pencils, 12 pkg. Derwent - Dick Blick
  • Watercolor Pencils, 12 pkg. Derwent - Dick Blick
  • Oil Pastels, Pentel and Sakura Cray-Pas, 16 & 25 pkg. Dick Blick
  • Prismacolor Pencils , 24 color pkg., Amazon, Dick Blick

    Handmade Papers - Dick Blick

  • Mulberry Paper
  • Rice Paper
  • Thai Banana Paper - most of the colored scroll paper and the beige (see scrolls to the right) are made of Thai Banana Paper.

     Additional Papers

  • Paper inserts - printer paper, graph paper, construction paper...enjoy experimenting.
  • Card stock for necklace and origami books - Staples, Michaels, Joanns, various art and office supply stores.