Travel Journal Tips #1 · What’s in My Bag (ft. Portable Painter) · semiskimmedmin

Travel Journal Tips #1 · What’s in My Bag (ft. Portable Painter) · semiskimmedmin


Alright you lot! Before we begin, I’m so thrilled to announce
the winner of my 100k giveaway, Christine Altamirano, who’s comment was picked at
random from the pool of comments and instagram followers. Her prize package is already on its way to
her, I’m so excited for her to receive it! She seems so thrilled, I think we’re both
as excited as each other. Thank you all so much for entering, hopefully
it won’t be long till the next milestone and another chance to share the love! So moving on to the video, very casual format
today, I just got back from New York a few days ago. And this is the first chance I’ve really
had to stop and get my bearings since I got back. I thought while I’m finally getting round
to unpacking it would be cool to share what art supplies I took with me and also show
you how I used them while I was out there. I travel light, in all aspects, but especially
so with supplies. I’m always looking for ways to have things
at my disposal to get the look I want, but also not take up half my bag. So to start out, most important thing is of
course the sketchbook. I used to have a dedicated one, fill a like
30 page sketchbook for the whole holiday, but I’m using my sketchbook now as more
of a visual diary, so all my life is kind of documented in here amongst the doodles
and whatever else. This is a Stillman and Birn, Zeta series A5ish
softcover sketchbook. Handles wet media beautifully, no bleed through
so far, lovely, sturdy white pages. It’s been doing a great job and it held
up in my bag really well. You’ll notice there’s a ton of stuff just
hanging out of it. I used to take a glue stick with me on holiday
to paste in all the little souvenirs and things I picked up. I don’t do that anymore, or at least I didn’t
do that this time. Instead I opted to take a stack of post-it
notes. They’re more multi-functional. A- they’re great for covering up mistakes. but the main use I have for them is to take
notes. To sort of plan a spread without having to
commit to it there and then. You wanna enjoy the holiday. So, you might have a spread idea in mind thats
gonna take you a good few hours, things to stick and cute handwriting titles or whatever,
and those hours of perfecting and tweaking could be done at home or back at the hotel
on a chill day in the holiday, and done much better, if you just note down the skeleton
of the idea and then go out and spend that precious little bit of holiday time you have
actually making memories. All I’m saying is, loose bits can stay loose,
but a post-it can tell me whereabouts in the journey that fits in. And, if there’s something I want to write
about on a particular page and I don’t want to forget it but I’m not in a position to
give that writing the time it needs, quick post-it, I can write it out back at the hotel
or when I get home. Speaking of writing, next thing is pens. I take a pencil but I don’t really use it
much anymore and we’ll come to why in a second. Pen, I take a waterproof fineliner so something
like a copic multiliner, micron would work as well. Great for doing all your writing but also
urban sketching, sketching in any situation, to get confident lines down, nice ink flow,
get that fluidity and energy in your work. I
also take a biro, these are like my new pencil. Because you can use different pressures to
go from the faintest of lines to deep black. These have become a real staple for me recently. And the best thing is you can buy them everywhere,
so you’re never stuck without your thing. Also, most of them are waterproof as well. Those are the basics, but I do like a bit
of colour in my work. Obviously at home, for paint, I use gouache
a lot. I like the opacity, the flat colour, but to
take those away with me and like set them up, with my minimal approach, isn’t really
gonna work. So I was rummaging through my things looking
for an alternative, thinking wouldn’t it be great if I had some like paint markers
or something, and I found these. These are chalk markers, a company called
Challkola sent them to me a while ago and they’re cool but I didn’t really know how
I could find a use for them since they’re more designed for non porous surfaces like
glass or not paper basically. But I tried it on paper and it worked pretty
well. I just picked out a few colours that I liked
together, didn’t wanna take the whole set. And yeah, these worked well as a stand-in
for paint markers. Great way to get that bold flat colour if
that’s a look you go for. With them being chalk markers I’m not sure
if I’ll need to use spray fixative to stop the colour rubbing onto the opposite page
but I probably will just to be safe. You could also try traditional alcohol markers
if you prefer more of a watery look. In terms of watercolours, since I’ve started
experimenting with them again especially in my drawings of buildings, I was really keen
to take some with me as well. And I always have brought watercolours to
travel journal with, you might have seen them in my Nice travel video? I don’t remember if I showed it but I’m
pretty sure it was my cheapy, off brand watercolour palette. The paint tin is a bit big and an awkward
shape, doesn’t fit in my pencil case. I also did wanna step up the quality of my
paints, since I am kind of rediscovering my love of watercolour. And as luck would have it- and I am a true
believer in fate- about a week before I headed off, Steve Padden who is the creator of the
Portable Painter contacted me, asked if I’d like to try a sample of this nifty thing. I watched a few reviews and unboxings for
it and it just looked ideal. So it actually arrived a day before we were
flying out. One thing I will say, I was quite apprehensive
with it because I’ve never filled up my own palette before. I’ve been looking into it. You might remember me talking in one of my
30 ways videos about how I do struggle with tube watercolours, and a lot of people commented
saying they had the same issue and found that a great solution was to just dry them out
in half pans of whatever. So I had looked into it, but thankfully, the
little leaflet that comes with this thing also directed me to their website where they
have videos from a few creators about how to fill pans, what colours you might want
to take, the difference in cheap and expensive ones. Really helped, and that evening, you can see
the sun going down in this footage, this was the night before we were leaving and I still
hadn’t packed yet, but I picked out a few colours and I filled my half pans. Had a bit of difficulty at first but kind
of started to figure it out. But yeah it’s basically, just realised I
didn’t even explain it properly, its a portable paint pallete, it folds out, the outer casing
becomes two pots for your water, one for cleaning your brush, one for wetting it. The two pots also act as a stand so you can
put this down wherever. My favourite way to use it was actually on
my lap, so with the sides holding it onto my thigh. You know how when you sit down and your thigh
just expands, this is the one time I’m actually grateful for that, cos it actually holds this
so comfortably and sturdily, even with water in it i felt confident it wouldnt fall. Um theres a little paintbrush that folds out
and has a finer point inside. I know I’m going on about this a lot I just
honestly think its so nifty. I’m really grateful to Steve, who seems
like such a nice guy by the way, its just one of those clever inventions, done just
right. He also really kindly sent me an extra Portable
Painter, which is one of the surprises included in the giveaway bundle. It’s been really hard to keep that a secret! But that’s it. It all fits into this pencil case that I think
is actually a make-up bag, I got it as part of a monthly beauty subscription I was signed
up to at the time. Before I go off on any more tangents, I haven’t
had a proper nights sleep since I got back, I need to finish unpacking. I’m hoping to make a few videos related
to travel journalling, this’ll be a short maybe 3-5ish episode series. If there are any topics you’d like me to
cover, please let me know down below. And let me know if you’d be interested in
a kind of new york blog maybe! I did a bit of filming but I don’t know
if that’s something anyone would really wanna see. And of course I’ll see you all soon with
some painting and drawing videos too! Thanks for watching guys! Bye!

