... or three if we measure from going to the local airport hotel not our first international flight. So we are into the packing stage. Or, at least the choosing what to take stage. This is my tentative art kit for three months in which I intend to keep a visual journal/ design inspiration book/ scrapbook/ call it what you will book as a diary/ resource book for future textile work. I imagine working in it quickly as we spend days out and more slowly in the evenings/ on planes etc. Is there anything you think I should add? Anything I should take out?
2 A4 Moleskin sketchbooks. (My Best Quilting Buddy saved me the agony of choosing a sketchbook I would have put myself through by getting these for my birthday. They fit perfectly into Dennis' man bag. )
Plastic tube of paintbrushes*
Selection of Derwent Inktense (watersoluble) pencils in one pencil case
Set of Koh-I-Noor water colours. Smaller (very handbag sized) set of Windsor and Newton Watercolours my Mum bought me to travel with.
2 sets of Koh-I-Noor water based dyes for pages washes etc
I small container for water
3 small metallic crayons
Glue stick and small roll of sellotape
Craft Knife and corner of old cutting board 6" x 9"
Pencil case containing selection of sketching pencils, pencil sharpener, three metallic pens and putty eraser.
Second pencil case containing 4 sepia pens ( different width nibs) half a dozen black sketching pens a china marker and two charcoal pencils
I would like to take my tin of neocolour crayons but I fear they weigh too much.
* I actually have two of these because I bought one specially to travel and put all my brushes in it then lost it. I tried the three time-tested ways of finding it:
1. Ask Pam our cleaner to find it. This was the first time ever she has failed at that task.
2. Rip the house apart. Nada.
3. Buy a new set. Yup. Found the old one today - in the drawer where I keep it but in my defence it was wedged right at the back in the couple of inches which does not pull past the sides of the drawers so it was hidden.