Crafting on the Road -What I use

If you are an avid crafter like myself then the thought of leaving behind your collection of beloved supplies to travel the world can seem like a daunting task. It might even put you off going altogether. But it needn’t. You just have to adapt or change your craft.

I have always been someone with multiple project on the go. Sometimes it was sewing and embroidery, sometimes card making and sometimes mixed media art journaling. However I soon realised that none of these endeavours would be very successful whilst I was travelling in south east Asia. I started to think about what I enjoyed that could be done on the road. I like to draw, paint, write and scrapbook. All of these can be done while travelling albeit in a more minimalist way. I began to research travel journaling and came accross the Midori Travelers Notebook. It soon became clear that this was a notebook with a cult following. The internet contained a wealth of Midori set up videos and great inspiration on how to customise them. Crafters out there where doing amazing things with such a simple notebook design.

For those who don’t know a Midori is a brand name. It’s notebook consists of a cover (usually leather) with a elastic through the middle. The elastic allows you to slot multiple pathlet style notebooks into the cover.

You can view the Midori Travelers Notebook on their official site: www.travelers-company.com. But I bought mine from Amazon.

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wp-image-2011958620jpg.jpgI chose a knockoff Midori from Amazon. I fell in love with it because of the beautiful floral pattern in the dark brown leather.

Next I needed to think about what to take with me to work in my journal. I bought a decent sized pencil case with multiple compartments and began to fill it with everything I might need.

What I packed

  • Pencil case
  • Travelsize watercolour set
  • 24 watercolour pencils
  • 12 felt tip pens
  • 4 colourful writing pens
  • 8 black drawing pens in a variety of thicknesses.
  • Mechanical pencil with refills
  • 3 watercolour brushes in varying sizes
  • Rubber
  • Sharpener
  • White gel pen
  • Glue pen
  • Fountain pen
  • Collection of washi tapes
  • Travel scissors

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I am also taking my Fiji Install Mini 90 (Polaroid style camera)

With these items I am hoping to successfully document my trip and satisfy my creativity.

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