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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by Donal » Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:51 pm

I switched over to an Urban Sport backpack with 5 compartments.

3 on the back, 2 small side pockets.

The large pocket I keep a sweater in until summer, then I'll probably put a larger block of watercolor paper.

The middle pocket is the portable studio. It even has a smaller inner pocket with a strap that perfectly holds my fabriano. It's like it was made for it. :D I also put my travel paints and mini-canvas in there along with a couple different pens.

I need to find - or make - a nice small pouch that'll hose my paint, folding pallet, brushes, pens and mini-canvas in one portable pouch/box/kit. to put inside there. Everything's all seperate now.

The small pouch has little stuff like a couple pens, pencil, mp3, wallet, and keys. (the two side pouches hold my glasses case and harmonica)

Think I might go to an Army/Navy store and check out some old map bags. See if they can be loaded with what I want and fit inside my backpack if needed.

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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by CyberDave » Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:16 pm

Sketchcrawl Kit

First The Bag
The Crumpler "Dreadful Embarrassment" messenger bag with Eagle Creek Waterbottle holder attached with two carabiners.
Being a long time IT Geek used to carrying heavy old-style laptop bags loaded with laptops, books adapters and gadgets, I like being able to convert to using a lightweight messenger bag. After checking out all sorts of worth bags such as Waterfield and Booq, I am happy to settle on an Australian company called "The Crumpler". These guys are as funny as hell and have off-the-wall names for their products. Although I bought the slightly smaller "Considerable Embarrassment" to carry my laptop and work gear, I also bought the larger "Dreadful Embarrassment" to hold my Sketching supplies. Shown below is the "Dreadful Embarrassment" model in black and yellow with a bright orange interior. For those interested http://www.crumpler.com

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The Gear Inside
Listed and shown below is the gear I presently carry. After a few trips I will probably reduce the items carried otherwise I may end up giving myself a hernia. LOL But for now this is the kit I carry in the bag above. The different watercolour pencils and paint options give me a variety of different texture finishes in my coloured sketches. The water-soluble Pastel Pencils give a more toothy finish even when water is applied. I like the watercolour pencils as they are easy to apply with less mess but give a different finish than regular watercolour paint. I still prefer the old-school regular pencils over mechanical pencils, just because I like the feel in my hands. I just like the Pilot Drawing Pens in the 03 or 05 fine-tip sizes.

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Bag contains:
▪ 2 - 8" x 12" Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbooks
▪ 2 - 5" x 8.25" Moleskin Plain Notebooks
▪ 1 x iPad and Targus iPad sleeve (for protection)
▪ 2 x paint cloths in ziploc bags
▪ 1 x extra pair of eyeglasses
▪ 1 x rain poncho (for emergencies)
▪ 1 x bag of Wet Ones (wet towels)
▪ 1 x bag of Kleenex (wet towels)
▪ 2 x sizes of ziploc bags (rolled up)
▪ 1 x Fujifilm XP20 digital camera (used to take these photos)
▪ 1 x Camera bag with adapters, spare memo card and battery with neckstrap
▪ 1 x camera battery recharger
▪ 1 business card holder
▪ 1 x extra eyeglass cleaning cloth
▪ 1 x empty pill bottle (to hold pencil sharpener and shavings)
▪ 1 x circular cutting board
▪ 1 x steel clip with two screw-top water containers
▪ 1 x Targus iPad Stylus
▪ 1 x Swiss Army Knife
▪ 1 x Steel Multitool
▪ 1 x tin of 72 water-soluble Derwent Pastel Pencils
▪ 1 x tin of 36 Derwent Watercolour Pencils
▪ 1 x tin of 24 Derwent Graphitint Pencils
▪ 1 x tin of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils
▪ 1 x Winsor & Newton Travelling Watercolour Palette ( I use WN tube paint)
▪ 1 x metal pencil sharpener
▪ 1 x set of utility knife blades
▪ 1 x Eraser (stick form)
▪ 5 x DR Pigment Ink Pilot Drawing Pens
▪ 1 x tin containing:
▪ 2 x short handled watercolour brushes
▪ 2 x X-Acto knives with #11 blades (1 not shown in photo)
▪ 7 x Koh-I-Noor 2B Pencils
▪ 6 x Koh-I-Noor HB Pencils
▪ 7 x assorted Derwent Graphic Pencils (Hard 4H-8H + Soft 4B and 9B)

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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by Zoe » Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:47 pm

An amazingly large number of items to carry. One small caution as a former large bag, all I possessed kind of traveler, I now am suffering in my declining years with severe pain--some of which may be directly related to years of excess weight on my back, hip and knees.

