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Hey friends, Katie here! I love Caylee’s work so I am definitely glad to be guest posting here on her blog! I wanted to share with you my favorite art supplies to take with me when I am traveling.

Now, I’ve never been good at creating while traveling. In the past, I’ve packed supplies to take with me on trips, but they never leave their bag. I even wrote a blog post about how much I suck at it.

I’ve been trying to change that though, because I love the idea of having a travel journal and creating on the go.

I recently took a 3 week trip to Colorado, brought along my art journal and successfully worked in it! I think that was because I stayed in the same place for 3 weeks, rather than traveling around, you know? I hate getting interrupted when I’m creating. I’m still going to call it a win though!

Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go!

During my most recent trip I packed a small kit that I could use. It wasn’t a lot of supplies, I wanted to keep it simple (when you decide to hike up a mountain and then sketch, simple is good). That’s not for everyone, I know some people pack basically their whole studio. They rock. I can’t do that, so here are my favorite supplies to take with me:

Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go!

Journals:

  • Moleskine Watercolor Sketchbook
  • Art Journal (usually with pages prepped with gesso)

Tools to Write with:

  • Drawing pencils + kneaded rubber eraser
  • A black Sharpie
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens
  • Fine Point Pens

Tools to Glue with:

  • Glue runner
  • Glue stick

Tools to Color with:

  • Watercolor pan set by Cotman
  • Colored Pencils

Other Tools:

  • Instax camera
  • Extra paint brushes
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ephemera I pick up while traveling.
  • Coloring Book (To color in, but I also cut out some of the designs to use in my journal.)

Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go!

I told you I kept things simple! What I like about simple is that I can quickly put away my supplies and come back to it later, that I don’t mind the risk of getting interrupted.

I highly recommend having a small kit to take with you! I kept all of this in a small-ish sized container that fit in my carry-on.

My style has a very doodle-y look to it, so all I really need to take with me are things to draw with.

I really enjoyed taking my art journal with me on my last trip. There is just something magical about sitting out in nature and journaling out your feelings through art.

Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go! Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go! Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go! Art journaling on the go - Katie Smith shares her top “go-to” supplies and tips for art journaling and creating on the go!

What about you? Do you create while you’re traveling or do you really consider it a vacation from everything- including art?

Guest Post by Katie

Katie

Katie is an artist and crafter. She shares her work on her blog, Punk Projects, which consists of everything from art journals and scrapbook layouts to DIY projects. Katie has been published in multiple magazines including Creating Keepsakes, Stitch Craft Create as well as craft books such as Star Trek Crafts and Craft it Now.

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