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In today’s post I’d like to share some tutorials to help you take your art outside :) Now the nights are getting lighter and hopefully by the time this post goes live, the weather starts to warm up, how about sketching in the garden or out and about. It’s a lot of fun and doesn’t have to attract an audience ;) Here’s some tips to make your field trips more comfortable.

How to make a travelling kit for sketching & painting

Travelling Sketching kit

Travelling Sketching kit

My Sketching kit

My sketching kit, pt 1

My sketching kit, pt 1

Sketching Outdoors

In this tutorial there are more tips about what I take with me on field trips and why.

It’s a lot of fun to sketch outside in good weather, if you are well prepared and have your kit together it doesn’t need to be hard. The less you take with you the more options you have about location and the less attention your drawing will attract. I hope you give this a try or let this inspire you to get your kit together for the warmer weather.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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If all my talk of painting has inspired you to want to try painting, not just at home but on day trips and more, here are some essentials for how to put your own travelling sketching and painting kit together;

Travelling Sketching kit

Travelling Sketching kit

You Will Need

  • Surface to create onto
  • Pencil, sharpener, eraser
  • Pens
  • Watercolours
  • Brushes
  • Something to sit on
  • Something to carry it in
  • Compact camera

Method

precisely what you put in your kit will depend upon your style of work. My kit below works for sketching, wather colour and pen and wash. Feel free to modify the contents to your own artistic style. This is a core kit to get you started.

  • Surface to work on; I use a ring bound sketch book. This means I can fold back the pages I’m not using and the hard covers mean I don’t need a board.
  • Pencil; I use a couple of Staedtler Mars 780 lead holders. One with B and the other a 2B grade of lead. The advantage of these is that there is a sharpener incorporated within the barrel, so one less piece of kit to carry.
  • Eraser; I have a small tin with a putty eraser in it. This creates no mess and does less damage to the paper surface than other kinds of erasers. Mine is a Faber Castel one.
  • Pens; Fine liners in 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7. I use a set in black and also a set in sepia depending on the style of subject/time of year. This range of nib sizes allows for fine detail up to quite dark shading. I do love the Faber Castel ones, but other brands are available ;)
  • Watercolours: The colour pallet you use will depend upon your choice of subject and time of year, If you can keep to a minimal pallet of 12-14 colours I highly recommend the Winsor and Newton Field Box. It has fold out pallets, the end cap turns into a water holder and there is a mini water bottle in there too. It also has its own (very small) brush. Perfect size to pop in your pocket and not too heavy. I love to use mine with water brushes for quick sketches, but the water pot on the end means you don’t have to carry excess kit.
  • Brushes; Depends on your style, but for minimal fuss and quick sketches I’ve found the water brushes by Pentel to be superb, they hold water within the barrel, so no need to carry extra water pot. These come in small, medium and large brush points. Kuretake also make a similar product and include a flat within their range.  Have just invested in a set of retractable sable brushes, that I will review at a later point. These are handy if you like a traditional brush but don’t want it to get damaged. I work small, A5 ish and found the most useful sizes of brush to be No; 2,4,6 and a flat. This gives me everything from fine detail to a wash brush ;)

    Pentel Water Brush set; Fine, medium and large brushes

    Pentel Water Brush set; Fine, medium and large brushes

  • Something to sit on; If you are going out especially to paint, let’s get comfy and take a chair. Those folding directors chairs are great, as they have pockets on one side to put stuff in and on the other a fold up table, ideal for putting your paints on :) If you are going out for a day trip and want the option of painting, folding foam mats available from camping shops are ideal. The mats fold up small and weigh almost nothing but are great for keeping you off the damp grass or cold concrete of a stone wall etc.
  • Camera; It’s really useful to take a small compact camera with you on sketching trips. If the light or weather change its handy to have taken a photo to refer back to if you have to cut your trip short.

Options/Added Extras

You will now need something to put all this kit into. First gather your supplies, so you know how much you want to take with you then select what you will store it in.

  • DIY stores are a great place to find empty tool boxes, these are divided and can be really useful kit holders, being plastic they are also less likely to damage if stood on damp grass for longer trips.
  • Sturdy Bag; something reasonably weather proof is a good idea, it will keep the contents more protected if the weather turn on you.

Top tips are to keep it simple, and comfortable. If something is too bulky, heavy or uncomfortable to use or carry you won’t want to use it. At a pinch..if pushed.. I could get away with a pencil, eraser,  a 0.1 pen (either colour) W&N Field box, sketch book and the three water brushes. They are all in there, so if I want the option of sketching I can just pick those and drop them in my pocket.

