Thursday, 26 July 2012

My Travel Kit with Gatecrashers....

Not quite pen and ink for The Artist's Play Room this week
I have pens in there and they have ink in them right
so I am making use of the whole close enough is good enough concept

I used to use quills and ink bottles
but for the chronically uncoordinated
the idea of open ink bottles in a studio with carpet on the floor
is so stress inducing that I avoided using them
and don't get me started on how many times I stabbed myself
putting those fiddly bloody nibs in the holder
and then there is the splotching, drips, and running out of ink half way through a line
 and black fingers
or green or blue fingers
and the need for bandaids
basically it was a whole saga

I do apologise to the purists
and yes I love all the bottles and things
and have quite the collection
but I tend to use ink with brushes... 
partly because I never get cuts on my fingers from using brushes
but also for some odd reason I never spill paint

Of course on meeting Sakura Microns
 I am afraid the love/hate thing I had going with pen and ink 
tipped over into the distant memory category
these puppies never splotch or injure... they are just so dependable

So this painting is of my travel kit... no clue why I have pencils in there
because I never take pencils
because then you need erasers, sharpeners etc
and the watercolour pencils rarely put in an appearance for the same reason
plus the watercolour wheel is so much easier to use
but with out them it all would have been a bit boring looking
so not really my travel kit, but travel kit with gatecrashers

The main thing is all my favourites are covered
Microns, the watercolour wheel that I use every single day
whether on the road or not
waterwell brush thingy, and a couple of favourite sketchbooks
those few things and I am set no matter where I am
well set if I also have chocolate, and tea
and I considered throwing in a couple of teabags and chocolate wrappers
but figured you could all do with a rest from them...xx

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Anonymous said...

excellent, you travel relatively light compared to some, I travel lightly as well, just what I need , no more no less, beautiful work you do!!

Jennifer McLean said...

That TOTALLY counts as ink paper and pen. I mean, hey, I see paper and pens and well, you used ink to MAKE the art, right?? Ya, that totally counts!!

Much love,

(I'll go add you to the wrap up now!)

Jennifer McLean said...

OH, I forgot to ask, how was the chocolate tea??

Carolyn Dube said...

You have things in your travel case you don't use? That makes me feel better since I have so much in my travel case that I don't use- but chocolate and tea I would use...

Neesie said...

Thanks I need a travel case too! :$
But I'm worried if Mr Mojo sees a travel pack he might decide it's time to move on again...he's only just back after 12 years so I'm a little nervous.
I'm so glad to read your good enough concept, because I think mine will be so lose it'll be falling apart ;o

Love your entry! All our favourites highlighted. :D

Alice said...

i always love your work, tracey! travel case? hmmmm, i need to do this!

Serena Lewis said...

It counts as pens, ink and paper to me too!! Great sketch, Tracey! I also have a collection of nibs and dip pens with the Speedball India ink and I've hardly used them. Mostly because they terrify day, I swear I will step outside of my comfort zone and play. I too dread the thought of ink spillage. Like you, I'm a huge fan of Microns and I also love the Faber-Castell Artists PITT pens.

Have a lovely Thursday! xo

TwinkleToes2day said...

What a brilliant picture full of ink, pens and of course the paper :) I giggled at the 'fiddly bloody nibs' bit you wrote :D Your postings are always such fun! :0)

VonnyK said...

My travel case is a book and pencil with a rubber on the end, now that's light! When I was in primary school in England, we used fountain pens and I used to stab myself too and always had blue fingers. When we came to Australia (the penal colony) we were only allowed to use pencils (probably for safety). Love your picture, as always, it has everything I love in it.

By the way, sorry I can't cook tea for you, I would probably give you all food poisoning, with my cooking :)

Unknown said...

What a FUN travel kit! now you've made me want one too...

Jez said...

Love the painting and the post. I also travel even lighter - with a couple of Pitt Permanent ink pens and a small sketchbook or a few small pieces of paper attached to a card - it all depends on the size of the handbag. Have to admit, of course, that I don't travel far these days! Oh, and of course I have my beloved I-Phone with the painting and drawing apps, and this definitely doesn't spill or stab me in the finger! Always have a smile at your posts, and enjoy the fantastic sketches.

Gloria j Zucaro said...

Love your travel kit, but it really did need some tea and chocolate. Then I hopped over to see your other two links...I couldn't figure out the peas and heart part by just looking at the teapot drawing, so went to the actual post. Generous friend you have there! As for the chocolate tea...I don't know if I would ever try it! I am a coffee drinker, and I only have one cup of 100% Columbian brewed coffee every morning. You can not induced me to have one of those silly "flavored" coffees like Hazelnut or whatever!

Sandra Busby said...

