If you have been following my calligraphy journey for a while you know that I love to travel and I love to take my calligraphy supplies with me on the go. Last week I shared how I made my own travel watercolor palette and this week I will share how I travel with ink, pens, and nibs.
Staring first with ink, you have several options.
1. Nalgene travel containers from the Container store, linked here. I have traveled with in my ink in many different containers and these have by far been the best at transporting ink with no spillage. With the wide mouth design, I can easily dip my oblique pen into the jar.
2. Dinky dips, linked here. Dinky dips are my most used calligraphy supplies and for good reason! The screw top version does not allow for ink to spill if I am just going somewhere for a day and they are designed to let you dip just far enough with an oblique pen without getting ink into the flange. I typically travel with these if I am going away for 1-2 days or if I am traveling with ink to a calligraphy class.
3. Another option is to not take traditional ink with you and just bring a watercolor palette. Watercolor can be used as calligraphy ink when brushed on the back of the nib with a paintbrush.
4. Many people have also recommend using walnut ink crystals. While I have never tried this, it is definitely easy to take crystals on the go and add water when you get to your destination. I believe you need to use distilled water to mix the crystals which is why I have never tried this method. I feel that it would be tough to find distilled water while traveling.
No matter which method you choose, I still highly recommend double bagging out ink in case there is some ink spillage! Also make sure to put your ink in your carry on (as long as it meet the carry on liquid requirement) so you can keep an eye on it.
Traveling with nibs is pretty simple. I use a Leonard nib tin but you can use any tin such as an old mint tin or even a small jewelry box. I would recommend something sturdy so your nibs don’t get damaged.
Traveling with oblique pens can be tricky as due to the flange because they don’t fit well in most cases. I travel with a cheap artist pen roll that I found at Blick art supplies, linked here. Once rolled up, the pen roll doesn’t take up much space and holds a decent amount of pens.
Finally, I thought I would touch on paper. When I travel I keep my choices of paper simple as I am really only planning to practice and not make any orders for customers. I typically use a Rhodia dotted pad that is spiral bound, such as this one.
All links above are for things I have personally used and bought or similar items if I could not find the exact link. None of the links are sponsored.
I hope you enjoyed this informative post on traveling with calligraphy supplies. Tell me your favorite hacks for traveling with calligraphy supplies or ask me any questions that you have!