Day 5: How to Backpack with a Travel Watercolor Kit

This is Day 5 of the 31 day series on “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” I expected lightweight backpacking to be a hobby. Instead it has transformed me for the better.

I use to not hike with art supplies. For that matter, I’d been going through an art making slump. Mostly that’s due to having too many art supplies. It was all too complicated to get to the point of just creating.

Since I obsessively reviewed the contents of my backpacking backpack, I finally got around to make a ultralight (UL) watercolor kit. All together my art watercolor kit weighs 8.6 oz. Now that I have a portable art set, I find that I paint more at home. 

My UL Watercolor Kit: the plastic paint box from this demo, two water brushes, a squeezable container for refilling the water brushes, a spray bottle for activating the paints in the trays, paper towels, and blank watercolor postcards.

I adore the water brushes. I was introduced to them at an art class in Yosemite. (The Yosemite Conservancy art classes are the best kept secret in Yosemite Valley. Their art classes are $15 for a 4 hour class.)

Cleaning the water brushes is a breeze! First you fill up the hollow brush handles with water. Then you squeeze the plastic handle to get the water to flow through the bristles. Brush it on a paper towel and it’s clean no time! Check out the water brush selection* on Amazon, they come in a variety of brush shapes.

Has backpacking got you back into making art? Are there any fellow painters, photographers or found object sculptors out there? Which art supplies do you carry when you’re hiking?

But wait there’s more

For the entire month of October I’ll be daily posting about, “How backpacking has enriched my daily life.” Go here to see the Table of Contents.

Day 4 – Dairy is Poison to My Body or so I Thought

Day 6 – Clip-On Sunglasses are Cool, at Least for Lightweight Backpackers

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6 thoughts on “Day 5: How to Backpack with a Travel Watercolor Kit”

  1. I am not a backpacker but I do enjoy day hikes. I carry a sketchbook, some pencils and a small camera for art supplies. I might try to put together a watercolor kit like you show here because sometimes I want color on my sketches but I don’t want to carry a lot of extra.

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    1. Hi Lori! It’s lovely having a fellow artist stop by. The watercolor kits are really fun to make. My mom and I made some as hostess gifts for when we went on vacation earlier this year. It’s fun spreading some creativity. Thank you for leaving a comment.

  2. How wonderful is this! I have been trying to learn to watercolor. And hiking is something I am also interested in, although I have never been on anything more than a few hour hike. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share!

    1. Hi Nichelle! Welcome to my site. Thanks for leaving a comment. It’s really fun making your own watercolor kit. Let me know if you have any questions if you make one. Have a good night.

  3. I’m popping over from your mom’s blog. My daughter is a painter and she gifted me a small travel watercolor kit. I’ll have to weigh it!

    1. Hi Willow! Thank you so much for checking out my site. I’ll be sure to give my mom an extra hug for giving my blog a shout out. Do you have a photo of your watercolor kit? I’m mildly obsessed with them. They are so cute! That was very sweet of your daughter to give that to you. I’m heading over to your site now to see what it’s all about. Have a wonderful day!

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