Plein Air Painting Setup
Here’s an overview of a simple, lightweight and affordable pleinair painting setup. It’s designed to fit into a small backpack for travel. Plein air painting is all about catching the light before it’s gone, so everything here is chosen with convenience and speed in mind.
7 Water spritzer
8 Watertight Tupperware
9 Plastic 32 compartment box
10 4” X 6” Plastic Photo Container
11 4” X 6” Watercolor Paper block
12 Paint Pots (Optional)
1 Folding Camping Chair
2 Small Flat Brushes
3 Washi / masking tape
4 Color Pencil or Ballpoint Pen
5 Paper Towel
6 Water squeeze bottle
Peter Chan - I learned alot from Peter's painting class at Concept Design Academy in Pasadena, he teaches online also: https://gumroad.com/pixelpchan
Nathan Fowkes - Nathan is a rare combination of amazing painter and amazing teacher. Learn how simplify and design your paintings: https://www.schoolism.com/school.php?id=36
This is a high quality set for a good price. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black and White are magical, you can mix pretty much any color from these, they’re the same colors your printer uses after all.
Cheap, lightweight and durable plastic jewelry box, doubles as palette and paint box. Fill compartments with premixed paint: water + paint, milkshake consistency. Or use paint pots so you can switch colors around easily. The lid is used as a palette and to hold your watercolor paper block. The whole paint box setup sits on your lap.
Essential!! This one folds, fits into a small backpack and weighs almost nothing. There are also some pretty luxurious camp chairs out there.
This is nice heavy paper, glued along the edges to a thick backing board, so it won’t warp. 4”X6” is a great size to work quickly with the added benefit of being able to fit in any picture frame or photo container.
Smoother surface than Cold Press
Washi tape is very low tack so it won’t rip your paper. Get those clean borders
If you’re using masking tape stick it to your pants a few times before sticking it to the paper to avoid tears.
Any brand should be fine. I’m using Princeton Umbria #6 and #4
Start your painting with the bigger brush and save details to the end with the small brush.
For planning out your painting. Sometimes it’s nice to see some of the original pencil drawing showing in the final painting.