The July issue of Jacqueline’s Studio Letter is really part 2 of The Traveling Artist Edition and contains so much valuable information we had to slide some over to Jacqueline’s blog ! Here’s the link if you missed part 1 of this Studio Letter.  

vintage travel sticker

I interviewed Jacqueline for the article in the Studio Letter about her favorite supplies and resources to take with her when she travels to teach or retreat to make art. Here’s what she revealed !

What is your favorite sketchbook? 

I am not  much of a “sketcher”.  I travel with a small Moleskin notebook that I make some very rough design sketches in and take notes about ideas I see and want to try. But I do really like this bound sketchbook – 60 lb. paper, hardbound, 8 ½ x11 – 160 pages

I also like to use my iPhone’s camera [“my other brain” ] and now also like to use a free app “EverNote” to capture + organize thoughts, ideas, creative impulses

If you can only take one set of “colors” – what would it be ?

For travel I like the Peerless Watercolors that come in individual dry color sheets http://www.peerlesscolor.com/world_famous/DrySheets.html   I use them with a Daniel Smith Niji waterbrush

I also have a book of the Peerless Paint Colors watercolor pages that I bought from  Paperinkarts.com

What is your favorite paper to travel with…..

I always have a few small bits of Arches Text Wove with me. I tear it down to 6″ x 8″ and tuck it into one of those plastic file folders. It is lightweight and takes all media well. I also usually have a few small pieces of painted tissue and some small bits of paste paper with me in case I want to add a bit of collage to whatever I am doing. I use a glue stick with these.

Your most liked pens to take with you because they travel so well….

I like to have a Faber-Castell Pitt Drawing pen set with me. They come in 3 colors. I carry a set of black and a set of sepia tones. I also carry a Pentel Pocket Brush for brush lettering and sketching and a broad edge pigma calligraphy marker.

What is your favorite way to carry all of these wonderful supplies ?

yazzi bag

The tool bag I keep packed with all my small essentials is a Yazzii Bag. I have a large size one, measuring 7″x9″x3″ and it holds a LOT. The bag is quilted cotton made in black and aqua and has multiple organizer sections. I also have a smaller one for all my calligraphy supplies.

Whenever students see them they want to know “where did you get that ?

Yazzii is an Australian company – you can purchase online from their website, Amazon has a variety of Yazzii bags, check out stuff 4 sewing [an online US retailer for crafts, artist supplies and sewing] and a google search yields a few other sources. Yazzi will be an exhibitor at the Houston Quilt Market on October 26-28, 2013. This appears to be a trade show [not open to the general public] but is being held in conjunction with the Houston International Quilt Festival, Oct 31 – Nov 3.  You might want to take a look at the Festival’s workshop listings on their festival site!

The Yazzi bags have lots of compartments for organization and are lightweight. The rest of my stuff, I put into a suitcase that has wheels.  I see so many people carrying their stuff into the workshop in several tote bags. Put that stuff on wheels!  You can buy one of the wheeled totes made for scrapbookers [check eBags – Zappos – Amazon – big box craft stores – or even consider a rolling storage unit that has a good handle] or just use a suitcase. It saves trips to the car and is easier to organize your stuff so you are not rooting around through a bunch of bags in the workshop!

Be sure your rolling tote meets all the airlines luggage requirements if you intend on flying with it. Check luggagepro.com for a good selection of  what appears to be airline friendly rolling totes and “work bags”.

Anything else you don’t leave home without when you run away to make art…….

I have an “Art Journal” that is a an old sketchbook/notebook that I have gessoed and collaged the pages. It is filled with my favorite quotes and poems and I try to carry it with me for inspiration. It is big so sometimes it is too heavy.

and lastly a favored Jaqueline travel quote ???

Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind……….Seneca, a Roman philosopher, 4BC-65AD

Happy Summer Travels!

Chris Wachsmuth in San Francisco

for Jacqueline Sullivan’s Studio Letter