What’s In My Travel Bag? | A Look at My Watercolor Travel Supplies & Sketchbook

Hello friends! Today we’re looking inside my travel bag – er, bags plural! Please check the description below for links to all of the supplies in this video, as well as links to videos I referenced! Supplies are listed in order of appearance in the video. The first link is for Amazon, and the second is for Jackson’s where applicable.

*** Contents of the Smaller Red Panda Bag ***
Denise’s Zipper Pouches: https://etsy.me/2IJZOn0
Portable Painter: https://amzn.to/2IIfNSD | https://bit.ly/2IrmVPU
Faber Castell Dust Free Eraser: https://amzn.to/2Iundpi | https://bit.ly/2L5tFo4
Pilot Eno Colored Mechanical Pencils: https://amzn.to/2IMnsiE
Col-Erase Prismacolor Pencils: https://amzn.to/2rOV5ps
Micron Fine Liners: https://amzn.to/2rNiiJE | https://bit.ly/2GrcMRc
Uniball Signo Angelic: https://amzn.to/2L87jm4
Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes: https://amzn.to/2Ioy7wy | https://bit.ly/2wPjhOo

*** Contents of the Larger Bear Bag ***
Denise’s Zipper Pouches: https://etsy.me/2IJZOn0
Handbook Travelogue Watercolor Journal: https://amzn.to/2IsytT4
Palomino Blackwing Pencil: https://amzn.to/2GsTJ9u | https://bit.ly/2IMqpje
Faber Castell Dust Free Eraser: https://amzn.to/2Iundpi | https://bit.ly/2L5tFo4
Pentel Aquash Waterbrushes: https://amzn.to/2Ioy7wy | https://bit.ly/2wPjhOo
Sakura Micron Fine Liners: https://amzn.to/2rNiiJE | https://bit.ly/2GrcMRc
Faber Castell Pitt Pen Fine Liners: https://amzn.to/2IIZk0j | https://bit.ly/2L54jH2
Uniball Signo White Gel Pen: https://amzn.to/2IMosTW
Pilot Eno Colored Mechanical Pencils: https://amzn.to/2IMnsiE
Artgraft Water Soluble Graphite – Sepia: https://amzn.to/2IunWXy
Artgraft Water Soluble Graphite – Dark Brown: https://amzn.to/2Iuoe0A | https://bit.ly/2IOzNTq
Artgraf Water Soluble Graphite (Earth Tone Set of 6): https://amzn.to/2IIZk0j | https://bit.ly/2KwdRtI
Meeden 12 Half Pan Tin: https://amzn.to/2L5zIcw | https://bit.ly/2rRP5fY
Meeden 24 Half Pan Tin: https://amzn.to/2IuYZeB | https://bit.ly/2rRP5fY
Denise’s Stickers (penguins, giraffe, and others): https://etsy.me/2GsUQ9a

Using the links above for Amazon or Jackson’s will help support this channel without costing you anything more. Thank you so much for your consideration!

*** Videos Referenced ***
Top 12 Travel Colors: https://youtu.be/G3AwaS7ldiA
Let’s Talk Water Brushes: https://youtu.be/uMK0ToCdx8E
Favorite Watercolor Journals: https://youtu.be/_2uZgGaxyd8
John Muir Laws Green Slide for Value: https://youtu.be/JQtlExsWe0Q?t=39m48s

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  1. Mary Prasad on June 21, 2018 at 12:28 am

    I love seeing what art supplies people travel with – thanks for sharing yours! If you are interested, I recently posted about a hybrid water brush I made for travel – it has a sable hair tip and water brush base. I love it – works so much better than the nylon/plastic bristles. If you don’t like using animal based products, maybe there is mimic/faux hair tip you can buy (I haven’t looked into it though).

  2. Kim Sargeant on June 21, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Hi Denise. I do enjoy your work. I just checked out your etsy shop and am disappointed that your travel bags are gone. Do you plan to have more made? I think they are great and love the red panda. Wonder if you would consider having the sea turtle made into a bag?

