Since I love sketching regularly, I wanted a nice, simple watercolor art travel set.
Using a Bible Cover, I made inserts to hold my water brushes, pens, pencils and normal brushes, and another to hold my set of watercolor pencils.
I have seen dozens of Altoids tin water sets and homemade sets on Pinterest. Someone suggested using a cheap cosmetic set. Here’s a little tutorial of how I used a little eye-shadow set one of my daughters no longer wanted.
Min watercolor set
- Clean the cosmetic holder well.
- Fill with 9 watercolors. (I had to select from my set of 12 watercolors.)
- Use a toothpick to swirl the paints and fill the corners.
- Leave open to dry overnight.
- Cut a piece of highly absorbent cloth or sponge to fit in the brush space .
- Because the lid has little convex (wish it was concave) spaces (which works well to mix small amounts of paints) I added an extra mixing tray with a piece of plastic lid duct-taped to the box. An elastic band holds it tucked under when stored.
Brush, pen and pencil holders
- I recycled old flexi-plastic cutting boards I had previously used cut to fit into the side fold of the Bible cover.
- Trace around the plastic on some black fabric. Cut 2 for each holder.
- Laying the pens, pencils and brushes on the fabric, mark the spacing with a white tailors’ pencil.
- To sew the elastic with custom spacing, measure each pen or brush under the elastic to fit snug before sewing the second side down. Continue measuring each pen and brush to the end.
- To create an elastic net pocket to hold a sharpener, eraser and small sponge cloth, use a piece of netting slightly wider than the fabric width and pleat the bottom. Cut the top elastic a few centimeters shorter than the fabric width to hold the pocket snug. Sew the elastic onto the netting. Sew a few catch stitches to hold the elastic to the seam allowance on each side.
- To join the water pencil holder together with the brush and pen holder, use a narrow strip of velcro. Sew this along the one side of the each of the backing fabric.
- With right sides facing together, sew the 2 fabrics around, leaving the top open to insert the plastic.
- Clip the corners. Turn the fabric right sides out and push all the seams and corners firmly. Insert the plastic, turn the top raw edges in and top stitch closed.
It works wonderfully! It makes being spontaneously creative so much better! Have you got your art set ready on hand?