On the other hand, a small painting that you made with your own hands? That gets matted and framed and hung in a place of honor. You can make a painting for yourself, or make one for your friends at home. (If they're into that kind of thing ... don't give art to people who aren't arty. It just makes everyone uncomfortable)
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Watercolor is a great medium for travel. It doesnt take up a lot of room in your luggage, and the paintings dry quickly so that they can be packed with a minimum of fuss. You can work fast and small; I like to do 4x6"Â postcards. I can bang out a decent little landscape in less than an hour, from set-up to finish. Your results may vary.
Watercolor is also a great medium for novices. Nobody expects a watercolor to have photographic quality and detail. And if you make a real mess, you can shred the evidence.
Painting is a nice way to pass time on long, quiet afternoons while the rest of your group naps.
Finally, if you want friends, sit down in a quiet corner with a box of paints and a brush. You will become instantly irresistible to passers-by.
Step 1: Materials
- Watercolor paper (140 lb or more) cut into 4x6 cards. Heavier stock really is better.
- Cheap paints - I can't tell the difference between the 50c grade school paint box and the $45 travel paint set, except for the choice of colors. The quality of the pigment seems similar, and they take up about the same amount of room in your luggage. However, if you need "burnt sienna" and brown won't do, pay for the better paints.
- A few brushes, at least one fine tip and one broad tip. I have one round calligraphy brush that I really like.
- Pencil and eraser
- Waterproof container - I use a transparent pouch with a sliding zipper
- Paper towels or napkin
- Glass water
- Black marker ... added at the end, improves your paintings dramatically
- Painter's tape - use this to hold your paper to the table. Keeps the edges from curling. And if you're painting outside, keeps the whole thing from blowing away,.
- Watercolor pencils & sharpener - Oh, these are so neat. And they make me feel so much more talented than I am.