100 thoughts on “Travel Journal Tips #1 · What’s in My Bag (ft. Portable Painter) · semiskimmedmin

  1. I would love to see your New York vlog! Please do it 🙂 Also looking forward to seeing inside your NY travel journal (hopefully?) – it looks very enticing with those little bits and pieces sticking out of it 🙂 x

  2. that printable palette is amazing!!! also I would love to see a vlog style video of your trip!! I would also like to see inside your sketchbook or maybe a video on how you travel journal. I like to hear you are enjoying the Stillman and Birn sketchbook. I also like that you are doing more of a Omni sketchbook. That's what I do!

  3. This came out just in time! I'm leaving for Australia in a few weeks and I've been needing tips for traveling artists

  4. The New York vlog would be cool! And a video like how to do quick watercolor studies when painting outside. There are lots of them on Youtube but I'd love to see your take on it 🙂

  5. Maybe you could do a video on how you get you inspiration for filling your travel sketchbook and how to fill one up. (Btw I loved your video)

  6. Congrats to the giveaway winner! This video comes at such a good time; I'm headed out on my first trip out of the country in two days! doing my first ever travel journal and I'm quite excited.

  7. You came to DC cool! You shoulda let me host an event for you at one of the clubs. Did you have fun? Guys must have been all over you! Lol. Appreciation of Sistas is one of the perks I LOVE about living here. Lol. Did you hit any restaurants while you where here?

  8. Ahh, I was ok with not winning until I found out the portable palette was in there…I'm dying inside! But on a happy note, yes I want to see more about your trip.

  9. app for your travel guide, free on google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nymasoft.takemethere

  10. That's so funny since I just posted a video similar to this one of my travel art kit. Awesome to know what you carry as well.

  11. one more tips for dealing with artblocks : watching Minnie Small's videos ^=^
    (based on personal experience) xoxoxo 😉

  12. i would love it if you made more videos going in depth with travel sketchbooks!! and the new york vlogs sound really neat too

  13. Yay I loved it! The intro was super cute and it's always such a pleasure to watch your videos! That travel kit looks bomb ugh yes
    Also congrats Christine! Even though I'm secretly jealous af heheheh

  14. I'm so excited for the travel sketching series! Can you talk about how do you draw the building and people quickly? I'm going on a trip to Europe soon with my friend, I really hope I'm not making her wait too long if I'm drawing on location! Thanks!!!

  15. would love to see how you find inspiration and how you decide what to draw and write about while youre traveling!

  16. a travel series would be great as i am new to sketch booking and plan to take a sketch book with me when i go to Greece later this year. tips on urban sketching would be great in particular. keep up the fantastic channel.

  17. I'd love to see your process & tips on sitting down at sites and sketching the surroundings! I'm going to Greece this summer, so this series couldn't have come at a better time

  18. This was helpful, I'm actually getting ready to travel to London for the first time from the US. I'd love to hear more about ways to organize a travel journal. What info do you document?