  3. astrog8tr on June 21, 2018 at 12:29 am

    I don’t know why, but i love seeing what other people bring for travel (much more so than studio supplies). Loved your video. Yes, I love the Faber Castile erasers. Why people still like art gum?! I have some binder clips, empty slide (for figuring out my view), and a small natural sponge. Have yet to use any of these though. I really like the sock idea.

  4. Azzu Paris on June 21, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Hi Denise, I really like the pouches and they are big enough to store many supplies. Also, your sketches are beautiful! Thanks for sharing this video 😊

  5. Elf Lords Journeys on June 21, 2018 at 12:34 am

    You cram a lot of cool stuff in those cool bags,I love the socks.😀

  6. arleebean on June 21, 2018 at 12:34 am

    WOAH That graphite zebra is so so gorgeous 😍😍😍 I really loved getting to see what you carry with you when you travel. :] ❤️

  7. Jessica Sobel on June 21, 2018 at 12:35 am

    That zebra is awesome!! This video is so helpful!
    Do you think you will have any bags with your painted dog on them??

  8. Loati on June 21, 2018 at 12:36 am

    When I use watercolors I always get really harsh border lines in every color that I apply even if I try to blend and I don’t know if it’s my fault, the paints fault or the paper’s. And If I try to blend once a little dry it lifts of or mixes too much with the other colors

  9. Ashly DeBoard Art on June 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I love your Zebra! It made me want the artgraph sets! Curious about the lightfastness of the earth tones and primary set though. I can’t find any info. I searched before I asked. I’ve heard graphitent are not soooo I’m hoping these are.

  10. Tiffany Grey on June 21, 2018 at 12:38 am

    Your Sketchbook sure holds some masterpieces! Wowsers! And with your big ‘ol hand shadow impeding on your light makes it all that more impressive. I still don’t like water brushes so what I pack a cleaned out Pringles can to store my regular brushes and they just go on the road with me. It’s all very high class. 🤗

  11. ALLJArt on June 21, 2018 at 12:38 am

    So weird I saw this video earlier and said "I’m going to watch that." Then, when I came to find it again it had gone from my sub box, had to come to your channel to find it! Got it now though lol. I am always curious to see what people carry with them! Everyone is so different but there are always some staples in a travel bag! P.S The bags are gorgeous with your art on them and I loved seeing your sketches in your sketchbook <3

  12. TheHomegrownArtist on June 21, 2018 at 12:39 am

    Omg the sick idea is ingenious

  13. Sophie Peach on June 21, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful drawings I’m gonna eventually buy the large pouch, I do a lot of watercolour but have really gotten into alcohol markers lately ❤️

  14. Kay Texfolkart on June 21, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Wish I’d have known—- I’m just outside Austin!

  15. Gail Olson on June 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Loved your sketches – especially the zebra. Will you be offering a version of it in your etsy store? You really, really should.

  16. Robin Tynan on June 21, 2018 at 12:43 am

    I like your travel bag, I’m interested in the travel journal. I am very new to painting but I like urban sketching. I don’t have a pouch because I need super fast access to my materials so they live in an outer pocket of my back pack or in a hip pouch. I take a Stillman & Birn Zeta 5×3" pad, two fountain pens (flex nib with black waterproof ink and fine nib loaded with a violet ink) a Dynasty Black Gold 1/4" dagger brush, a water jar, rag and temporary tin of cheap student grade watercolours.
    I’ve just got some Pentel waterbrushes and am trying to learn how to use them best. I have an actual empty travel tin arriving soon as well as a set of QOR earth tones which I’m excited for!

  17. Julia Schmidt on June 21, 2018 at 12:44 am

    so in love with that Zebra <3

  18. Oana's Illustrations on June 21, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Great video. I use a pencil case for my painting gear and I have my sketchbook separately, which I now use as a watercolor journal. Sspeaking off… I just thinking while watching your sketches that you could also try and mix lettering around your sketches and comment on them (things like where did you see you reference, what is it… what did you do that day… and so on). Just an idea 🙂
    I love that you also use ink in your sketches, just as me.
    Can’t wait fo another video!

