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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Another Great Idea for a Pastel Travel Kit

'Island Dreams'           6 x 6           pastel           ©Karen Margulis
Never have any regrets!  Have you ever gone on a trip without pastels because it wasn't a painting trip.....and then you kick yourself for not having something to paint with. Anything would do...paper and pencil even. I never go on a trip without pastels even if the trip is not about painting.

It is easy to do if you keep your pastel kit simple, light and portable.

My Pastel Travel Kit
On my recent trip to Chicago I converted a Book cover into a small pastel kit. See my post here
I havent been able to find more of the book covers (for backup!) so I am always looking for good potential kits.  I found one and took it on a test drive on my cruise last week.

This kit is a winner!  It is a rectangular fabric insulated lunch box!

It is slightly larger than the book cover measuring  10 x 8 x 4.  The insulation gives support and padding to protect my supplies and is easy to wipe clean.  It has one mesh pocket.  It has a zipper all around which allows it to lay flat. And it has nice handles which makes it portable. You can see form my photo that it easily holds all the pastel supplies I needed for a week of painting. I did 50 minis and 10 5x7and 6x6's. Here is what I put in the kit:

  • 3 small boxes of pastels. The large box holds a big selection of small pieces of soft pastel and the two smaller boxes hold a selection of nupastels and holbiens.
  • a clearbag filled with lots of paper cut to 2.5x3.5, 5x7 and 6x6.
  • a small photo album and binder clip to hold my finished mini paintings and a clear bag for the finished larger paintings.
  • a travel pack of Wet Ones wipes and a small microfiber towel.
  • a 5x7 piece of foam core in a clear bag for easy cleanup along with 2 small bulldog clips for holding my paper. This is my working board.
This lunch box kit is small enough and soft enough to easily fit in a backpack or carryon....or maybe make a kit to throw in the car. You never know when you might come upon something that begs to be painted!

'Under the Swaying Palms'          5x5       pastel
click here to purchase $45

'Anchored'            6x6            pastel
click here to purchase $45


Barb Novak said...

Love "Island Dreams"! You can find book covers with handles at an Christian book store or online-just search for Bible book covers:)

Karen said...

Thanks Barb! Thanks for the tip. I actually did find them that way however not for the bargain price I paid at Ross for Less. I am spoiled!!!! :)
But for sure they can be found and I do recommend them for pastel kits!

Jo P said...

Karen, could you post a picture of the boxes you put the pastels in an one with the lids open shoeing the pastels. This is a grest tip. Thanks..

robertsloan2art said...

I love the lunchbox kit! That's really great for the sort of shorter trips I make, it's very tempting to have that when the weather gets nicer and I sometimes come back from the clinic an hour late so I can do plein air in their garden.

I might add a short stack of Pan Pastels to it since I like using those with soft pastels.