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Traveling with Oil Paints

I’m currently visiting California this summer and would like to share my traveling tips for pleinair oil painters.

  • Pack light – Bring the essentials: paints, brushes and supports.  Canvas boards or prepared masonite boards are flat, lightweight and easy to pack into a suitcase.
  • Put your oil paints into a double zip-lock bag in your suitcase.
  • Use a throw away palette or preferably a cigar box.
  • Pack a light aluminum travel easel or a wooden one.
  • Bring along metal clamps to clamp your paint box or board.
  • Don’t bother transporting turpentine or mediums, it’s prohibited and besides you can surely find them on site.

What if my paintings are still wet? 

A great way to pack wet or damp paintings shown to me by my friend and fellow painter, Bruce Katz, is to use a wine bottle cork.

  1. Slice the cork evenly and place one disk in each corner of a damp painting.
  2. Place another damp painting face down on the bottom painting.
  3. Wrap them in large rubber bands.
  4. Wrap in paper.

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Do you have any tips to share?  Let me know in the comments below.

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