Grasshopper and Sensei and I are huge fans of watercolor painting. We are especially fond of travel size watercolor kits, even though we rarely paint en plein air. We have fantasies of painting outside while on vacation or at an art museum; fantasies that never come to pass. It’s probably because we don’t have the right art supplies. That’s right! That’s our reason and we are sticking to it.
If only … if only we had these kits. We’d be painting up a storm! Here’s a sampling of some of the art we’ve produced over the years, sadly indoors, and not with these irresistible travel watercolor kits. But if you want to know what to get us for our birthdays or Christmas — hint, hint to relatives reading — now you know!
Watercolor Travel Kit Gift Guide
This is really good paint because it’s very pigmented. It comes in a metal container which folds out so there’s more mixing room.
This pocket-sized watercolor travel set has 12 half pans of colors in a plastic box with a mixing palette in the lid.
Winsor & Newton Cotman Brush Pen Set, $22
This is a watercolor paint set with 12 half pans PLUS Windor & Newton water brush pen.
This kit has 18 water colors pans, with a refillable water brush and sponge.
This set also includes an 8ml Tube of Ivory Black watercolor paint and 14 Half Pans with Water Well. The mixing tray with five sections is built-in. It also comes with a Size 5 Field Brush. This is perfect for Plein Air painting outdoors or indoors while traveling.
Holbein Travel Set, $56
This is a nice compact kit with 12 Holbein Professional transparent watercolors pans.
This kit has everything including 24 pans of watercolor, water brush, and 15 sheet watercolor postcard pad.
Pentel Aqua Brush, $7.50
These brushes are really good for travel and painting outside because you don’t need to dip a brush into a pot of water, you can just squeeze out water from the barrel.
This watercolor pad is 4 x 6 inches. It’s made of 15 sheets of 14o pound cold pressed watercolor paper. You can use these cards as actual postcards; address and message areas are on the back. Use this paper for watercolor, gouache, pastels, and artists pens. It’s the perfect size for a travel watercolor painting kit.
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