  19. Tracy Knits on June 21, 2018 at 12:49 am

    Wow Denise…your pouches must be selling like hotcakes tonight! I just got one of the Cheshire cat ones (LOVE IT) for my pens and supplies.

  20. A .Vultink on June 21, 2018 at 12:49 am

    That zebra!!! LOVE IT & I am so GLAD you like the white nights, It is my favorite paint for my sketchbooks and I am Pleased that my drooling on those paints didnt disapoint you 🙂

  21. Regina Oliver on June 21, 2018 at 12:52 am

    The sock trick is totally awesome!

  22. Casiah Lewis on June 21, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I think Grackles are hilarious too, I love their antics but most people I know give me a hard time for liking them because they think they are a nuisance or annoying. I don’t care I get excited anytime I see one and they are pretty common where I live. Thanks for showing us whats in your travel bags, I’ve been trying to do more on the go painting so I was excited to see you had uploaded this video.

  23. Lilian S. on June 21, 2018 at 12:53 am

    I absolutely love those pouches! I’m really hoping to be able to get the red panda one at some point. 😀

  24. Samantha Glorioso on June 21, 2018 at 12:54 am

    I really love this video, and I LOVE that zebra! I have the larger bag with the sea turtle and I am now sorry I didn’t get 2 bags. I usually only bring along sketching things, but now that I have my Altoid M Graham paints, I may start to bring them along. I really love my Koi waterbrushes, and have never had them leak. I have 3 other brands that I tried and don’t like, but have not yet tried the Pentels. I may have to give them a try. I use waterbrushes in my Kirby Rosanes adult coloring books with my Inktense pencils. Very relaxing!

  25. Eve Bolt - Bolt's Vault on June 21, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Nice to see your supplies when traveling, and your sketches were all really nice!! 😀

  26. Vomica Dea25 on June 21, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Love the bags

  27. Kathryn T. on June 21, 2018 at 1:00 am

    My new favorite watercolor thing is a PVA micropore sponge cloth thing called an Absorber. I have three in the Mini size. They are INCREDIBLY THIRSTY and will absorb a huge amount of water without really even feeling wet, and they rinse pretty clean in water. I’m using them for my wipe rag here at home and I bet they’d be great for a travel system too. Upside: almost infinitely reusable. Downside: not biodegradable. But for me the reusability balances it out.

  28. iris bouckaert on June 21, 2018 at 1:01 am

    The pouches are so beautifull! I think I would love to try the portable painter. I always use my 24 metal palette on the go. It holds a lot of colors and I must consider the sock idea also instead of my paper towels….good idea!!!

  29. suzanne Ardiff on June 21, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Those bags are beautiful!!! I think I use pretty much everything you do. When I am flying I take a little book light with me for better lighting. Enjoyed your uni-birds. I have been to Austin and love the Grackles (sp?). I think the are so pretty.

  30. Art of Ley Saulnier on June 21, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Thank you for such a thorough look into your travel bag! I’ve never travelled with watercolours before so it’s incredibly handy to see how other artists pack for that sort of thing. So awesome to see you grabbed some water-soluble graphite! One of my favourite artists (Nen Chang) uses it and it always looks so amazing.

    Also, I’m absolutely in love with your zebra portrait! It’s so beautiful, and I love the brown tones around its muzzle and the way you rendered the mane.

  31. kaichidraws on June 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I could not get used to water brushes. The last time I went to my hometown I heard alot of birds singing, lots of crows and a hawk. Kinda sad that I could only hear them and not see them properly. I love bringing my escodas with me they have become a fave of mine. I always love seeing your sketches in your travel sketchbook they are all gorgeous. That stag is handsome.

  32. Tara D on June 21, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I LOVE your bags. Can you please restock the red panda one and the zebra one? Pretty please? I must have them! 😀

  33. Arielle Nathanson on June 21, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Yay white nights and travel pouches! I totes got the chesire cat grin to put all my little lovelies in. I have a very similar set up. But I ditched the white pen for a dab of white gouache. And I carry a safety compass (mainly for bullet journaling not painting) and a glue stick…cause you never know. This was great tho, thanks for the content!

