I get a lot of questions about what type of paints and materials I use in my portable studio setup. While the trek to my location dictates much of what I bring, I generally have a few of the following items on me when I work on location.
I am obsessed with Moleskine notebooks. They are incredibly durable, which is important to me as I am pretty hard on my sketchbooks - I throw them in packs and purses, so they get a lot of mileage. I have never had a bad experience with Moleskine products and their range of sizes is really great. For painting I use their watercolor A4, Large, and Pocket sizes, which are heavy paper, 200 gsm, 25% cotton fibre cold pressed, identical on both sides, acid free, neutral PH, archive quality. These pages can take some serious abuse and layers with minimal warping.
For notes and general visual observations I use their basic cahier journals - I like these because they come in a three pack, and fit nicely in the back pocket of the larger sketchbooks. You can also paint and scribble on these in a pinch, they don't hold up as well as the watercolor books, but the pages still take a pretty good beating.
I will scribble with just about anything I can get my hands on - but these are just a few of my favorite brands/products that travel well and make nice marks. One trick to minimize the amount of stuff you are shlepping, is to narrow your palette before you leave, generally I bring a few basic colors and add any detail work or final touches once I am back in my studio.+ Micron Fine Line Pens - strong lines, good life, archival.
+ Fixatif is a must, I prefer final fix as it allows me to work overtop layers, but workable fix is nice if you know you have more work to do on a particular work back in the studio.
I try to shove a few pre-scribbled works into the pages of my sketchbook, its nice to have a visual prompt for the body of work I am on at the moment. Additionally more containers are never a bad idea, and a trusty scraper or old credit card to move paint or cover a mistake helps in a pinch.
I have linked to my favorite brands above, so if you are interested in trying anything out you can see what I use - these are not affiliate links, I just love these products a lot!
Until next time, you can find me in the woods or at the beach, scribbling in the sun!