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Art On The Go – A Look Inside My Travel Art Kit

Hi friends. I love to travel and find that my creative self is often inspired by the sights, sounds, & scents of the places I visit. After a full day of exploring, or even before heading out for the day on a new adventure, I enjoy spending some quiet time getting my art on.

I’m frequently asked which art supplies I take with me when I travel, so I thought it time to share a detailed post.

“Memories are the best souvenirs”

While some of the kit’s content can vary a bit, depending on my mood, travel destination, or a new art supply that I may be obsessing over, for the most part I’ve found what works for me and I stick with it.

Here is my most recent travel art kit that I put together for our recent trip to the Hawaiian Islands.

Kit Contents:

– Small Journal

I whipped up one of my own Painty Papers Journals the night before we left and slipped it into a travelers notebook cover by Foxy Fix.

– Water Soluble Pencil

I’m using a dark blue Aquarelle by Faber Castell.

– White Pens & Markers

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– Black Pens & Markers

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– White Gesso

I like Dina wakley’s brand by Ranger because I they come in small tubes. The white gesso pulls double duty as gesso and as white “paint”.

– Dark Heavy Body Acrylic

For the dark paint I like using “Night” rather than Black, because it’s a deep blue with a wonderful depth of color.

– Small Paint Brushes

– Water Brush

– Scribble Sticks

I like Dina Wakley’s scribble sticks because they’re easy to transport, water soluble, inexpensive & come in a wide range of colors.

– Gelatos

I like that they’ll go on dry and pull double duty as a wet medium, with a little water.

– Glue Stick

Uhu is great for humid climates.

– Watercolors

I like the colors in the Jane Davenport Bright Palette. They’re inexpensive, come in a tin that helps them travel nicely, & they offer a nice pop of color.

– Spray Bottle

Ranger’s Mini Mister is perfect for travel.

– Ephemera

I take a small assortment of stamped images, decorative papers, & bits of painty underpaper. These are great for collage and adding texture & color

– Stencils

I absolutely love the 4×4 stencils by StencilGirl. They’re the perfect size for travel. You can also cut down larger stencils into smaller pieces, like with their ATC Mixup Stencil. I also just added smaller stencil bits to my kit from Traci Bautista.

– Baby Wipes

They’re handy for tidying up and a great tool for removing paint through stencils for texture.


Tucking my stencils right under the band of my travelers notebook keeps them all together in one place.

The Bag:

I’ve tried several types of pouches and bags for my travel art kit and finally found something that I love. It’s a Wash Bag from Lorton & Horn. It has a flat bottom and has a great doctor’s bag opening for easy access.

The best part is that it’s roomy enough to hold all of my travel must-haves plus new additions to the kit, like this set of oil pastels and new Posca Markers.


“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain


Enjoying some art time as we arrive on the island of Kauai

Thank you for joining me as I share a peek into my travel art kit. If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you.

Wishing you a week full of art and a week full of whimsy.

xo, Belen

Art Journal Mini Travel Kit

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A recent weekend getaway to Santa Barbara, with my Beloved, inspired me to put together a mini art journal travel kit.

When we travel I don’t spend time art journaling, but upon our return I like to put together a small daybook, or mini journal, to document our getaway. I add things such as notes, memorable moments, a few favorite photos and various bits of ephemera.

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Having a compact, self-contained kit that I can just toss in my weekend bag, is the perfect little take along for putting together my daybooks during quite moments in our hotel room.

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A couple of months ago I purchased these zip folios from Webster’s Pages. They have several gorgeous colors available, I bought 2 of them. For this kit I used the teal folio.

So what’s in my kit you ask? Surprisingly a lot, considering that the folio only measures 5.25″ x 8″ x 0.5″, but basically it contains what I consider to be my art journaling must-haves.

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  • Water brush
  • Stabilo Marks All pencils – black & blue
  • Fude Ball pen 1.5 – black
  • Uni-ball Signo pen – white
  • Sharpie Extra Fine Paint Pen – white
  • Molotow markers – black & white

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  • Day book/mini journal – Handmade, see process HERE
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Gelatos – I like Faber Castell
  • Text stickers
  • Misc journal cards and hearts that I cut from a sheet of under paper
  • Washi Tape – Handmade, see process HERE

If I want to get really fancy, I my take along a larger wire bound handmade daybook, such as this one that I made using Project Life journal cards.

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You can read about the process for making those HERE.

What you add to your own kit may vary according to your needs, but it’s amazing to see what you can create with just a few basic supplies.

Thanks for reading, I hope this post has inspired you to put together your own art journal travel kit.

I wish you all a wonderful week.

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