What's in your small travel kit?
#1 May 4, 6:25 pm
What's in your small travel kit?
When I go I carry these things even if I cannot fit anything else:
journal (moleskine, usually)
faber-castell pitt pens (s, f, m)
Watercolor pencils
water brush
alphabet stamps and staz on stamp pad
glue stick

If I have more room and/or am staying a long time I may also bring:
small set of pan watercolors
watercolor block in postcard size
gel medium
gesso
a few acrylic paints
dorland's wax and a scrap of old tshirt to buff it

What do you carry with you???
Last update on May 4, 6:26 pm by Joyce Cole.
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#2 May 4, 9:08 pm
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Originally posted by: Joyce Cole

dorland's wax and a scrap of old tshirt to buff it

Joyce, what is Dorland's wax, and what do you use it for?
Last update on May 4, 9:11 pm by Gill McC.
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#3 May 4, 10:38 pm
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Joyce, what is Dorland's wax, and what do you use it for?


I found when I started using acrylic paints in my journal, the pages would sometimes stick together, and rip when i opened the page. So frustrating! I did a little research, and found a couple of journalers who recommended sealing your pages with Dorland's Wax. I think it is usually used by oil painters, but it makes a great way to seal a page.

I usually apply it at night and get up in the morning and buff it out. It works like a charm! It brings the colors out and gives a rich finish that does not stick together. It's rather like clear shoe polish, but with out the bad odor.

I think you do have to be careful what you put it over. It's fine over acrylics and india ink (which I use a lot). I have used it over paint pens, but have found that it's good to let the paint pen ink cure well first...I tried to do it right after using paint pen once and the Dorlands seemed to disolve the paint pen. I've used it over collages too and it worked great.

I have 2 journals that are mostly acrylic, and I seal the pages with wax. I will always be careful not to leave these journals in a hot car however...I imagine that would be an ugly mess.

Here's a link to Dorlands for sale at Blick
and here's a link about Dorland's at the maker's site
Last update on May 4, 10:39 pm by Joyce Cole.
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#4 May 8, 8:01 am
my travel kit
I just uploaded a picture of the kit I am currently carrying in my bag and the one I took to my recent trip to Hong Kong and Philippines.
Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organiser, large Pentel Aquash waterbrush, Pentel Mechanical Pencil 0.5 HB, Escoda 1214 travel brushes No.10 and 6, Pilot Parallel Pen 1.5 mm with J. Herbin Rouge Caroubier ink, Sailor Sapporo EF nib with Platinum Carbon Ink, Lamy Al-Star EF nib with Platinum Carbon Ink, Winsor and Newton Bijou Box.
Left pocket holds hand made journal 14x10 cm, with Hot Press 200g Artistico watercolor paper
Right pocket holds the Bijou Box, microfiber sports towel, two small water containers (one to soak the brushes in, the other to moisture the paints), small eraser.
#5 May 21, 5:37 pm
I recently posted a blog about one of my sketching kits. I use this when I feel like using my Graphitint pencils.

Mostly though, I take a plastic see-through pencil case, with a couple of Pitt Artist pens in black, a retractable pencil, some watercolor pencils and a Pentel waterbrush. I frequently take either an old tennis wristband, or a cut-off sock cuff, to slip on my wrist for cleaning my waterbrush as I go along.
Gill
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#6 May 25, 12:56 am
For day trips, even going to the grocery store, I always carry my small Moleskine sketchbook, a micron pen, a tiny Altoids gum tin retrofitted as a small watercolor kit, and a tiny Niji waterbrush. These fit into my handbag and are at hand for notes or sketches.

When I travel away from home I add a small spray bottle with water, a film canister for water, 2 or 3 small watercolor brushes with the handles cut short, small tube of white gesso, a small gluestick, kid-sized blunt point scissors, a small bone folder, a small roll of masking or washi tape, and a pack of tissues.

I used to take way more but when I realized that I could be every bit as creative with limited supplies I stopped loading myself down with extras.

Jo
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#7 June 5, 6:45 pm
Found this youtube vid on mint tin watercolour set...
I thought this might come in handy - even making them as a 'grandkid' vacation project? or as a gift?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgcZX4pBOyI
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#8 August 19, 8:30 pm
Mine's not small enough!
..but I'm working on it!

Good to find such an interesting forum with plenty to keep me reading for a while yet. I thought I'd share my (rather huge) travel journal kit - on my blog here I really do need to work on getting it pared down some more, but hey ho... I've learned that, unless I complete the journal whilst travelling, I don't complete it at all, so I take the lot with me and leave other, less vital things (clothes?!) behind <gg>

My tip is to keep the earplugs which come in most airline amenity kits and use them for stamping, applying glue, spreading paint or whatever.... I keep finding new uses for them ;-)

Gill
Last update on August 19, 8:30 pm by Gill Thomas.
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#9 September 13, 4:40 pm
Right now, I am working on getting my kit together. We are going on a 5 day cruise in November and I want to take my kit with me. I know I will take my small book, either the spiral bound one or the moleskin one, some colored pencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. Might need a HB pencil, too. Oh and a piece of acetate for not smudges. My favorite way to travel is by cruise ship.
Debbie J
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