It's really great to see the days getting longer, feel the warm sun breaks, and smell the early blooming flowers. Time to start planning for road trips and figuring out ways to get in some art when you're on the road. A fun challenge is to see how pared-down you can get with supplies and still create art. My goal is to always have supplies with me, and yet, I don't like to carry a huge bag everywhere. It's time for a secret-Ninja art kit. And this one has been kitty-approved.
The idea to use empty containers for paints came from Pinterest. Can you believe how cute this thing is, a mini Altoid tin filled with gouache (opaque watercolor)? What could be better? And a great discovery is the travel-size Koi water brush. I got mine at Dots N Doodles in Astoria, OR last year. They're great because you can bring a bit of water with you and can refill it later. For the airlines, I make sure to empty the brush before flying. Watercolor and gouache are safe to bring on the plane because there are no solvents. The tiny walls are made of scraps of plastic, anchored with hot glue. Just fill the wells and let dry, then it's ready to take on the road. Can't wait to try it out!