Go gently on yourself. :)

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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by CyberDave » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:05 pm

Zoe.. thanks for you words of wisdom.. I have found that lugging around all this in the bag was a bit of a chore so I have cut back on contents and swapped out my larger Crumpler for my smaller one. Instead of the big "Dreadful Embarrassment", I now use the "Considerable Embarrassment" bag. The waterbottle holder is gone also. The contents of the bag are now as follows:

Bag contains:
▪ 2 - 8" x 12" Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbooks
▪ 1 - 5" x 8.25" Moleskin Plain Notebook
▪ 1 - 5" x 8.25" Moleskin Watercolour Book for Ink sketches [added]
▪ 4 - Holbein Waterbrushes [added] :thumbup:
▪ 1 x iPad and Targus iPad sleeve (for protection)
▪ 2 x paint cloths in ziploc bags
▪ 1 x extra pair of eyeglasses
▪ 1 x rain poncho (for emergencies)
▪ 1 x bag of Wet Ones (wet towels)
▪ 1 x bag of Kleenex (wet towels)
▪ 2 x sizes of ziploc bags (rolled up)
▪ 1 x Fujifilm XP20 digital camera (used to take these photos)
▪ 1 x Camera bag with adapters, spare memo card and battery with neckstrap
▪ 1 x camera battery recharger
▪ 1 x extra eyeglass cleaning cloth
▪ 1 x Targus iPad Stylus
▪ 1 x Swiss Army Knife
▪ 1 x Steel Multitool
▪ 1 x Travelling Watercolour Palette ( I use WN tube paint)
▪ 1 x Eraser (stick form)
▪ 5 x DR Pigment Ink Pilot Drawing Pens
▪ 4 x Koh-I-Noor HB Pencils
▪ 1 x Watercolour #6 brush for ink [added] :)
▪ 1 x bottle blue Mont Blanc fountain pen ink [added] :)

ahhhh much lighter! :thumbup: :)

The following have now been eliminated and left for use at home :lol: :
▪ 1 business card holder
▪ 1 x empty pill bottle (to hold pencil sharpener and shavings)
▪ 1 x circular cutting board
▪ 1 x steel clip with two screw-top water containers
▪ 1 x tin of 72 water-soluble Derwent Pastel Pencils hugely reduces the weight
▪ 1 x tin of 36 Derwent Watercolour Pencils hugely reduces the weight
▪ 1 x tin of 24 Derwent Graphitint Pencils hugely reduces the weight
▪ 1 x tin of 24 Derwent Inktense Pencils hugely reduces the weight
▪ 1 x Winsor & Newton Travelling Watercolour Palette ( I use WN tube paint)
▪ 1 x metal pencil sharpener
▪ 1 x set of utility knife blades
▪ 1 x tin containing:
▪ 2 x short handled watercolour brushes
▪ 2 x X-Acto knives with #11 blades (1 not shown in photo)
▪ 7 x Koh-I-Noor 2B Pencils
▪ 6 x Koh-I-Noor HB Pencils
▪ 7 x assorted Derwent Graphic Pencils (Hard 4H-8H + Soft 4B and 9B)

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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by Zoe » Thu Sep 01, 2011 2:41 am

It sounds as if you lightened the load, but even the lighter load would be too much for me these days.

Enjoy the sketch kit and keep paring it down. :)

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Re: Bags to hold your materials?

Post by Zoe » Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:17 pm

I saw a terrific bag at the Tate, and not too dear, which I might have bought if I hadn't already bought another here in the States. It seems to hold quite a great deal, and comfortably.
Hupport wrote:Hi! Just curious, where do'u purchase these bags? Is it difficult to get them somewhere in UK?

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