I will be heading off to France to lead a watercolour workshop in a few weeks and I am setting out my art gear to decide what to take. In the past, I have found packing light with my art gear is a good rule to follow. Lugging around cumbersome art bags and art gear takes the fun out of en plein air unless there are some cute French guys to carry my art gear for me :)
I've posted a few photos of what I will take.
I will take a palette of 18 colours, put the tubes in a zip lock baggy and in my carry-on backpack ( in place of toothpaste and shampoo which I can buy in France). My brushes will also go in my back pack as well as a Arches wc block and some wc sandwiches. I divide a full sheet of Arches into smaller pieces ( 1/4 and 1/8 sheets), then sandwich them in an old cover from a wc block that I have. Bulldog clip this together and I have my paper, a backer to clip a sheet to to paint, and a place to store my finished paintings safely.
My palette of colours: ( All Winsor & Newton artist grade unless specified) Raw Sienna, New Gamboge, Winsor Yellow, Scarlet Lake, Winsor Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue RS, Winsor Blue RS, French Ultramarine, Cobalt, Burnt Sienna, Vandyk brown, Indigo (Holbein), Winsor Green, Hookers Green ( Graham), Quinacridon Gold, and Turguoise (Graham).
I use my Art Bin to carry my pencils ( HB), erasers, pensil sharpener, small natural sponge, and my Pigma pens.
I use Sakura Pigma pens size 01 and 03, waterproof and archival ink for my sketches. Then I can put watercolour over top. If you use a brush tube (pictured at top) try to secure your brushes so they don't jossle around in the tube. It can make a mess out of the brush heads and break hairs.
For my carry on backpack, I put in my Art Bin with brushes etc, my tubes of paint in a ziplock bag, my arches wc block and my small wc sandwich, water containers, small water bottle EMPTY, masking tape, moleskin sketch book, and my personal stuff plus passport , money , camera etc.
My palette full of paint goes in a sealed plastic baggy and in my checked suitcase, along with my larger wc sandwiches, W&N Bristol wc easel and folding tripod stool. And a few clothes if Im lucky to have some room left!
So that's my travel art gear. I will also take my ipad mini. Keep you updated on the upcoming painting trip.