  19. Thanks so much for all the great info. I will definitely check out that travel watercolor product.

  20. Winsor & Newton half pans fit the Portable Painter almost perfectly. I use a little blu-tack to keep the pans more firmly in place, but a little overly wet brush activity will create a paint-based glue if you don't have that option available. In any event, the Portable Painter is worth every penny.

  21. Wow thanks for this video its again and as always very nice and i want this watercolor thing too! I just came across some older videos of you showing your travel journals ! I really like them!!! Looking forward to seeing your travel journal of new york! And: Yes! I want to see the "Volg"-Thing too – i think from your channel there is nothing at all that will "bore" me at all!!! 😉 😀 love everything and really admire you and your art – I did by the way also started a channel about improoving my art and trying to get into an university for illustration – It would be sooo cool if you can -having time and nerves – check out my drawings and give me some advice, tips or opinion!

  22. i'd love to see your new york vlog! you're amazing minnie- love your channel heaps. if you're doing your travel series, could you maybe do one on how you actually film your travel vlogs and or find your inspiration?? love from australia:)

  23. Good job! Thank you for the video! I am also a painter and have just finished my new work, this is a pug drawing. I hope you will enjoy! 🙂

  24. hi! pretty random but, i love your videos! you have such a soothing voice and your advices, tours, etc. seems really nice ♡. i was never a fan of this kinds of things but idk, u just seem like a very good person. have a nice day!

    edit: question, did u ever go to an art school? if yes, then what art school?

  25. I want to see a NY vlog! Also, looking forward to the travel journal series! I don't really even travel but still find it fascinating and beautiful to see travel journals.

  26. Hey Minnie, I've just recently found your channel and watched all of your videos and well there's nothing more I can say other than, I am very impressed, your art is incredible, I adore your landscape drawings! And all of your videos are so inspirational and motivational, making me want to do more for my channel, as I've kinda neglected it.. Anyways I just wanted to say that you are awesome and I won't be stopping watching your videos any time soon! Keep up the magnificent job in bot art and editing videos! c: Cheers!

  27. I just randomly found your channel and really appreciate your positive energy and super calming voice. Looking forward to checking out the rest of your videos 🙂

  28. I just saw one video of you but i already subscribed! You seem to be really charismatic, nice and your content is very "teaching". I am looking forward to watch your other videos : 3 Greets from a german follower/fangirl ^^

  29. Yes, please do a travel vlog! I'd love to see all the things you did in conjunction with what you're filling your travel journal with

  30. I love using watercolor pencils… just a dab of water on the end of your pencil and you have paint:-) a cap full of water or a water brush!! sketch a few lines in pencil and add a few dabs of paint with the pencil or just a few lines and add water:-) so easy… also you can mix colors on a separate piece of paper so you really only need a few basic pencils and travel light:-) You can do this with watercolor markers like tombow as well…

  31. Hiya Minnie, in one of your videos you showed us a bed table where it is nice and neat to draw on but l cant find your video anywhere! Could you please tell me what its called? <3

  32. The portable painter looks awesome! I have been using plastic ice cream cups for my water, but having everything in one is such a nice idea. I would love some tips on how to actually make time to paint when you are exploring somewhere new. I find that actually making time when you are there is super hard, and especially since I seldom travel alone. 🙂

  33. I was wondering about something. It's really hard for me to do artwork outside because I get uncomfortable around people and I need space to sit everything and to sit comfortably . Does anyone else have that problem? How do you deal with it?
    ps. I love your hairstyle and supplies!
    Plus you have really pretty hands.

  34. I love how lightweight you went with your travel journal set! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Also loved the way you sounded and how informative and clear you've been with everything 🙂

  35. Nice video, love your accent. Your absolutely stunning and someone should be painting you!

  36. you should try out the Sakura Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sets, i've been using mine for years and love it. It's super portable and adorable and the brush it comes with is pretty good too!

  37. Thats so crazy! I am from South Africa and literally was in New York the same time as you based on what you say in this video. Did you hear any choirs walking around singing? We sang all over, including busses, trains, pavements and carnegie hall 🙂 It would be such a rad coincidence if we passed u by 🙂

  38. You were in Washington, DC and I didn't get to meet you. Dang. Next time let me know and we'll do some painting together. Love this painting palette you showed, I'm going to have to order it now.

  39. There isn’t a video of yours that I don’t like. Listening to you helps me collect my thoughts and spark my creativity! Thank you for always posting and sharing! 🙏🏽💕💕

  40. Have you ever tried watercolour pencils? Handy for travel,comes with a brush in the box, and sometimes I'll use the pencils but wet it later.. loving your videos..i've been in quit the rut lately and they seem to help me focus. 💕

  41. Hello, I just wanted to say I found this types of videos very interesting as I do travel journals too, and I am always trying to catch new tips an ideas for the pages itsef as for upgrading my tools. So yes, please do more. Thank you!

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