I’ve doodlewashed most of my art supplies in a previous post, so I figured I’d share the origin of my little travel palette. In the very first month I started painting, Philippe bought me Joe Miller’s Travel Painter Set and I was thrilled! I love this thing as it’s both small, which I love, and is filled with shiny things, which I also love. I didn’t have it with me today at lunch when I did a quick sketch, so I had to draw this from the original ad image and then I added the first colors I used to fill it. This palette comes empty and I didn’t have my own tube paints at the time, so Philippe let me borrow his. I’m not entirely sure what colors I used. Before the month was up, I had already figured out a little mod that let me add 6 more empty half pans to it for a total of 18. This is the version that I painted for the World Watercolor Group banner. And I’ve grown rather attached to it, so I’ve never changed to anything else.

Back then, I had high hopes of traveling around sketching and painting, but we never ended up taking a trip. I used it during the month I sketched my own city, of course, but after that I switched to subjects around my home or ones so unusual, there I had to use photo references. I’m going to bring this along with me to Paris though and see if I can finally put it to its proper use. It comes with 2 metal canisters for water and 2 cups, that fold down flat and can be covered when not in use. Despite the incredibly small size at just 6-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ x 2″, Joe Miller’s Travel Painter Set can hold everything I use to sketch and paint, and if I chose too, even a smaller sketchbook. I’m not in any way affiliated with Cheap Joe’s, but when you love something this month, you just gotta rave about it!

Coincidentally, Joe is actually participating in the September #WorldWatercolorGroup art challenge, and has made some fabulous entries on the Facebook page, so you should definitely check them out! This was pretty cool to see since I have Joe to thank for most of my current tiny art studio. Even though I haven’t been using it for actual travel, it’s the perfect size to house my supplies and break them out again when I go to paint on my little corner of the kitchen counter. This one was quick and loose as I’m trying to practice painting faster in preparation for my trip. Soon, I’ll finally be able to use this little kit properly. It’s been waiting over a year to go on a trip with me. Finally, we’ll both get the chance to enjoy each other’s company in the best way I can imagine, while sketching and painting in The City of Light.

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About the Doodlewash

M. Graham Watercolors:  Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue for everything except the palette which additionally contains: Azo Yellow, Azo Orange, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Teal, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Quinacridone Gold, Dioxazine Purple, and Neutral Tint. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
Day 14 #WorldWatercolorGroup My Travel Paint Kit - Joe Miller's Travel Painter Set from Cheap Joe's Art Stuff
Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

33 replies on “My Travel Paint Kit

  1. How nice Charlie your painting kit looks great! And would be perfect for your trip to Paris ohh I love Paris! I have been there twice years ago before I moved to US I had a lovely trip around France touching many other beautiful places. Wish you wonderful time when you are over there and paint lovely sketches for us to see!😉❤

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  2. Oh Charlie – you get to take that little beauty to Paris in less than two weeks! Oh the journey it will take and the beautiful creations it will help you create! Can’t wait – for both of you! teeheehee!

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    1. Yeah… I feel bad for continuing to brag about it when I discovered it’s not easily available outside the U.S. I’m sure there’s something even cooler over there though that I couldn’t get my hands on! And since I have so few art supplies I won’t feel guilty about shopping for more while I’m there! Lol 😉

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  3. It,s a lovely travel-painting-kit. Philippe has a good feeling for beautiful things!
    I can understand how worthfull this special kit is for you.

    And now I am waiting for your doodlewashes from Paris!
    You send them right away on your trip?
    In between have a good time Charlie!

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    1. Thanks so much, Margriet! 😃💕 Yeah… Philippe is the best gifter ever… he also bought me my Escoda travel brush kit and primary fountain pen! I do plan to continue blogging while in Paris when I can. I know I’ll have things to post, but the writing part might be short! 😉


  4. I’m so impressed with how quickly you paint – your art looks like it takes much time. I love this piece, partly because it’s something that you love, but also for the contrast between the black and white of the majority against the bright pop of the watercolors. A very special art travel kit.

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  5. As much joy from the equipment as the doodlewashes themselves! Sounds a winner! An impressive piece of kit, with all its shiny bits and bobs. I will look forward to your urban sketching á Paris, exciting stuff!

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  6. The last several short trips I’ve taken my Watercolor 31 Days pouch full of goodies to paint, but sadly didn’t take it out at all. Not even at night back in my hotel/Inn room. Getting in late, and having very early wake-up calls didn’t help…or were the excuse I came up with.

    Your travel kit looks lovely! No matter where you sketch and paint I know it will be lovely. I’m looking forward to seeing Paris through your eyes/watercolor paintings.

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah! 😃💕 What? you didn’t take it out? I usually tell people to just open a sketchbook and just start scribbling like it’s a piece of an old receipt no matter how tired they think they are! Lol Then you’ve begun drawing, which is the hard part, and the rest is easy! 😉

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