|My current kit for sketch outings and travel|
A little bit has changed since I last blogged about my kit. While I do like having a series of 4x6" sketches of my travels, I really do like having everything bound in a sketchbook better. My current sketchbook of choice is the Global Arts Handbook Drawing Book (Travelogue Series), in the large portrait size (5.5x8.5"). For relatively thin paper, it holds up to even the wettest watercolor washes quite well, and never bleeds through. There is a tiny bit of wave to the paper, but the elastic closure helps flatten the pages out. The book has lots of pages and this helps me feel comfortable in it, freeing me to play. I stay away from books of actual 140lb watercolor paper for this reason.
My palette has been upgraded from the Altoids tin. I purchased an empty Schmincke tin from Sarnoff's, but I think they can also be purchased online. I like that some of my most-used colors are full pans, yet I can also fill the pallet with several half-pan colors too. It's nice that it has the fold-out mixing area.
I've upgraded my brushes too. My favorite is the Black Velvet Voyage brush by Silver Brush. I love the blend of synthetic and squirrel hairs, I really love how it handles watercolor. I have two brushes in my kit, size 8 and size 2. My gripe with the all-synthetic brush I used to travel with (DaVinci Cosmotop) is that synthetic hairs tend to dump water too quickly onto the paper. This has been my experience, anyway. The Silver Black Velvet brush is my go-to brush at home, too.
|My sketch outing and travel kit|
I include a pencil because I like to start a drawing by blocking out the basic shapes or angles when I am struggling with perspective or composition. I also have a kneaded erasure in one well of a compact lens case. (The other well contains white gouache for any highlights I need to add).
A mini-mister spray bottle is great for moistening my paints before using them, and keeping them moist. I live and sketch in a dry climate and this is a necessity for me.
To always have water handy I have a 2 oz Nalgene wide-mouth cup & lid. All of this fits into an XS Eagle Creek Pack-it Sac.
|My purse kit is very minimal|
I have a little water brush, a Pentel Aquash Compact. A piece of paper towel to wipe the brush on, and a Sharpie Pen completes the kit.
I hope this helps!
|My purse kit|