Before you can decide what to take, you have to decide what type of art you want to do. Before you decide what type of art you want to do, you have to see what is feasible on this particular trip - how much time will we have - where will we work (plane, hotel, relative's house?), how much space we want to take in our suitcases.
To prepare for our trip to Pennsylvania, the kids and I spent a good bit of time deciding and gathering up what art materials and books we'll take. While I sharpened colored pencils, the girls searched for drawing journals that a sharpie wouldn't bleed through, analyzed the pros and cons of various notebooks, discovered long-forgotten projects, and selected a just-right assortment of colored pencils.
Art Materials + Books for a Week on the Road:
My older daughter (11):
- 20 colored pencils
- 6 neon gellyrolls [see All About Gellyrolls for review/details]
- 1 - 9x12" strathmore drawing journal
- 1 - 9x12" lined writing notebook
- 24 ultra-thin sharpies
- handful of papermate flair markers
- 1 - mini-pencil sharpener
- 1 - kid scissors
- Books: Fablehaven, #2, #3, #4 (Mull), Things Unseen (Clements)
My younger daughter (9):
- 2 - 3x5" mini-composition journals
- 1 - 5x8" lined writing journal
- 12 colored pencils
- 2 papermate ball-point pens
- Books: The Lost Hero, The Throne of Fire (Riordan)
Tammy's art materials:
- 1 - 5x8" sketch moleskine journal for notes and drawing
- 1 - 5x8" watercolor moleskine, half full, for drawing
- 2 - travel sets of W&N watercolor half pans [for pix of my watercolor set-up see Simplicity + Watercolors]
- 1 - pentel aqua brush [found this at a craft store; similar to the Niji Waterbrush]
- 1 - mini paintbrush
- 3 - extra super fine black pitt pens (I lose pens)
- 15 - sakura gellyrolls
- Books: Gorky Park + Polar Star (Smith), Lettering & Type (Willin), The Art Journal Workshop (Traci Bunkers)
I'm so excited that I bought rolling luggage! I've had a rolling carry-on since my corporate traveling days but it was time to invest in some checkable stuff too. After much research I got a High Sierra 25" to check-in and the Osprey Vector 22 Inch/46L Pack to carry-on. I love lots of pockets and details and they both look awesome. Unfortunately the Osprey didn't get delivered in time so I will try it next trip.
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