  34. Simon Reese on June 21, 2018 at 1:09 am

    I like to keep a little pipet with me, which is basically like a cheaper version of an eye dropper that’s disposable. It makes it a lot easier to refill the water brush and sometimes I use it if I need a lot of a really light color to get enough water on the palette. I stole it from my chemistry teacher last year and it is the only valuable thing he gave me considering I understood absolutely nothing in that class, besides the time he poured cold water on a hot piece of glass, making it shatter, and then blame me because the glass was from my experiment.

    Also my travel palette is a layered metal pencil tin, so I have my paint and mixing area on the top and everything else I need on the bottom.
    (Shameless self promo I made a video about it if anybody cares but I know no one does)

  35. Alejandro Morales on June 21, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Denise, thank you for this. I am going to Charleston on Tuesday to visit my partner who is working there until June. I have been putting together a sketch kit for travel and I love seeing your sketchbook because I want to use more watercolor on this trip than I have been lately (I primarily do figure drawing these days and it’s either ink or watercolor pencil for that … tangent: I use the sock trick during figuredrawing studio time for watercolor pencil and my Pentel Aquash! It works like a charm!). You gave me a lot of ideas of how to get lots of different kinds of sketches in. I loved the little birdicorns and the floral sketches and those bags are so lovely!

  36. Calamity Jitt on June 21, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Great overview ^.^ and here I was thinking maybe I got carried away with my own travel supplies…. 😀 I’m perfectly in the norm 😀 pentel Aquash are unbeatable and great idea with socks 🙂 I’m using small thin microfiber washcloth with Velcro in similar way 🙂 feels like it can handle more liquid and dries faster than the sock 🙂 I included some ink brushpens too, sometimes love to add the thicker ink lines than I can achieve with just fineliner 🙂

  37. grace libby on June 21, 2018 at 1:11 am

    I adore the grackles! ha.

  38. Ashton Cousins on June 21, 2018 at 1:11 am

    Our travel bags are almost identical! The only differences are: I use a caran d’ashe aqua brush so I can easily fill them with my little water container, and I use the Da Vinci travel brushes because they’re my favorite! I’d recommend you try adding a neocolor ii white for larger highlight areas. It’s perfectly compact and soooo opaque!

  39. Scarlet Pen on June 21, 2018 at 1:13 am

    Yay! I’m glad we got a look!

  40. Gracie Anna Shack Art Shack on June 21, 2018 at 1:16 am

    Great bags! and video as always!…Thank you for sharing your Art videos with us!

  41. dryad on June 21, 2018 at 1:18 am

    I was exated to see you video because it’s so helpful to see what and how other people pack for their travels!
    The watersoluble graphites looked intriguing and their colours beautiful. Your Zebra painting is stunning!!! I loved all the art you’d made on your trip, especially the doe and the unicorn birdie. 🙂
    I’d love a doe-pouch! Hint hint. ♡

  42. Craig Potter on June 21, 2018 at 1:19 am

    love the pouches!

  43. Meow Meow Kapow on June 21, 2018 at 1:20 am

    Yasssss! We all know I love me a good travel setup. I was out with a friend recently and we did some doodles and I started pulling all kiiiiiiinds of stuff out of my purse….including another purse! =>.<= hahahah. I have a problem, okay? Clearly, with your dual travel sets you get it. You’ll probably see it in a future vlog. 😀 (and yeah, I also pack a ton of stuff that never ends up getting used.) heck, maybe I’ll do a “here’s just one of my many Travel setups” video.

    I completely love your pouches! Cute pouches that function as Travel sets are obviously a weakness, and my broke butt was soooo close to getting one but I didn’t and I’m both sorry and proud of that. =>.<=

    And I used to use socks as well! You can make a really good super compact setup where you hold it all together with the cuff and it’s super handy!

    I could talk forever so I’ll stop now. =>.<=