Packing light is every artist’s nightmare. Whether you’re painting in plein air or planning an urban sketching tour it can be a little over whelming when it comes to narrowing down the essentials for a trip. With your studio host to hundreds of materials at your finger tips where do you begin. We asked our staff artists about their must have materials and their top tips and techniques for taking your practice on the go.
ART PROFESSIONAL WATERCOLOUR QUARTER PAN & BRUSH – WITH TRAVEL POUCH
The Art Professional quarter pan Water colour Set from Art contains 18 pans of artist grade water colours in a handy case that is no bigger than a smart phone – ideal for when you are out and about. This set offers range of brilliant colours designed to create perfect washes of pure transparent colour without hard edges.
PENTEL AQUASH WATERBRUSH
The easiest way to travel with water for your on the go painting. The Pentel Water Brush are the perfect for on the go water colour and ink work. The nylon brush tips with built in water containers simply fill up the handle with a small amount of water and apply directly to your palette or drawing. You can create washes by gently squeezing more water through the brush. Now you can work without the worry of spilling your water container at the top. Pentel offer a wide range of single brushes for you to create a personalised collection. If you’re looking to get started, Derwent offer a pack of three with a range of different nibs for you to experiment with.
ARTBOOKS 80 SHEETS
The Artbooks are the perfect way to protect your artwork whilst painting or sketching on the go. Wood free and they have a lightly textured surface with a magetic closure on the side – so you can pop it in your bag and not worry about it opening and the pages getting!
SAKURA PIGMA MICRON PENS
Pigma Micron fine liners from Sakura are the perfect addition to your travel toolkit – permanent they can be combined with a variety of material brilliant for finishing a water colour painting or for urban on the go sketching.
DERWENT PENCIL WRAP
Pen wraps make organising your essential materials a simple process whilst saving space in your bag. The elastic tags expand to an array of different materials from brushes and pens. The range of different compartments lets you take the vital parts of your studio away with you whilst keeping your colors separate. As the wrap tightly holds your materials it also reduces the risk in transport.
LIMIT YOUR PALETTE
Reducing your palette is first trick to travelling light. A core range of colors can be used to create a spectrum of different shades. Try limiting your choice of palette to six essential pigments such Alizarin Crimson Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Terre Verde or Sap Green, Ultramarine and Titanium White. Using an artist quality paint loaded with pigment will ensure the colors don’t muddy and your hand-mixed shades will remain bold and rich in colour.
CREATE COLOUR SWATCHES
A little goes a long way where water colour is concerned so why take the whole tube. Squeeze a small blob of water colour paint directly onto a piece of thick cartridge paper or a disposable palette. Once completely dry you can re-wet the colour again and again. Leave the palette in the sun to dry so it can be reused or simply throw it away when you’re finished. This is also common practice when creating your own dot card, also offer ready made dot cards featuring a selection of super rare and exclusive pigments for you to try before purchasing the larger tubes.