Inspired by…creativity to go

Blogtoberfest ~ day 25

Creativity on the road.

I am not sure about you, but I like to have my art supplies with me at all times.What better time to paint and play then when on vacation.

My husband has had a few issues with this over the years. My sewing machine has travelled with us cross country on many excursions.Large canvases have been brought onto airlines. Shoes and clothing have been sacrificed for needed space for supplies, all in the name of art. My paint has only exploded in our suitcase once. I am still apologizing for that one…
I now have my own pretty flower covered suitcase.

My husbands only payback is the joy he receives as he watches my scissors get confiscated every time I go through security. For your interest, this rule also applies to exacto knives. I will learn eventually…

travel kit

creativity to go

  • black fine line markers
  • assortment of papers/watercolor papers for journaling
  • matte medium for collage and paint
  • stabilo woody in black and white
  • favorite Lamy roller and calligraphy pen
  • assortment of pencils, eraser and sharpener
  • white paint sharpie
  • exacto knife and scissors
  • pencil crayons
  • 1oz bottles of acrylic paint. I refill these as needed. Store in heavy duty ziplock!
  • watercolor paints
  • assortment of brushes and mark makers
  • stabilo pastel pencils
  • empty squeeze bottles – not sure why I put them in here? I use them with nibs and Indian ink – definitely NOT going in my suitcase!


My new favorite find! Plastic pill boxes. These are great for small amounts of watercolor or acrylic paint.I also picked up a small spray bottle. All found at the dollar store.
art portfolio
A little portfolio to carry it all. Also found at the dollar store.

Other useful items I have found come in handy

  • ziplock bags for storage, organization and general tidiness
  • a carry all bag to keep supplies together and for transport from house to beach
  • wax paper for use as a palette for paints, as an underlay for work, to protect not so dry pages …(also good for texture..more on that later)
  • small yogurt containors with lids for water or mixing paint.
  • a small water bottle for water –  for paints
  • a chilled bottle of Corona with a lime also does the trick.

I would love to hear what your favorite go to art supplies are for creativity on the go.. Any tips or tricks you have discovered? Compact products you love for storage and transport? Anything that makes art accessible all the time:)

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11 thoughts on “Inspired by…creativity to go

  1. Thanks so much for this Julie….one thing I have trouble with is logical organisation….I have a ways to go until I come to the U.S to teach next year but I set an intention to start looking for ideas on how to pack all of the art supplies I will need to travel with….you seem to have it down to a fine art….Mind if I hang that pic on my inspiration wall?
    hugs Tracy x

    • I have been working on this one for a while now, but still dont have it down! I forgot watercolor crayons this time.We travel lots so I am also trying to fine tune this…more to come (ie…my new found paper rolls..will blog about soon)! Please feel free to post!

  2. I love reading your blog posts, it was fun to read this one (o: Love seeing people’s art suppiles to and what goes into creating their unique pieces, thankyou, enjoy the rest of your holiday Liza xxx

  3. Loved this peak into your art supplies to go! That is so cute about your husband–he must be very patient and understanding 🙂 I always travel with an art journal and pencil set. Last time I took a long trip, I brought some paints and pens too. I also put some gesso into a shampoo bottle to make collages out of papers/ephemera found along the way.
    Great post, thank you for sharing!!

  4. What a great post! I too bring all of my supplies with me everywhere I go! Thankfuly jewelry tools less than 7″ can travel! Odd, but it works for me! I did laugh out loud when I read that your hubby gets a kick out of your scissors being confiscated! Too funny! Thanks and have a great day! Kris

  5. Wow, the pill container idea is great. I will have to try it out. Thanks for sharing your list. I don’t usually travel with a bunch of supplies. If anything, just a sketchbook and black pens. I’m trying to get better about taking my art with me where ever I go.

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