Travel Journaling Supplies

The following are some basic supplies you can use to record your travel memories:

A sketchbook: hard-bound or spiral. You’ll find a wide selection of choices at any art supply store. If you’re working with watercolor paints, you’ll want to purchase a heavier paper—140-lbs. will work nicely.

Graphite pencils: The degree of hardness is designated by the number and letter, with HB being in the medium range. The soft grades range from 6B to 9B, which is the softest. Hard pencils are graded from H to 10H, which is the hardest.

Pens: A black, fine-point marker such as a Pigma Micron or a Gelly Roll by Sakura.

Watercolor paints: I’ve found that a small, pocket set of travel watercolors (12-14 colors) complete with a telescoping brush, are great to use when you’re sketching away from home. Both Winsor & Newton (ColArt Americas, P.O. Box 1396, Piscataway NJ 08855-1369. Tel: 732/562-0770. Web site: and Daler-Rowney (2 Corporate Drive, Cranbury NJ 08512-9584. Web site: make sets that will work well for you.

Colored pencils: Ten to 12 colors should be enough to bring along.

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Heather Galloway is associate paintings conservator at the Intermuseum Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio.

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