Quinto, the 5th traveling sketchbook

It took a while to get over thinking that it's weird I name my sketchbooks. Yes, I know, it is still odd. But my sketchbooks are more than just this holder for drawings and ticket stubs. Over the years of traveling, my sketchbooks have become my travel companions, often my only travel companion. 

Giving them a name not only makes it easier to differentiate when I made certain sketches or went places, but it also reflects a bit more of what they mean to me. They're not just stacks of paper held together with vinyl and thread. They're pieces of my adventures. They're my icebreaker with locals or other fellow tourists. They're my journal for new Italian words and a calendar for keeping track of where I'm going. They're even my umbrella or cushion if the need should arise. They're the only souvenir that I can't wait to show off to everyone when I come home!

So, without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Quinto, my 5th traveling sketchbook! 

I haven't even sketched in Quinto, and he's already my favorite sketchbook to date. I was originally planning on making the sketchbook for the summer grey. But when I was at JoAnn's a couple weeks ago, I found this gorgeous mustard yellow bolt of vinyl on clearance and I had to have it! It's so smooth and luscious, I freakin' LOVE this cover. 

The inside is just as special. I was going to use linen like I usually do and at the last minute, I found some leftover chambray fabric that I saved from the bottom of the super long dress I hemmed last summer. I even left the buttons on the edge! 

These are pretty much all the supplies I take along for my travels too. I try to pare it down as much as possible to keep down the weight and bulk. My go-to supplies are: 

  • Winsor & Newton travel watercolors
  • Kaweco fountain pens (with ink cartridges in black, purple and sepia)
  • Kaweco mechanical pencil
  • Erasers
  • Clips to keep pages open to dry, or for photos
  • Kuretake Zig pens in brush tips and fine point
  • Faber Castell pen, S tip for painting on top of linework
  • Pentel waterbrush, in fine point (I have a fat tip I'll probably bring along too)
  • and an Elmer's "Photo Stik". It's archival so I don't have to worry about my pages yellowing over the years. 

You can read more about my favorite pens and where to get them in this recent blog post

I hope you'll follow along with my and Quinto's adventures this summer! I'll be posting photos of the sketching progress on Instagram under the hashtag #Quintothetravelingsketchbook. There will be plenty of Snapchat posts (@sketchynotions) of the Bellissima Art Retreat with Christi from Gypsy Studios as well! 

And if you'd like to stay in touch further, you can sign up for my newsletter! I'll be posting more details of my travels, as well as opportunities to win some hand painted postcards from Italy! 

You can read about my past traveling sketchbooks here: Terzo, the 3rd and Quarto, the 4th

1 comment:

  1. i can not wait to see what you fill quinto with!


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