Art Materials for the Trip

Art Materials for the Trip

travel art materials, travel journaling


After gas for our trip, art materials are the next biggest expense. I plan on doing art journals of our journey, as well as more formal work in small sizes: 5″ x 7″, 6″ x 8″, 8″ x 10,” and 11″ x 14.” I am taking my pastels, oils, watercolors and gouache, as well as alcohol ink and india ink pens. I have purchesed gesso boards for the oils, and a similar amount of pastel boards are being delivered to our daughter’s house in California. I bought three types of journals, with three different papers in which to journal the trip. I have new luscious Cran d’ache colored pencils in my old colored pencil case, and splurged on a small Schmincke half-pan watercolor set for hikes in the back country. I am anticipating a lot of fun and quiet time! 

I’m grateful our daughter also wants to make art on this voyage; it will be great to spend time being creative together in beautiful surroundings. There is not much room in our small VW Jetta, but we both agree that art materials are a priority, along with two battered french easels and two new sketching stools!

























I work to amplify good wherever I find it. I love color, texture, beauty, great ideas, nature, metaphor, deliciousness, genuine spirituality, and exploring new territory. I encourage authenticity, nurture creativity, champion sustainability, promote peace, and hope to foster a new renaissance where we all are free to be our most fulfilled, multifaceted, and terrific selves. Read more here.


  1. Kami 9 years ago

    I know you guys will have a great trip. I can’t wait to see the results of your efforts!

  2. Deborah 9 years ago

    When you are not doing these expeditions with your family can you arrange one for some old friends?

    • Author
      Polly Castor 9 years ago

      Sounds like an idea!

  3. Liz 9 years ago

    Wow, looks great. When I went to Alaska I just took watercolors and a few pastels. But then I was flying! There are certain advantages to driving, and I hope you are able to take a lot of time along the way to enjoy the vastly different sceneries you will see! When I drove across Illinois in August 2010, the corn was really high. And the day was gorgeous, deep blue sky and that green corn, what a sight!! Really felt the heart of America there!!
    Looking forward to seeing you!!! xo

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Send this to friend