What I used of my Travel sketch kit on my trip

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.

Travel journal I used on my tripFirstly 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.

drawing equipment I used in my travel journalThis 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.

Art supplies I used in my travel journalMy 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.

Art supplies I did not use in my travel journalMy 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.


More Drawing in the British Museum

I have 2 page spreads of my travel journal to share as I did some more drawings at the British Museum.  Jerry wanted to see the London to Brighton veteran car rally and I didn’t. So he hired a car and followed the rally while I toddled off to the museum to draw. We both had blissful days. No doubt he will share some (not so boring) photos of cars soon.

Egyptian sculpture in the British MuseumClick on the image to see a larger version.

This statue with the head of a lioness is Sekhmet, who is an ancient Egyptian goddess associated with destruction. Her name means ‘she who is powerful’. It comes from Thebes and is dated around 1350 BC, making it over 3,000 years old. You can read more about the sculpture on the British Museum website

Here is the page spread in my travel journal.

Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum in travel journal

The next drawing was done the following day in Room 1 which contains an exhibition about the Age of Enlightenment a time where collections, classification and observation of the world enabled people to understand the world in new ways. In one of the cabinets a small figure attracted me.  It was a few inches high and described as a figurine.

Egyptian sculpture in the British MuseumClick on the image to see a larger version.

Egyptian sculpture in the British Museum in travel journalOn this page spread of my travel journal I have edged the pages with strips of a map. It was a free map of the bus routes and I simple cut it up and glued it to the pages. I also had a postage stamp left over after writing postcards – so I added it to the page.

These drawings also fill the EDM drawing challenge 38 “Draw at a Museum”

For more information about this drawing challenge look under the tab at the top of the screen titled EDM Drawing Challenge. The  challenge also has  a yahoo group, a flickr group and Facebook page.


Drawing in the British Museum

I have a small sketch to share of a statue of the boy King Ramsses II. If you click on the image you can see the a larger version.

sketch of statueI love the British Museum as there is so much there and to be honest I felt a little spoilt for things to draw!.

page spread of travel journal This is my travel journal page spread. While at the Museum I visited the Sutton Hoo gallery and found the helmet very dramatic so purchased the postcard in the gallery shop!

photo drawingAt the time, Jerry took a photo of me drawing. I think I look a funny lady drawing

Drawing at the Alyscamps Arles

The midgies were biting the afternoon we went for a walk a little way out of the old town Arles to the Alyscamps. In Roman cities roads just outside a city were often lined with tombs and mausoleums as burials inside the city limits were forbidden. At Arles the Alyscamps was the main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years.

sketch at ArlesNow I know a visit to an ancient cemetery sounds a bit grim but it is basically a walk down a corridor of trees. The road is edged on both sides by sarcophagi and there are also a couple of chapels. The Alyscamps is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments group so it is worth exploring.

I stopped at one of the chapels to draw. As regular readers may spot I am using a smaller sketchbook. This is because my last travel journal, the large landscape format one is full. So this is the third notebook this trip. Anyway as I said the midges were biting and I have to admit my focus was not as good as could have been. That said I hope people enjoy seeing it.

Sharon at Alyscamps, Arles, France