Holiday Arts essential kit with Barry Whitehouse of the Artery

As holiday season approaches, and indeed warmer weather for visiting the many historic places and sites we are lucky to have in the area, I thought it would be...

As holiday season approaches, and indeed warmer weather for visiting the many historic places and sites we are lucky to have in the area, I thought it would be good to give you an art essentials list to make sure you have on you at all times to ensure you are ready for when creativity strikes!

  • A small pocket sized sketch book. An A6 size is best, and an all media cartridge paper around 150gsm in weight.
  • A water soluble black pen
  • A waterbrush (a hollow plastic-brush that is filled with water)
  • A small swatch of watercolour paper with pre-coloured palette of watercolour pencils in red, yellow, blue, brown, green, black. (scribble the colours on the paper which can then be used with the waterbrush to make paint).
  • Or a small watercolour palette.
  • A 2B pencil. This is a great all-round pencil for sketching and shading.
  • A putty eraser
  • A small glue stick in case you wish to stick in any memories of your travels to help with your art work, such as tickets, or leaves, and so on.
  • An empty mint travel tin – this is ideal for storing all of these materials in!

By keeping your materials to a minimum you will cut down on carrying a lot of weight in your pockets, and remember that these are just sketches to be used to create proper works of art when you get back home if so inclined.

Try to sketch every day when you are out – sitting in the café, resting under the shade of a tree – there is inspiration to be found everywhere. Use a camera or smart phone to take photographs to help aid your memory, but from experience I know that sketching something remains in your memory for much longer than just taking a photograph.