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Art Kit Essentials- Our Top 10 Lists!

An art kit is essential for many in this industry. Depending on your role and project, your art kit can vary in items. A Set Dresser's kit might look different from a Prop Fabricator's, and your needs on a film set might differ from your needs on a event site. Kits are ever-changing!

For those starting out, this can seem bit overwhelming. What are the basics? Do I need power tools? What kind of bag should I use?

Don't fret! Building your art kit isn't as scary as it seems. Think of it as your office/desk supplies. These are essential tools you need your work, and you might collect more things as time goes by.

Let's start with the basics!

No matter what your role is, it's a good idea to have some basic essentials that are always needed. These are simple, everyday items.

  • Pens/pencils

  • Sharpie markers (different thicknesses)

  • Ruler

  • Notebook

  • Sketchbook

  • Highlighters

It's important to note that everyone's kit looks different and your kit will also change/evolve over projects. To help give you some ideas, here are our Top 10 Kit Items:

*Links are suggestions/examples

Brandi's Top 10 Kit Items

Jamie's Top 10 Kit Items

We also asked some of our industry colleague about what's in their personal kits as well! Take a look at some of their top 10 items:

Tony Lindas- Prop Master/Fabricator

Cassie Lopez- Set Decorator

Art kits can vary in size based on needs. Everyone has a preference on what they use to carry/store their supplies. Here are some examples:

*Pictures are clickable links

Hip Pouch

Tool Bag

Rolling Bag


We hope this helped give you a better understanding of art kits and some great suggestions for your own.

We'd love to know what you have in your kit! Comment and tell us your top "must-have" items!


Here are some LA-based Expendable Shops where you can browse and find more art kit supplies:

Hollywood Expendables




Studio Depot

Film Tools (Temporary Location)

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