The contents of my travelling paint box

July 19, 2013

A couple of days ago I was talking to my lovely friend Kathryn and I said to her that I don’t even know anymore what’s in my travelling paint box and that it would probably make an interesting post to actually find out.

She said, “Let’s see it!”

It’s getting a little hard to close these days so it’s probably a really good idea to go thru what’s in there. This little box is one of those plastic children’s school boxes and is probably a left-over form my children’s elementary days. I’ve had it for ever and it comes with me absolutely everywhere. So let’s find out what’s in there. 🙂

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Well, there are several brushes. OK, maybe some can be taken out because now look at the right hand side. Those are my brand new brushes which hold their own water! I just bought those yesterday. How cool are they? In the paint box are a few squares of sturdy watercolour paper which I use as a palette and a couple sheets of kitchen towel, and, usually, a film canister for holding a little water, (but I left that in Vancouver this time 🙁 )

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There are a few fine and calligraphy ink pens in there.

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And here are some essential tools: An eraser and sharpener, a ruler in a slim plastic case to protect the edge, a smudge stick, and an ink quill and some nibs in a protective metal container.

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And then there are the pencils. Holy smokes, I had no idea that there were this many pencils.

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These are my absolute favourites, the water colour pencils.

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These are chalks.

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These are regular coloured pencils.

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These are water soluble graphites and charcoal sticks.

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And, now this is ridiculous, these are graphite pencils. Can you say over-kill on the pencils? I think so.

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But this, this is the important bit. This is the stuff I love. All this stuff is extremely important to inducing creativity. So, clockwise-ish from top left we have: an old piece of bone, horse chestnuts, a rusty ancient nail, fox fur, four silver spoons (just bought last week), a beach marble on one of the spoons, a goldfinch feather, a shard of porcelain, a King George penny and a Queen Victoria penny found in the fields after the heavy rains of 2007, (Don’t worry, a hoard constitutes 10 or more coins, so my little find gets to stay private), special pebbles, and two “Aztec” tiles Robert brought up form the depth of the ocean for me while we were on vacation in Mexico.

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Whew, I’m glad I have a slightly better overview of my paint box. Time for a clean up.

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  • Reply jlynn sheridan July 19, 2013 at 6:23 am

    All your little found objects ARE inspiring. I love your box travelling box.

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Thank you so much JLynn. 🙂

  • Reply July 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

    HEY : ) Thanks for the reference. We have so much in common. Don’t you just love the smell of fresh colored pencils!! I have all the same things in box’s, bags, saran wrap, loose ..It’s a wreck but maybe you will inspire me to organize and ultimately DO SOMETHING CREATIVE !


    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 7:25 am

      That would be great Kathryn, I’d love to see your travelling stuff. 🙂 And I’d especially love to see what ever you do. You know what I love? Freshly sharpened pencils. 🙂

  • Reply Sara v July 19, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I love your treasures!! Feathers are so amazing, aren’t they? And I’m drooling over your pencils (here, let me wipe that up…) Wonderful!! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

      Hi Sara, I love feathers too. They’re hard for me to be satisfied with when I draw them. 🙂 Have you got some art supplies?

  • Reply July 19, 2013 at 7:05 am

    I’m going to get all my stuff out and take an inventory too..tell me ..the spoons????

    • Reply Veronica July 19, 2013 at 7:31 am

      Oh, spoons, You know I do that silly tea cup thing on Tuesdays, anyway, I just love the gals and the tea cups, well, I came across these little spoons somewhere a week ago, bought them and then had them out in the garden while I was painting and somehow they ended up in the box! 🙂 The trouble is that the travelling paint box is a bit of a Tardis. Things go in and then just seem to belong and stay there in the space…lol.

      • Reply July 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm

        I really liked them! My mind ran rampart on that one…does she mix very exactly quantities of water…..or other things…

      • Reply July 21, 2013 at 12:04 pm

        My mind ran rampart on that one! Does she mix very exacting amounts of water with her paint or hmmmmmm..

        • Reply Veronica July 24, 2013 at 4:27 am

          Oh Kathryn, that’s a great idea! I’ve met a potter who will help me fire and glaze my two pots and so I can make brilliant use of my teaspoons int he glazes. 🙂 Now I’ve got to go for it and try. lol

      • Reply July 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

        I really wondered , I thought perhaps you made very exacting water measurements with you paints. Loved the antique look of them!

  • Reply michellepond July 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I want a traveling paint box and I don’t even paint. I love the creativity inducers.

  • Reply Angela July 21, 2013 at 6:10 am

    I loved having a tour round your travelling paint box 🙂

  • Reply July 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Ahem…wow. something is broken.Sorry

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