I'm often asked what creative tools I take with me when I travel. When we are away for a longer period of time I take my pochade but if we're just heading out for a day or two I take this little kit with me...a 3.5x5 inch moleskin, a mechanical pencil (so no sharpener is required, it also has a small eraser on the end which can be replaced), an ultra fine sharpie pen (which doesn't bleed through the back of the page, I've tried Micron pens but they don't seem to last too long with me), a watercolour travel set (Cotman Sketchers' Pocket Box which for years I have re-filled with Winsor & Newton watercolours), elephant sponge (for texture and also to wipe of the brush) and Holbein water brush (so that I don't require a separate water dish). And it all fits neatly into this little bag from Indigo/Chapters (I used to just set everything in my purse or carry bag but this is so much simpler).
I love the fact that this watercolour set has been with me for twenty-five years so every time I open it I am filled with great memories. The best thing I learned over time was to place a few drops of water into each dried colour so that the paint is moist and ready to use once I've completed my sketch. I also like the fact that I can bring it into restaurants where salt and napkins are plentiful for pattern and texture, on hikes since it is so lightweight, and even to draw and paint while we drive since it is so compact. Just bringing it along encourages creativity.
AIRdirondack Art Project