It’s September and time for a brand new Doodlewash Adventure! This month is going to be all about favorite travel memories, from trips taken in the past to travels taking place right this moment. And when it comes to travel, I’m definitely one who likes to pack light and not deal with a bunch of luggage. Just one modestly sized suitcase for my checked luggage and this little bag with essentials to bring onto the plane. I found this Jack Spade bag years ago and it was the perfect size, so I’ve never found anything to replace it. I’m not sure if it was popular, because it’s diminutive size genuinely qualifies it as a man purse. But I love it! It’s joined me on business trips, visiting beaches and traveling all over Europe, so the bag itself brings back wonderful memories every time I look at it.
Even though this one is small, just around 8.75″ x 10″ (22.2cm x 25.4cm), it holds my sketchbook, iPad mini, phone, and entire watercolor sketching studio, with a pocket in the back to slide in my passport and tickets. It’s wildly colored bright orange interior, primarily there for a fun look, is actually awesome because you can easily see everything inside, or locate a pencil that rolled to the bottom. I nearly had buyer’s remorse when I bought this as these bags don’t come cheap. But, over 10 years later, it still looks gently worn. This makes me happy as I don’t need a large bag to prove I’m manly, I just want my little bag to carry all my essentials around without weighing me down.
When this little bag came with me on my previous journeys, I hadn’t yet picked up a fountain pen or even thought about painting with watercolor. So, I’m excited to give it a new use in Paris later this month as it transports my sketching supplies for the first time ever. I’m equally excited to doodlewash for the first time while I’m there. Truth be told, I actually brought a sketchbook to Paris with me two years ago, but never even opened it. I guess I was just waiting for watercolor to spark my creative urges. That’s what happens when you find something you truly love. Whether it’s finally finding the perfect medium for you, or sporting a tiny man purse that is likely out of fashion, but still the perfect travel bag for making wonderful new memories.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Azo Green, Permanent Green Pale, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!