Travel Tips for outdoor painters – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Travel Tips for outdoor painters, I will share a couple of ideas that apply at home as well as abroad.

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Baking paper


Baking paper is sometimes called “parchment” in the UK. It is also available with a foil backing so it can be confusing unless you have a local guide. Home Brand parchment is very reasonably priced in the UK. This paper is as useful in the studio as it is in the kitchen! Its chief advantage for acrylics is that it can protect and separate surfaces without sticking or damage. The paint must be dry of course.

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Sealable pots for medium

Sealable pots

To carry small amounts of your “favourite” colours or medium, try the plastic containers for salad dressing made by Decor. They have snap-on lids which seal well. It helps to use a little bit of blu-tack to settle the pot into place when it is open, as well as a dob to stick the lid nearby. The only catch is to remember to recap the pot before you fold up your kit!

More tips coming soon. You might be familiar with the ones I have given so far. If not, great! Otherwise I trust you will find a gem as the series goes on.



An Outdoor Painter’s Travel Tips: Part 1

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Travel tips are fairly easy to come by. But tips for travelling outdoor painters may be harder to find.

Recently I suggested that it was a good idea to find a used cabin bag for transporting your kit. The one I bought (quite cheaply) is a bit temperamental with uneven ground. It has trouble righting itself and can try to sidle across the road, once it has bounced over the kerb. Minor disaster only but currently on a good behaviour bond.

So, what else can help?

The palette

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CD case as palette

I am lucky enough to have, thanks to a painting friend, a metal CD box which works well as a palette box. It was a novelty package for a film called “The Last Stand” and would be a rarity.

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The two sides each hold half a sheet of palette paper neatly. Tiny dots of blu-tack keep the sheets in place if you are heading out for a windy day.

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ready to use

If you happen to see one of these metal CD cases, snap it up!

Water pots

Collapsible water containers are useful for outdoor painters, travelling or not. These are very cheap to buy at an art shop. A few years ago I trialled a folding water container designed for pets. It was made from stiff nylon canvas and sat up well. Alas, after about an hour it began to leak. Definitely not intended for a painter’s purpose!

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collapsible water pot

I carry two sizes, just as they are sold. The larger one is useful for the first rinse or two. Final rinse happens in the smaller one. No surprises about which pot of water gets murky first, but generally, with a lot of brush wiping between rinses these two pots of water last a full three or four hour session.

More tips coming. Keep an eye out!