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Grisaille copy of Jacques-Louis David's Patroclus, oil on linen, 48 x 78.
Grisaille copy of Jacques-Louis David’s Patroclus, oil on linen, 48 x 78.

At this time of year, we all travel so much that it can be a real challenge to figure out how to bring our painting supplies with us when we visit family and friends. Whether you are driving across state lines or packing a bag that has to get through customs or airport security, here are a few ways to lighten your load and avoid mishaps when you travel with your art.

Art supplies are sizeable and take up a lot of room. It might be worth the purchase to buy a travel kit of oil painting supplies that reduces what you have to lug around.

Think about minimizing your supplies by bringing only a single color, black, and white. You could also create a series of grisaille paintings, further reducing the supplies you need.  You could use earth tones as well.

If you are flying, wrap your paints and label them with an equivalent to: “art supplies. Please rewrap and secure.” That way the person poking through your bag at least understands what they are dealing with and hopefully will let them through security.

Don’t forget that you can buy when you get there. I sometimes make a point of not bringing something I’ll need when I travel-—it’s an excuse to shop. And hopefully you’ll discover a new small business that sells art supplies that would greatly appreciate your patronage.

And remember that painting insight and art instruction isn’t all about bringing your studio library everywhere you go. Customize the art resources that you take with you when you are traveling with eBooks and downloadable art essentials from the North Light Shop. And right now get 40% off using the coupon code 12DEALS40 when you check out.

Here’s to the start of a Happy Holiday (art) season!

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About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.