Loadout

Mid-Week Mini: 2019 Summer Travel Kit.

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I am travelling a little over the next few weeks and as always I have to think about the tools I am taking and how they will be used. My first trip is work related so the tools will be more limited but I wanted to share the items I am taking.

Black Travelers Notebook Regular.

This will include my beloved weekly + memo refill for my daily journaling, the cream Travelers Company refill for drawing, small journal entries and a Superior Labor wallet.

Zebra Sarasa Clip: Vintage Colours.

I love these gel pens and the vintage colours they come in. I have the blue grey, brown grey, green black and red black. These pens write really well, give a really thin crisp line, plus the colours are lovely.

Caran d’Ache coloured pencils.

I only have a few colours but in the rare instance I get a change to draw anything, I want to be able to add some colour. Coloured pencils are easy to travel with, are low maintenance and I can take them almost anywhere with me.

Le Typographe Porte-Mine Mechanical Pencil.

I really enjoy this mechanical pencil especially when travelling. It feels good in your hand when drawing, has a nice line weight on the page and the graphite isn't too dark. Plus the little graphite sharpener hidden away within the pencil means I can sharpen it so easily.

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Sakura Pigma Micron Drawing Pens.

I have a few drawing pens with me for my travel in the 02, 03 and 05 sizes. I find these pens easy to draw with and there are no risks of leaks or spills.

Superior Labor Engineer Pouch.

The Superior Labor pouch is great for keeping all my sketching and notebook things together in one place. I can either access this quickly on a plane, or when out and have all the things I need together.

Caroline Gardner Pencil Case.

This pencil case is the perfect slim size to hold a few pencils and drawing pens. I love the orange colour too.

Field Notes National Parks edition.

I will be bringing a Field Notes memo book with me as they are small and portable. With my Travelers Notebook I don't really plan on using this notebook during the trip but I would rather have a small one with me just in case.

Fjallraven Re-Kanken Emerald Bag.

This is a new addition and I have finally succumbed to a Kanken bag. I love the bright green of this Emerald colour.

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This is a fairly simple stationery travel kit for me. Usually I bring too much, over complicate and weight myself down rarely using even half of what I bring. This time I tried to be a little more selective and think about the outcome of these tools and not just the tools alone.

Travel Kit: Edinburgh

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I am heading off to Edinburgh for a long weekend of relaxation, whiskey drinking, eating lots of tasty food and soaking up the sights of this city. Part of any trip gets me thinking about what stationery items I want to take...and then trying to take only what I need, a task I am always awful at. In this post I will share my stationery travel kit for this trip.

Travelers Notebook + inserts.

I will be taking my trusty black TN with my weekly refill + memo insert.

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I have also thrown in a mishmash Travelers notebook refill which is an extended journaling notebook for those times I want to be creative or have more to say.

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I have a Baum Kuchen + Superior Labor pouch which hold some stickers, washi tape, postage stamps and other bits and bobs that all help me with my journaling.

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Nock Co Sinclair + Field Notes.

My Nock Co Sinclair has become a staple carry. In here I have the Haxley sketchbook where I have been playing around and experimenting with my doodles. The small size of this sketchbook somehow frees my mind and I am less concerned with trying to get things right. The additional pages are also good.

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I also have a East coast Coastal Field Notes for general note taking. I have some itinerary plans included in here for the trip.

Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook + watercolour palette.

I want to try and draw while I am in Edinburgh. I am taking my relatively new and untouched A5 Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook. To go with this I will be using my new(ish) watercolour Winsor and Newton palette. I have a Pentel waterbrush which will more than likely be my main paintbrush due to its convenience. I want the focus to be on just painting and not have any obstacles in my way.

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Field Notes Signature Ruled Notebook.

This has been my journal lately. The paper quality in this notebook is better than the standard Field Notes which means I can use lots of different writing tools. The slightly larger size, different binding and additional pages makes it a really convenient notebook.

Writing Tools.

This felt like one area where I could limit what I was taking with me on this trip and carry only the essentials. I have the Baron Fig Key Squire, a Zebra Sarassa Clip in grey-blue and 2 pencils that always sit in my Sinclair, so nothing changes here.

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On top of this I will have the Caran d’Ache mechanical pencil and the Worther Shorty which will be useful for sketching. I will also have my Lamy AL Star and a couple of Faber-Castell Pitt Artist pens for the inking.

I will also take with me my Lamy LX fountain pen inked up with Sailor Blue Black because I love this pairing and enjoy writing with it.

Other Tools.

The final things I will be bringing with me is the Penco big clip which is always handy for holding open notebooks. I will also have a couple of smaller Tools to Liveby clips for my Field Notes. I will be bringing an eraser, the Carta Pura which I really enjoy using and I find doesn’t leave a lot of residue.

