|Here's my travel journal and my pencil case, out on the sidewalk and ready to go. Except I think I should do up that zipper first.|
And here are the contents of my travel supply kit:
|All lined up, with my travel journal in the background.|
- Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens in fine and super-fine - I have the medium and brush versions as well, but the fine and the super-fine are the ones I reach for most. These are my favourite pens for drawing and sketching.
- Watercolour pencils (not shown) + water brush - This is probably the most portable way of using watercolours. The pencils can fit into any pencil case, and you can keep your water brush filled with water so that you can use it at any time without having to worry about carrying water separately. I currently use Lyra Rembrandt Aquarell watercolour pencils and a Pentel Aquash water brush.
- Uni-ball Signo Broad white gel pen - The best white pen ever. I use it for writing on dark paper, doodling, and adding white highlights to watercolour sketches.
- Sakura Gelly Rolls in black, yellow, and lime green - These are great dependable craft pens. As with the Uni-ball Signo, I use them primarily for doodling and adding highlights of colour. These are probably the three colours that I use the most.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliners (not shown) - Great for sketching and writing, and I also love the case that they come in. Unlike the Pitt Artist Pens, these ones aren't waterproof, so I can't use my watercolours over them (unless, of course, I want that kind of effect). I originally bought the set of ten, but have long since customized it by adding in my favourite non-standard colours.
- Mechanical pencil + eraser + spare leads - Although I am starting to use wooden pencils more often, I decided to bring just one mechanical pencil with me on this trip. Since I'm not too fussy about mechanical pencils, it's just my 0.5mm Pentel Fiesta, and I'm also including a Pentel Hi-Polymer eraser and Pentel Hi-Polymer leads (not shown).
- Small glue stick - UHU glue, my favourite, for collage.
- Small pair of scissors - These originally came out of my dissection kit from university - but they were the only small scissors I had.
- 15 cm ruler - Just in case I need a straight-edge or want to measure something.
- Pencil sharpener.
- Binder clips - For holding the pages of my journal together if I'm using it outside on a windy day.
- Small envelope of collage items - I probably won't doing much collage in this journal and, if I do, the items I use for it will probably be ephemera that I collect on my trip. But I did bring along some extra paper scraps - just in case.
|Here's what everything looks like in the case, with my sets of watercolour pencils and Steadtler Triplus Fineliners shown on the left. I put those on top of everything else when the case is closed. It's a perfect fit.|