I love taking my travel art kit with me when I go on vacation. (Except on the most recent vacation-there was no room in my suitcase.) Sophia has been asking for her own kit. When I found this little divided container from ScrapDC, I immediately knew what I would do with it.
Here's how you can make your own travel watercolor kit. Or gouache in this case. It's super duper easy and very budget friendly. You can make several kits with one set of gouache.
You'll need a tube watercolors or gouache paints and a divided container. I highly recommend a container where the dividers touch the lid when you close it. Less leaks and unintentional color leaks this way. Or just use whatever you want and let the paints dry before you close the lid.
I picked up the Reeves Gouache on clearance at the craft store. These are student quality but still superior to those paints sold in the school supply section. I prefer giving the kids gouache paints because they're like opaque watercolors. They show up nice and bright on paper.
Pick the colors you want to include in your kit. In this case, it was hard to choose since I only had 6 wells. Ok, this next step is really hard. Ready? Squeeze the paint into each well. Doesn't that sound difficult? I added enough to cover the bottom of each compartment. Don't make it too thick or it will take too long to dry.
Tap the container on the table until it spreads out evenly. Leave it open until the paint dries. I have cats at home so I put a magazine over the top so the paint would attract any cat hair.
Let the paint dry. This one took about 2 days, but it was super humid in DC when I made it so it took a bit longer. Add a Niji waterbrush or a paintbrush of your choice and you have a small portable watercolor set. Time for some plein air painting!
I surprised Sophia with the kit yesterday and she dug right in!
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