Travelling Artist

One of the best things about my trip to Iceland was being able to spend time making artwork every single day. Today I'm sharing a little bit about how I make art while traveling! 

Going to Iceland was the first big trip I've been on in a long time. I don't know why I've never done this on trips before, but this time around I decided to focus on making art while I was travelling. I am so glad that I did, because it ended up being my favourite part of the trip. Stopping and observing nature and being alone to do some painting was absolutely blissful. 

While I was travelling I posted a lot of the artwork that I made on Instagram, and a fellow artist commented on one of my posts asking me how I travel with my art supplies, so I figured I would share the info in a blog post. It probably varies depending on what kind of art you make, but I found travelling with art supplies to be surprisingly easy. Here's what I brought:

  • one small sketchbook, which I used when I didn't have the time to use wet media
  • two larger pads of mixed media paper (one 9" x 12", one 11" x 14") 
  • a bundle of markers
  • chalk pastels packed in a tupperware container
  • several small bottles of fluid acrylics
  • several small tubes of guache paints

I'd say the trick to travelling with art supplies is to bring small items. All the paints I brought were in small tubes or bottles, and the paper I brought was about the size of my backpack. It was really easy to park the car, toss all my supplies in my backpack, and walk out into nature to do some sketching. What I enjoyed the most about travelling with art supplies was that it forced me to use some materials that I don't use very often. I brought markers and pastels because you don't have to wait for them to dry, and I got to experiment with a bunch of different techniques while using them. I used a pillowcase to carry all my tubes of paint in (I know, very glamorous.) and it actually really came in handy, it doubled as a rag that I used to absorb excess water. Water from my water bottle was used to clean off my brushes, and as a painting medium. And the pads of paper were great because they provided a solid surface to work on. 

The only challenge I really encountered was with drying time. There were a few times where I needed to get on the move before my paintings were completely dry. I would usually just tuck them back inside my pad of paper and hope for the best. This actually ended up producing a really cool effect, sometimes the paint would shift around and create some unplanned marks. I always love the unplanned marks. 

The one thing I will do differently next trip will be to bring more supplies! I didn't have tons of space so I only brought a limited range of colours. Next time it's going to be less clothes and more paint. 

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