I'm often so overwhelmed by my travel kit that I simply don't use it! So recently I had a good old sort out and narrowed it down to a pencil a pen, a putty rubber and a Moleskin! But then I have my proper sketching kit for proper sketching trips - that has all of the stuff that has gate crashed your fabulous drawings in! Any update on the chocolate tea? Have you tasted it yet:0)

SandeeNC said...

lol, I was wondering how gate crashers was going to fit into this, poor pencils and watercolor brush feel neglected and had to work their way into your sketch! I love my micron pens too though and have to admit that I use pens way more than pencils! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

pauline said...

oh Tracey, you always crack me up. I love the idea of chocolate and tea in your travel kit. LOL.
"the need for bandaids".... HAHAHAHHAHA!!!
Beautiful artwork, as always. You're such an inspiration... xox

Unknown said...

I love your sketch! I haven't used nibs and ink pens for years and years .... I don't even know where I might find them! I love my microns too ... I guess they're hi-tech compared to the old style

Rhonda said...

Love your sketch! My travel kit is crammed full of stuff! I used to use pens with nibs but couldn't stand the skipping and splashing of ink. Not to mention spilling the ink!

Maria Ontiveros said...

This looks very much like my travel kit. But I"m happy to be home and unrestricted again.

Anonymous said...

Two PPF posts this week!! you have been busy! I love the travel kit illustration and funny enough I have exactly the same experience with ink versus micron pens which I mentioned in my submission to PPF Featured artist! I love Indian Ink but I hate the fear that I've loaded the pen too full and I'm going to get a massive blob instead of a tiny dot on one of my pointy pieces! Microns are a gift from the cosmos!!
My husband bought me a fantastic wee bag called an art bin which has pockets galore and two different sized plastic boxed which I can fit a load of my pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, brushes and a couple of watercolour sets. It's always packed so I can just pick it up and bring it on any of our caravanning trips (where it usually remains untouched for the entire time because we're too busy walking on beaches!!

HeARTworks said...

I always enjoy your sketches! Now I've never used nibs and quills! Patsy from
HeARTworks and

Lynn Cohen said...

OKAY you already KNOW I LOVE how you draw. Nuff said. I also Love how you write and what you write. So there!

As for me, I USE one or maybe sometimes two pens Pitt or Castell and one drawing book/art journal. Oh, and one tray of flat watercolor paints that contains two brushes, but I normally only use one #8.

HOWEVER, when I went on vacation recently I took a canvas bag with at least six outer pockets and the middle divided in two large spaces and the pockets and spaces were filled to the brim with every pen, brush, book, tube of and flat of paints and brushes that I owned. Plus a water bottle. And paper towels.

Did I use more than that first small group I mentioned above? NO! Why I felt I had to travel with that STOREHOUSE of everything I have no idea. Just thought you needed to know this.
Happy Friday creating!!!

GlorV1 said...

What a great travel kit. I always love how you put so much detail in your paintings. Excellent. Happy PPF!

Marji said...

Well I'm glad the gatecrashers made the sketch, because they do look good. I like those micro pens too. My Dad used those nibs and india ink - man, you had to be good at making up for the blotches. Happy PPF

carlarey said...

Love this! I should sketch my travel kit. Actually I have two, the purse version for waiting on my kid, and the slightly more complete travel version for when I will be gone for a few day.
Wish I could find the white watercolor wheel you use, mine is black, not so easy to see the colors you are mixing.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Love the colors and composition in this painting of your travel kit!
Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Rita said...

Beautiful, as usual! I would have black coffee and chocolate, but that does sound like a great addition to the travel kit and a tea bag or two is much more portable than a coffee thermos--LOL!
I have never poked myself with a nib, but I have spilled an ink bottle once--turquoise ink splatters all over a cream carpet and a fancy set of two drawers lined in beige suede. One ink mishap in 51 years isn't too bad, though, I guess. Ink on your fingers many take as a badge of honor--I immediately clean mine off, of course. ;)

carol l mckenna said...

More wonderful creations ~ have fun! ~~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

peggy gatto said...

Again, your art is so free and delightful!!!

Melisa said...

It looks great, but you can never have too much tea or chocolate. I've just come if from the rain to have a cup of chai and a square or two of Lindt Intense Orange Dark Chocolate. Mmmm

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

I never know what to bring when we're traveling - but watercolors help, I know that. Lovely pieces, and I don't blame you for avoiding ink. I'd love to work with ink, but with a toddler in the house it's not a good plan.

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Great minds think alike, for my travel kit looks a lot like yours. LOL! I'm in love with micron pens too. I have a Sharpie and Copic set that I've been playing with too. My old pens are mostly for display these days - LOL!

Sabina said...

Nice work--I like that you make the things you sketch (pens, utensils) somehow feel like a still life of a bouquet.

Tracy said...

It would be nice if there were a traveling case for gourds. Alas that would involve a suitcase and I really don't want one arm larger than the other! Brilliant illustration for APR. :) The ink bottle I used for mine was thankfully like liquified slug... it would take an hour to pour it out.

Natasha said...

Your travel kit is lighter than mine, though I have been working on taking less (because I never use it all), and I have a set of stuff I take in my handbag if I am going out, just in case I get some time, so maybe I have a separate everyday travel set as well!

Darla said...

Great illustration of your travel kit. I just throw a bunch of stuff in a bag which pretty much guarantees I won't have what I want when I get where I am going.

I need to get my art supplies organized!