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.