Last year, my husband and I decided it was time to live out our dream of exploring the world.

We gave most of our stuff to Goodwill, put the rest in storage, and embarked on a nomadic journey that has so far taken us to San Francisco, Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand. After that, who knows?! We've pared down all of our day-to-day material belongings to fit into 2 checked bags and 2 carry-ons, and we're loving it! Thanks to the Internet, we can still conduct business as usual (and I can still make plenty of art!).

It was a challenge deciding which art supplies to bring. As much as I love to paint, acrylics would have been impractical to carry around - and I knew from experience that I'd likely never use watercolors if I brought them - so my paints, brushes and canvases were all carefully packed away into a storage unit that wound up filled to the brim (mostly with art supplies and books - our 2 favorite things!). As much as I enjoy traveling, I do look forward to the day when I can unpack those supplies and tuck in!

Here's a photo of the art supplies that I ended up bringing with me:

My art-making "traveling kit" consists of:

  • 19 Prismacolor Colored Pencils
  • 8 Copic Multiliner Pens
  • 5 Graphite Pencils (2 are not pictured here because I couldn't find them, but they reappeared later)
  • 19 Copic Sketch Markers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Kneaded rubber
  • Small pair of craft scissors
  • Ruler
  • 9x6 inch sketchbook with 60 sheets
  • iPad
  • iPad stylus
  • 3 tattoo markers (as research tools for a book I'm writing)
  • 6 tattoo gel pens (ditto)
  • Not pictured: I also brought a laptop but I don't often use it as an art-making tool in an of itself

Interestingly enough the art supply I use most frequently is the iPad. It's become my go-to tool for making art because it's so versatile - with various apps you can create art that looks just as if it were painted in watercolors or drawn in charcoal. You can also create vector images that can be enlarged to any size. With these apps it's possible to create professional-quality art that can be used for publishing, printing, licensing etc. Creating art on the iPad also eliminates the need for a scanner, which I would have previously been dependent upon to capture good quality, high-res images of my art. As you can tell I love my iPad!!

Now some people might wonder how the heck we manage to travel so much - are we rich or something?! No, we're just portable, and we've arranged our priorities to allow us to live on the road. Together we run a business based on my art and all we need for that are the tools I listed above, as well as my husband's laptop. Marcus does the "business" stuff while I do the "art" stuff, which is a pretty good arrangement if you ask me! We stay in furnished vacation rentals where all you need to do is show up with your laptop and suitcase and everything else is ready for you.

We both feel really lucky to be able to live this way and to know that it's so doable, thanks to the Internet and modern technology. We're both travelers at heart - he's from Australia, I'm from Florida and we met in France. Someday we'll probably buy a house or a condo but not yet. :)

Btw if anyone's interested in seeing some of my travel photos, I've been posting them on my Instagram account.

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Comment by Pat on March 5, 2014 at 3:39pm

Oh boy was I way off on pronouncing your name...I was way out in left field  Thane

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on March 5, 2014 at 5:46pm

Lol Pat, I get that all the time! I've only met 2 or 3 people in my entire life who actually pronounced it correctly if they only saw it spelled, without hearing it first. Well, now you're in the know! ;)

Comment by Fran Hoffpauir on March 29, 2015 at 10:22pm

What a wonderful and interesting life, Thaneeya.  I hope you're also writing a book.....unless I missed that somewhere.  Great blog.

Comment by Thaneeya McArdle on April 13, 2015 at 12:45pm

Thank you Fran for your comments on my blog posts! :)

It would be fun to write a book someday about our travels, so I appreciate your suggestion. So far though, we are too busy (even to blog) and because we are too busy (working), our travels aren't that interesting in a way, lol. It is still fun and inspiring to be in new places and see new things though, when we have time to get out and about. I'd love to travel more when we have more free time.

Thanks again for your comment!


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