Several years ago the traveler’s notebook trend began, but I wasn’t paying attention. I am now, however, and have not one but two: the standard size (above) and an A5 (below). I prefer the A5 as it’s just that much wider and the notebooks stay open while I’m sketching. Yes, I did buy a bigger purse to carry my art supplies on a daily basis.
I carry this in my purse every day, and deciding what tools to bring with is a small challenge. I’ve been happy with some primary color Neocolor II crayons, a waterbrush, some primary colored pencils, and a variety of pens and graphite. Probably too much.
A traveler’s notebook is a cover with elastic bands in the fold that hold a variety of notebooks, planners, folders, etc. Once you fill up a book, swap it out for another. The standard size has a nice sketchbook, but the A5 doesn’t have as many to choose from, so I’ve decided to make my own out of sketch, multimedia, and watercolor papers.
Even though I’m carrying a notebook for writing, I’m mostly using this as a place to sketch. Having a limited, primary color palette is great fun. I seem to be more creative with limitations.
I’ve asked myself, why not just carry a sketchbook? The answer is, I like the cover, the bands, the variety of inserts I can create. I also like a smaller sketchbook that fills up quickly.
What’s next? A super cool pencil case from Japan, still on its way here.
Three fruity watercolor paintings on Arches hot press paper.
I’m experimenting with my new Caran D’Ache Luminance colored pencils. It’s so different from watercolor, so I’m starting with some tutorials where I use watercolor in the background. These are from the Virtual Instructor. I’m using a 90 lb. sketchbook, which is pretty thin, so I’m getting a lot of paper warping. Colored pencil is a totally new world, and although I’m kind of intimidated by it, it’s really versatile and intriguing.