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I will be taking a standard sharpener with me. I don’t have anything better at the moment but will need to have something with me for obvious reasons.

I will have my Sudio Neat Glif for my iPhone in case I need to prop up my phone for reference doodling.

These extras will all be thrown in my Hightide Pen Roll. And then all of these things will be carried in my new Baron Fig backpack. The compartments, pockets and open fully system make this a really interesting travel item kit. I think this could work really well, but time and testing will tell.

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Overall Thoughts.

This doesn’t look minimal in any way, this is still a lot of things to bring on a short trip but I am a stationery addict and this is me being restrained. I love to have things with me and not fall short. I like to record things and draw at times so I need lots of different tools to do this.

My Humble Art Supplies.

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One of my 2017 stationery resolutions that didn’t materialise, was to draw. I had drawn a little but it was haphazard and my progress was slow simply because I wasn’t finding the time. This year I really want to change that and make drawing a habit.

I have amassed a small collection of items that I enjoy using and plan on making these part of my art supply toolkit. I thought I would share these with you.

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Notebooks.

There are two or three sketchbooks I have tested and tried to get along with but there are some that I have found I enjoy and plan on making these my staples. One is the Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. I have a pocket and an A5 size. I like how slim they are and the paper is quite nice.

The second is the Mindstone sketchbook which was sent to me to test out. There is a lot to like about this sketchbook and I will review this product properly in an upcoming post. I really like the cloth cover and the elastic strap. The size is great too so this is a big winner for me.

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Pencils.

I have a few pencils that I have been using. I find it helpful to sketch a very light and rough outline first as I am awful with my proportions and therefore not confident about going straight in with ink. I have been using my Baron Fig School Set Archer pencil, my Staedtler Mars Lumograph and a Blackwing 602. They’re not the ideal sketching pencils and really I should be using a Blackwing MMX.

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Fountain Pen and Ink.

It’s no surprise really that I have found my favourite sketching tool to be a fountain pen. It feels so nice to use and I like the wet ink on the page. I find it far more enjoyable than a drawing pen, but I do have a Uni-pin there for good measure. I am using my Lamy AL Star Copper Orange with a fine nib and Noodles Black for drawing. The pen is perfect and easy to carry around and the Noodlers Black ink is waterproof which means I have the option to add in watercolour.

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Watercolour palette.

I have recently changed my palette. I was experimenting with a simple Winsor and Newton Cotman 12-pan palette that I bought cheaply to basically try out the colours and not over invest in something that I may not have really liked. However I really struggled with the quality of this palette and after watching some YouTube videos I decided to upgrade. I now have a few Winsor and Newton professional watercolour tubes and have created my own palette and now in a lovely metal tin.

A partially empty palette

A partially empty palette

There are a lot of holes here and I know I am missing some basics (any suggestions welcome) but I am just piecing everything together and trying to find something that’ll work the best way for me.

Travel brush.

I invested in a Rosemary and Co. pocket brush some time ago based on a recommendation in a YouTube video, I forget which. I really love this brush because it’s a travel version. It takes up minimal room and I can protect the brush. I think I have the size 6 brush but again can’t be sure.

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Superior Labor pouch.

I have been keeping my sketching tools in my Superior Labor pen pouch which really wasn’t how I intended to use it but it works quite well. The large pocket holds my small palette really nicely and I can just throw all the pens and pencils and brushes everywhere else.

Superior Labor pen roll and the Mindstone sketchbook

Superior Labor pen roll and the Mindstone sketchbook

I’m learning.

This is the state of my sketching for the beginning of 2018 and I am sure there will be changes throughout the year. 2017 was almost a year of testing and trailing out different tools. I have refined my watercolour palette and found sketchbooks that I think work well for me. At the moment I like the simplicity of my current art toolkit, now I just need to use these tools more often.

My May Favourites

I haven't done a loadout post in some time as I felt like there was a bit too much repetition going on. Today's post is kind of like a loadout; I am sharing with you a short run down of my current favourite stationery tools.

Passport sized Travelers Notebook - I am really happy to be using my passport Travelers Notebook again. I am enjoying my set-up, which you can view here, and I love the gorgeous camel leather.

Zebra Sarasa Clip 0.5mm black - This is a fantastic gel ink pen. I have this with me at all times. It writes really well and is super smooth. I have a full review coming therefore I won’t include any spoilers.

Kaweco ART Sport, EF nib - I recently replaced the nib on this pen for my preferred EF size. I have this inked up with J. Herbin Lie de The and it's love. I love the ART Sport design and this ink colour is lovely.

Hightide Pen Roll - I have had this pen roll now for a few weeks and I really like it. It holds everything I want with me and the design is ace.

This isn’t an exhaustive list of all the stationery items I am using at the moment, these are the items I am reaching for on a daily basis and getting the most enjoyment from.