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The Art [in] Travel

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

My younger daughter (9):

  • 2 - 3x5" mini-composition journals
  • 1 - 5x8" lined writing journal
  • 12 colored pencils
  • 2 papermate ball-point pens

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
  • 1 - pentel aqua brush
  • 1 - mini paintbrush
  • 3 - extra super fine black pitt pens (I lose pens)
  • 15 - sakura gellyrolls

Read about the art materials we took on our 3 week, 4 country european adventure.

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Reader Comments (4)

Fun supplies to play with. I was in Europe for 2 weeks and limited my supplies to a set of watercolour, an aquabrush, a fine and a medium marker (black), an HB pencil, a glue stick and a mini stapler. You can see the results in my latest ICADs.
Have a safe trip.

08.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMissKoolAid

I've just come back from a trip to Bath and i took a very limited art supply 'purse' (actually a tolietry roll) with an envelope of scrap papers and photos i fancied playing with, watercolour pencils, a few key colour marker pens and stickers but i didnt find a single second to do anything. Not a thing. We were always doing something, eating or sleeping. The only time i managed to do something creative was to draw a picture of the Roman Baths on a postcard on the last day and posted that back to myself. I think that's as good as it will get for us unless my daughter gets crafty as she gets older and wants to join in. Until then i think im going to write and draw on postcards, send them back home and use them in other ways later on.

08.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLianne

Can you believe I forgot my watercolors and brushes?

But I've got my camera!


08.4.2011 | Registered Commentergypsy

I just found your blog this afternoon, and thought I'd leave a comment! I look forward to exploring your site more. I also do art journaling, and have two daughters (mine are 6 & 9). Your post reminded me of when we travel. We must all pack our must have art supplies. :-)

03.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer LeBlanc

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