As I was packing for our trip I shared a photos of my sketching travel kit I had put together and promised that when I returned I would tell readers what of the art materials I packed I actually used. You may want to refresh your memory. You will in this post photos and listed the items of what I took.
Firstly for my travel journals I took 2 Daler Rowney sketchbooks of 150 gsm cartridge paper, that are landscape format. I was a little worried that I was being over ambitious as we were away 9 weeks in all. I needn’t of worried as I filled those two and went on to a third sketchbook that I purchased in Paris. It is a hard bound Canson 5.5 X 8 inch sketchbook that has 100gsm paper in it. To be honest I found this a better sketch book to use on the road. It was smaller and easier to carry about and the actual area it took up when opened out was less which meant I could write and draw in more compact spaces.
If you want to see a video of a flip through the pages of the first journal here is the link. In the next week or so I will video the other two books and share the page spreads with readers.
This is what I found I used most from my travel art kit pencils, eraser and kneedable rubber, UHU glue, stapler, small cutting knife, scissors (not in the photo) pitt pens, washi tape, bulldog clips and paper scraps. These items in the travel kit were used constantly.
My watercolour paints, water brushes and inktense pencils I used occasionally probably because they were wet media and I found that it was simple to keep to dry media while out and about. It was more convenient to work without water.
My watercolour pencils I did not use at all. I also took a stencil knife and cutting board as I am usually a little more careful when cutting out images but I found at the end of a day tired after being out and about I took short cuts and resorted to scissors.
What I have learnt and what I will take in a travel art kit in future
If I was going to be away for only 2-3 weeks I would simply pack dry materials like pencils. The inktense pencils were new and I really did not know quite how they would behave and respond to the paper I was using. I like them but I wanted more muck about time with them. So in future particularly for a short trip I would take media I was familiar.
For longer trips it is a slightly different story as you can get tired of using the same media again and again. On a longer trip of over a month, I would take watercolours again as after about 6 weeks I felt a real urge to use other media. On this trip as with any trip the time of year and the places we were at influenced what media I used. I did a lot of drawings in Museums where wet media is not permitted but dry media is.
Earlier in our trip in France I could have used them outside but to be honest at the start of the trip I was a little shy of drawing in public. It would have felt a little pretentious to pull out a painting kit in public. It is after all just a journal. I did slowly lose my shyness but it did influence what I used. Somehow a pencil feels much less of threat.
Towards the end of the trip I was in the UK and the weather kept me in the museums and galleries rather than out in the parks. Both sound like excuses which they are not. Many people find it hard to write a travel journal let alone draw in it too so I am happy with what I have done. But that is another topic. It is enough to say that in future depending on location and time of year on a longer trip I would take the watercolours and probably get more use out of them.
I hope readers have found this useful. Coming up I will share some of the items I purchased on the trip and videos of the other two journals.