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Materials | This is What You Need

Hey Tribe, welcome to this course. Let’s get you set up for success, by using the right materials. 

Even though the 9-Field Structure can be used 100% digital, it is good to learn the basic using good ol’ fashioned pen & paper.

Below this video you’ll find the detailed list of materials.

In the past we send the material kit to students. After a few years I found out most students end up using their own gear. 

For in-company trainings we still send in the material set, so everybody starts of using the same equipment.

List of Materials

Here are my daily drivers, from top to bottom:

Sharpie – Classic permanent marker, black

BIC Ballpoint pen – M10 Original, black or blue

Stabilo Boss – Highlighter in pink. Or any other solid, dark color.
Avoid the light neon yellow and orange, as others can’t see it well.

Papermate Flair – 0.7 mm, black (yes, in the video I said 1 mm. Now that I see the box I’m gonna go with what it says on the box. 0.7 mm) 😜

When it comes to colors, this is what I have:

Neuland markers

Outliner – That’s the orange pen with black ink. It’s designed to not mix and bleed through the colors. Useful, right!?

The colored markers come in the size FineOne, with a brush tip. No.One, which is the medium sized ones or Big One, that’s the size you see in the photo here. 

Color codes are: 500 (yellow), 305 (Ocean blue/green), 200 (red) and 401 (Light green).


Go for easy, use printer paper where it is available. That’s what I did for years. When at a client’s office I used asked them to give me a bunch from the nearby printer. 

Now that I’m ordering online go for 90 grams/m^2 . Why? Because it’s sturdy, thick and useful without feeling like you have 2 sheets of paper in your hand.

I use white paper because it’s cheap and easy to get. I use brown paper mostly for client work, because it’s useful and stands out.

Notebooks or Sketchbooks

What to look for when getting a sketchbook?

Go for something that size-wise fits your bag and daily needs. For me that’s paper sized. For one of my students it’s A3 (double paper sized) so she has a big enough canvas. 

Next is thickness. Go for thick pages and test writing on it. You don’t want your scribbles to press through onto the next page. Also make sure your ink doesn’t bleed onto the page below it. 

 I have this sketch book made from Kraft or Brown paper. Really cool, especially when you use the white marker on it. 😎

My most recent purchase was a Leuchtturm 1917 | 150 g/m^2 square sketch book. 
It has thick white pages that don’t press or bleed through on the next page. 

I use these books for journaling. For daily work I use loose pages on a clipboard. That way I can put them together in a folder, per project I’m working on.


If you wanna go fancy, like I sometimes like to do, go for a white marker. 

Molotow One4All – White pump action 1 mm. A Diva like pen, as it’s quickly blots, dries out and leaks a whole bunch of acrylic paint out of the tip. But, used well, the effects are awesome.

To fix paper on the wall, and give you that overview, use masking tape. It’s designed to ‘let go’ of whatever you’re taping. 

In many a castle, for the team’s off-site, I had to use their special masking tape. In order to not rip the 300 year old wallpaper off. 😅

My go to brands are Tesa and 3M.

Let’s talk about whiteboard markers. Any brand will do, really. I usually go with what’s lying around at my client’s office. 

When I did buy a set, it was from Legamaster. Just because I found the label and signage so clear. Haha.


To sum it up: use what feels right for you. I’ve gathered my materials from years of just going with what was on the table and trial & error. 

If you have something you like better… Let me know!
I’d like to try out new things. 🤗

If you have a question or are looking for advice, shoot me an e-mail:  📩

Good luck and High Five! 🖐