Travel Pens, Brushes, Pencils and other Essential Tools
The photo above shows a few more items than the bare essentials. I can easily omit the ink brush and the Sepia fine-tip marker. I use the kneaded eraser only for architectural sketches. I’m doing more of those lately, so it is quickly becoming an essential, though I’m perfectly happy without it. The photo shows only one fountain pen. To be truthful, I usually bring at least two, sometimes three in case I run out of ink when it is inconvenient to refill it or if I want to switch from a fine nib to a medium nib. I use only Noodler’s Black Ink in my fountain pens when I travel. It is the only one that I can be sure won’t clog my pens.
This is above and beyond what I need, but it is what I bring when I will be staying in one place for awhile. Notice that there are six fountain pens! I only packed three, but couldn’t resist buying three more in Paris. They are inexpensive, student pens that work beautifully. I haven’t seen them in the States. There are an additional two markers, one that has a black ink tip on one end and a gray ink tip on the other. The other is an additional Micron Marker. The mini Altoid tin is for the architectural value studies using Raw Umber Violet watercolor. I bring along the white gouache … just in case …
The short, black tool is my Da Vinci #6 Travel Brush that I adore.
I’ll be writing more about travel brushes and fountain pens … eventually.