Watercolor Travel Art Kit: Fits in Your Pocket. | Chris Carter | Skillshare

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Watercolor Travel Art Kit: Fits in Your Pocket.

teacher avatar Chris Carter, artist, illustrator and explorer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Watercolor Travel Kit: Intro and Materials


    • 2.

      Watercolor Travel Kit: Procedure


    • 3.

      Watercolor Travel Kit: Conclusion


    • 4.

      Bonus Lesson One


    • 5.

      Bonus Lesson Two


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In this class you'll learn how to put together the simplest and most basic of watercolor travel art kits.  The entire kit fits into a pocket, You'll have everything you need to sketch everywhere you go ... on a daily basis!  We will add to this basic kit in other Skillshare classes, expanding your kit to suit your unique style of working while on the go. I have included a PDF file suggesting where to purchase materials if you don't already have what's needed to make your kit.

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Chris Carter

artist, illustrator and explorer


Welcome to Skillshare. I'm Chris Carter.

I love exploring the world with pen and brush whether it be by land, sea or air! Here on Skillshare, in tiny bites, I present tips and techniques I've learned over a lifetime of sketching, drawing and painting. My classes are designed with two purposes in mind: to present tips and techniques that help you learn new skills and master current skills; and as quick reference for those of you who have attended one of my live workshops.

I create large, abstract watercolors and oil paintings in my studio. When traveling, which I do for more than half the year, I work realistically, mostly in sketchbooks. I sketch from reality daily to keep my eye, hand and brain coordination well-honed.

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1. Watercolor Travel Kit: Intro and Materials: Welcome to this course on making a pocket size travel art kit. I'm Chris Carter. In this course, you will learn how to make my very smallest version of an art travel kit for watercolor. You'll have a palette. You'll have a brush. You'll have a sketchbook. You'll have everything you need to sketch wherever you go everywhere you go. Here, the supplies that you need for the watercolor kit, you need the cotton socks and a pair of scissors to cut it. You need empty many Altoid tin or some other men. 10. You need one stick on business card magnet strip to empty eye shadow tens four empty watercolor pans. I use 3/2 pans in a full pan, a mechanical pencil, a water brush. These come in all shapes and sizes, but I use a small won for this tiny kid superglue. I have locked tight that I used to glue the strips from the magnet to the bottom of my pans so that they stick inside. You need scrap watercolor paper, a scrap from a watercolor painting or some other. You can have a cover of something or a paper bag, anything that you want to use for the cover of your sketchbook and some rubber bands, and that's it. 2. Watercolor Travel Kit: Procedure: I'll start with the hardest part. First, you can either use a ruler for this or just do it by. I flip your Tim over. The magnet is going to go into the lid, not into the inside of the tent, marking it off where it will fit in the 10 with a little bit of room despair. Cut the strip. There you go. That's perfect. Next, you'll do the same thing here. Now. Another way to do it is just trace like that and cut it a little bit smaller. Perfect. Next. So now we have the size for that. We don't need to put a magnet in the bottom. We just need to put a magnet in the top now, even though these yourself adhesive, I always use a spot of glue, too, especially with the pans because, um, when you're washing the pans out on washing the tin out, you're going to end up getting them wet on. Then the adhesive wears off, so I used the extra clip. Remember, with superglue, you do not want to get it on your fingers or you're gonna be sticking your fingers together . Take the backing off, but just a drop of glue. You have to do this fairly quickly because superglue does dry fast and I take the pan and put it on top of the magnet. That way, I'm not touching Glueck, okay, we'll put those aside and let them dry. The next thing we can do is to cut our sock and you can just cut the end right off the socks. And there you go. Now I use I use old socks. I'm showing you with a new sock, but you can use old socks to make your sketchbook. Take your scrap paper and you could make it any size you want. I'm going to just fold this in half and I fold it both ways and then just rip it like that . If it's not ripping easily, you can cut it. But I like the soft edge. Then I'll fold it in half. They have folded forwards and backwards. That's that's what makes it easy to you can use a bone folder to with that, if you want on, and if it's a little uneven, you can adjust it. I like putting two pages per signature, and you might want to just go with the re. If you're not going very far, that might be in luck. Then you take your water color and over, huh? The way you hold it in is with the rubber bands. Now you can stitch this. I usually stitch mine. But if you're just on the go, you can easily make your sketchbook without any stitching at all. And the 4th 1 is to keep it closed. So there we have the sketchbook. We have the watercolor brush, We have the pencil, we have our wrists sock. And now we can go back to our 10 See the magnet, holds it down in there and squeeze your paints into it. I use a yellow, a warm yellow, a warm read, a cool red and ultra marine blue. And then you're tens. Stick to the lead and you're all set to go happy sketching This is Cris Carter with skill share 3. Watercolor Travel Kit: Conclusion: I just maybe having far too much fun making these classes, and, uh, I can't help but throw things in that I hope will inspire you to be bold and adventuresome . In this class, you learned how to make the very tiniest and most basic of travel kits. I hinted that there are a lot more travel kids that I can teach you to make, including two different Ariel studios set ups for painting while paragliding. The 1st 1 that I made was a little too big. And for the first time in my life, I experienced horrible motion sickness. So I redesigned the whole kit, and now I can fly and paint without any problem. So, um, not that many of you are gonna be out there paragliding and painting, but But the whole point behind it is that you can sketch in paint doing almost anything. Andi, I can help you put together kits that will work no matter what your situation. So if I don't hit upon something that works for you, let me know. Contact may because I have so many ideas and you'll see in some of the other classes that I'm posting. I have kids of all sizes that fit into all kinds of bags, all kinds of pockets, backpacks, will any number of things. Andi, I'm happy to share that with you. I hope that you've enjoyed this class. And really, even if you never make a travel camp, I hope that I've just sparked the idea that you can go ahead and and just do something, Derek, that you thought maybe you couldn't dio You thought maybe it was impossible. But I don't know. I've I've dreamt of a lot of things and halftime. Quite a view of them. There are still a lot more to go, and I hope that I'll be around a long time to continue sharing them with you. Oh, please join me on my adventures. And I hope I can support your adventures to travel the world and explore with I didn't brush. This is Chris Carter. Have a great 4. Bonus Lesson One: in this video, you're going to see the travel kit in action, and the only additions that you'll see is you'll see this clip, which clips to the sketchbook and then allows you to attach your palate without having to hold on to. You'll see a different book. This'd is another really easy sketchbook that's made by folding back and forth piece of watercolor paper or other paper. It's called an accordion sketchbook or concertina sketchbook, and this just slips in to this case that I made from postcards. This is the paraglider that my son and I I used to fly one. And can you just hold it in with the rubber band? So you're gonna see actually this painting being done in a moving car? There will be a paper towel that you'll also see me use. The video is going to be kind of jittery and jaggery here. Some cyclists, because I'm in a moving car and the camera is attached with suction cup to the window. Now I'm, of course, and the passenger I take full advantage of being a passenger, since I'm usually the one driving. But when I am a passenger, I paint enjoy the video. This is your kit in Action way, - way . I have 5. Bonus Lesson Two: I decided to give you one more bonus. Listen, and this is just a treat. Sit back and watch it. This is going to be several clippings from previous videos of different locations than setups that I had using the many outweighed 10 Teoh paint and water color. Um, sometimes just using one pigment. I often do that too, when I'm in the city during buildings, because I'm looking at shapes and values, and I'm not as concerned about the color. In some cases, at least when I was starting out, um, exploring Paris. That's what I was doing. Um, So I hope you enjoy it there. Some of them are our early early videos, and that will be kind of obvious. I hope you enjoy them. Uh, over