Links

A few ready-made options

  • Winsor and Newton Field Box
  • Winsor and Newton Travelling Sketching kit. (To be reviewed next week, I’ll add a link here after that).
  • Here’s my earlier post which details the items I’ve put into my kit 

The biggest advantage of putting together a travel kit, even if you don’t intend to travel with it! Is that it makes it so much quicker and easier to locate your favorite and essential items when you want to sketch. Don’t loose precious sketching time rummaging round the house for your sketching pens or brushes. Gather your favorite items together in a small box, you notice I say small box! If its going to leave the house with it, it doesn’t want to be the size of a car!!! Remember you’ll be carrying it to your chosen painting spot!

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’ll be showing you round my sketching kit.

My sketching kit, pt 1

My sketching kit, pt 1

 
Winsor & Newton Travel bag, folding mat to sit on and Winsor & Newton sketch book; contains 170 gsm paper. Below is the content of my travel kit.
Travelling Sketching kit

Travelling Sketching kit

Contents

I should add that I have modified the contents of the original items that come with the W&N Travel Bag. I will be reviewing the original and its contents in a later post.

  1. Single sheets of watercolour paper
  2. Winsor & Newton Field Box, so far this contains the Cotman (student range of paints) 
  3. Handmade sketchbook containing; cartridge paper and also watercolour paper
  4. Winsor and Newton Travel Bag. I have modified it from its original contents ;)
  5. Edding 1800 Profi Pen; Sepia; 0.1,0.3, 0.5, 0.7
  6. Midas Touch; Flat 50687275. Folding brush with flat end for large washes
  7. Folding water pot (came with the travel kit)
  8. Set of three Pentel Water Brushes; Fine, Medium and Large.
  9. Tin containing my putty eraser
  10. Staedtler Mars 780 Lead holder
  11. Rexel Cumberland; Derwent Graphic
  12. Faber Castell; Eco Pigment; Black; 0.1.0.3, 0.5, 0.7
  13. Colour mixing chart. I made using colours from paint box to make mixing on location much quicker
  14. Kitchen roll
  15. Scale Finder
  16. Perspective Finder
  17. Picture Finder

Reasons for my choice of content

The biggest advantage of putting together a travel kit, even if you don’t intend to travel with it, is that it makes it so much quicker and easier to locate your favorite and essential items, when you want to sketch.

What to Include?

This will depend on your style of art. My preference is for pencil and ink sketching, perhaps a little pen & wash if time allows. In the past I’ve always carried FAR too much kit and this is now the most essential items and things I actually use.

Something to draw with:

Staedtler; Mars 780 Lead Holder

Staedtler; Mars 780 Lead Holder

  • The pens I have are in black and sepia to give me options depending on the atmosphere of the sketch I’m creating.
  • Pencils; I moved over to the Staedtler Mars 780 lead holder a few years ago and for most of my sketching it is a firm favorite. You can buy leads in a variety of tones and the big advantage is that the end of the holder contains a sharpener, again saving you carrying another piece of kit.
  • Brushes: I just discovered Water brushes which I ADORE and have stopped me carrying loads of traditional brushes with me. I need a flat one, Zig do one so it’s on my wish list!!
  • Eraser: I use a putty eraser as it leaves no residue and you can form it into really sharp points if you want to erase in a small area of your work. I keep mine in a plastic bag, in a little tin. This keeps it fresh between trips and stops it drying out.

    Faber Castell Art Eraser. Stored in a tin

    Faber Castell Art Eraser. Stored in a tin

Something to draw/paint onto

Winsor & Newton, Heavy weight wire O Sketch book

Winsor & Newton, Heavy weight wire O Sketch book

  • Paper/card; I have a handmade sketch book which I could just drop in my pocket in there. I added water-colour paper and some cartridge paper so I have options. I put larger water-colour paper, should I settle  somewhere for a longer session. I love the spiral bound sketchbook by Winsor & Newton as it means I don’t have the ‘other’ page of a bound book getting in the way. I can just fold the other cover, back on itself. It also gives a firm surface to work on, so I don’t need to carry a board.

Something to paint with

Winsor & Newton Field Box (in use)

Winsor & Newton Field Box (in use)

  • Paint; I adore the Winsor and Newton Field box as it has everything I need in a really compact form.

At a pinch..if pushed.. I could get away with a pencil, a 0.1 pen (either colour) Field box, sketch book and the three water-brushes. They are all in this core kit, so if I want the option of sketching on a day trip, I can just pick those out and drop them in my pocket/or bag.

Summing up

It’s amazing how motivating it is putting together your favorite items like this. Since I put this kit together I’ve regularly got it out to sketch, not out and about, but indoors and in the garden too. Now when I’m feeling arty, I just grab this and it has all I need, together in one place.

How about making your own travelling art kit? Why loose precious sketching time rummaging round the house for your sketching pens or brushes. Gather your favorite items together in a small box, you notice I say small box! If you’re going to leave the house with it, it doesn’t want to be the size of a car!!! Remember you’ll be carrying it to your chosen painting spot! I’ll post a tutorial soon for how to put your own kit together.

So what are your essential, can’t leave home without them, art items?

Would love to see your art kits. :) I’m sooo nosy :)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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