Packing for an overseas painting adventure is a skill in itself. What to take and, more importantly, what to leave home is more significant than you might think. You want to take everything you need, but not one extra item. Here, Carole Bruno demonstrates one of the valuable skills she learned while in France.

THERE ARE TWO BASIC WAYS I LIKE TO PAINT WHEN TRAVELING (and neither of them include an easel). By the way, if you just read this blog to be amused, scroll all the way to the end. 🙂

  1. I love painting in a journal format. It’s such a good memory to take home. Opening it up and looking at the pages takes you right back to that day. Plus, you can paint additional pages after you get home, painting from the many photos you took. OR
  2. Individual paintings, not in a journal format.

PAINTING IN A JOURNAL. FUN! CHOOSING THE RIGHT JOURNAL FOR YOU is sometimes challenging, so here’s some help with making the right decision.

NOTE: Could we use one of the cool journals we made from our old paintings? Yes, we could, depending on the QUALITY OF PAPER you have inside them and the SIZE. I’ll talk more about that in a moment.

Every time I go on a painting trip I learn something. Over the years, I’ve used a lot of different journals. Here’s a photo of several of them, along with comments about what I like and DON’T like about them. Only one of these travels with me anymore. Each trip I get lighter and easier. Why am I showing you journals I no longer take on trips? So you can learn from my mistakes. I’ve been seduced by a journal more than once. Tempted to use less than 140lb. Paper, and I’ve learned the hard way! When in question, test your paper before you go.


OR you can keep it simple and do the following, which fits either way of painting – with a journal, or individual pieces.

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I think that might be enough for you to chew on this time around? I’ll let you digest that a bit, then on Thursday I’ll post a list and photo of the rest of the supplies you’ll need to pack.

One final thing. I just can’t help myself. I can’t get over how I escaped the bullet with the swimsuit caper. You want to know what I had pictured in my mind? Here you go…and besides, if you’ve read this far, I think you deserve a bit of ‘eye candy’, don’t you? he, he.

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Thanks so much for reading and stay warm out there! More on Thursday…

Kathie xo

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