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.