Travel is on the horizon and I want to keep up the momentum of my drawing practice so I need to take some equipment. But what to take and how to transport it? My full drawing box is a carpenters tool caddy and has a hefty weight to it. We are planning to travel on hand baggage only so weight and size are crucial.
First to decide what is the minimum that I need; firstly a pencil & a sketch book then some means of sharpening (not a knife as it won’t be allowed in hand-baggage) and an eraser and finally some coloured pencils and a blender/burnisher.
I used Jane Strother’s book ‘The Coloured Pencil Artist’s Pocket Palette‘ to help me choose which of my 100+ coloured pencils would earn it’s place to travel to foreign parts.
These are the chosen ones and I made a little test card to see the colours. At the end of the row are a blender, a burnisher, a graphite pencil (H), and an eraser pencil with a brush; all held together in a holder made by making channels in a piece of elastic – genius I thought as now they won’t roll around all over the place!
Sketch book has to be small too, so I chose an A6 hardback book with cartridge paper from Jackson’s Art Supplies.
Pencil sharpener in self seal bag as I don’t want to drop pencil shavings.
And finally a bag to put it all in. I found fabric, elastic and toggle closure in my stash and made a drawstring bag to hold it all.
I am a little worried, as my pencils are sharp, will they be allowed onto the plane? I am going to have to take a chance on that and just keep my fingers crossed that I do not look like someone who will use a pencil as a deadly weapon. But the pencils are sharp so I raided the bathroom to find a tube to slide over the pencil roll to protect the tips.
Finally, all is ready and the whole lot weighs in at 280gms
Now I just have to remember to use it when I am away…………….