One Pound Painting Project

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The One Pound Painting Project is an ultra portable, extremely lightweight, backpacking easel and gouache paint kit. It isn’t pretty, but it is incredibly inexpensive and functional.

Ultralight Backpacking Sketch Easel

This is a culmination of several passions of mine. I am an avid hiker and backpacker, an artist, and compulsive DIYer. Trained as an oil painter, a part of me has always been frustrated that oils were too heavy and messy to pack into the backcountry with me. Inspired by the peerless James Gurney’s sketch easel design, I set out to build an ultra portable, ultra lightweight setup. My goal? A minimum functional weight of under one pound. Welcome to the One Pound Painting Project: an ultra portable, extremely lightweight, backpacking easel and gouache paint kit. It isn’t pretty, [...]

Custom Toned Paper Gouache Sketchbook

An amazing, ultra portable sketch easel needs an equally appropriate sketchbook. There is a long tradition of painting with gouache on toned paper, but unfortunately the smallest premade sketchbook I could find was still 6x8”. With a little DIY spirit though, we can change that and have the perfect 4x6” gouache sketchbook (3x6” paintable surface). Materials Strathmore 462-206 400 Series Toned Tan Mixed Media Pad, 6x8"  - 15 Sheet 3/4" book rings Recommended Tools Razor Paper punch (preferred) or hole punch Drill & small bit Pencil Ruler Instructions [...]

Palette & Accessories

Unlike the One Pound Painting Project easel and sketchbook pages, this is less a “how-to” and more of a “why” page. What else do I bring and what is my reasoning behind them. MEEDEN Empty Watercolor Palette with Half Pans It is incredibly inexpensive, lightweight, and carries more than its fair share. It comes with a dozen half-pans but will hold any standard half or full watercolor pan. You can fit up an extra half pan in each row for a total of 14 pans while retaining the brush storage in the center, or sacrifice the [...]