I thought I would share with you what I have packed in my sketch kit for our big trip and then when I get back from my trip I will share with you the things that did not work and what I did not use! No doubt along the way I will babble here and share what is working.
So this is a photograph of what I am taking. Let me describe it in more detail.
I am taking 2 Daler Rowney sketchbooks of 150 gsm cartridge paper, that are bound in landscape format. This will be either a delight or a curse I am not sure yet, as being landscape they open out quite large and working with them in cramped space might be a problem but I do like the size. A page measures 27 cm (10 half inches) by 21.5 cms (8 and a half inches) I like a bit of elbow room as I was taught to draw from the shoulder a smaller book feels a bit frustrating at times. I am taking 2 as my regular journal/studio journal activity chews through a sketchbook in about 6 weeks. I will be away 9 weeks so I figure since I have just started one of the books on September first, I will go through 2 sketchbooks.
In the pencils rolls I have a set of Derwent water-colour pencils which as you can see are not new. When out and about, I can use these, then when home or in this case when back to where we are staying, I can add water.
I also treated myself to a set of their new Inktense pencils. I have done a few swatch tests but as yet have not really used them. When I tested them, I loved the intensity of colour in this product line so I will let you know what I think of them. Both sets are carried in pencil rolls to protect them as too much banging about can break the leads.
I will carry a set of watercolour paints in field box which I have used for years. Next in plastic carry pack which is made to be able to show airport security what bathroom items you are carrying. In it, I have some water soluble graphite pencils, a small spritzer, 4 water brushes, ( I am a glutton for brushes) and a small plastic water container. I also have, a few sheets of kitchen towels, tissues and hand wipes to help with clean up. These I will replace as I run out.
I may add some regular brushes as I will have some evenings to play in my journal too. I am still thinking about it.
Next is my drawing gear which is also held in a clear plastic carry pack. I have a set of Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens which I love. They are a set of 8 black pens with various nibs. In the clear plastic bag is bull dog clips to hold flapping pages of a sketch book in place, graphite pencils HB, 2B, 6B and woodless graphite pencils 2B, 6B, pencil extenders, pencil sharpener that catches shavings, a plastic eraser and a kneadable eraser.
In the next clear plastic airport security bag (I don’t know what I would do without these) I have scissors, tape glue sticks, double sided tape, washi tape, and small knife. This bag will get packed in my luggage that goes in the hold as taking on the plane with me will not be allowed. Basically I grouped all glueing and cutting materials together in this bag and I will probably use it of an evening when back at where I am staying rather than carting this stuff around with me all the time. I also have a small packet of paper ephemera which may get added.
A trip to a luggage store solved what bag I will carry all this stuff in as I spotted a bag that is part of a packing system meant to keep clothes in order. I thought that it could keep art gear in order. It is double sided square bag with a handle. Many of these types of packing systems don’t have a handle but this one does which means I can carry it around easily. One side holds all my gear with plenty of room to spare and the other holds the sketch book.
The lot zips up and I can carry it as is or if I am out for the day it fits easily into my small back pack. The weight is such that I can walk for miles without a problem. I think however I will be carrying it as it is in most places. It is like carrying a very small suit case or large handbag. Hey there is even extra space to stuff some shopping in!