Steve // Travel Watercolor Set in TSL Pen Case

Steve // Travel Watercolor Set in TSL Pen Case

Recently, I got a fabulous email from our customer Steve with photos of how he is using his TSL Zip Pen Case to accommodate his watercolor kit on the go! He just came back from traveling the UK and shared with me that watercolor set in the Zip Pen Case worked out great! He is looking forward to receiving the BK Porter Pen Case in October since it is slightly taller than Zip Pen Case and he won't have to trim down a watercolor brush cap. (He trimmed the plastic cap with his knife.)

I asked him if he could share what he is carrying inside! I hope the way he "hacked" his Zip Pen Case inspires you as it did for me:) 

If you would like to check out his work as a children's book illustrator, you can browse his website or visit his IG feed!


I have the little pans filled with Daniel Smith and Holbein watercolors. This particular color palette is for my newest book I am working on Whiskers Hollow (the story has animals driving cars in the tree branches and going on a road trip). I will switch around the color palette once I move on to a new story/book.

Pelican M120 fountain pen
With a modified “Fude” nib. My friend Richard Binder modified the nib to a Fude nib but with not such a sharp bend. He calls it a Hane Fude nib.

Travelers Company Pencil
I am obsessed with this pencil-although I really don’t use a pencil very much, I mostly draw directly with a fountain pen.

Collapsible brush and a Pentel Waterbrush
I find Pentel the best water brushes. I did have to trim some plastic from the cap for it to fit the case. This is why I’m so excited about the Baum-kuchen Porter Pen Case which is longer.

Two Small Vials
One with water to refill the water brush or to paint with the other collapsible brush. And a vial of Platinum Carbon Black ink. It is my favorite ink-waterproof! 
To refill the water brush-the one sold by Art-toolkit. It has proven very useful.

A Piece of Leather Chamois 
Clipped on with Midori Brass Clip to clean the water brush. I have a piece of plastic in the one pocket with a Midori

Brass Clip 
To hold the palette when in use.


  • angela: May 28, 2022
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    I like the way the kit is set up, I’m trying to find one myself. The fold accordion paper I would of never thought to make art, oh my I have to get one now.

    Great art work. I love to write in my Midori and will do till it falls apart.

  • Josie: January 09, 2020
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    Thank you so much for sharing this. I find it so inspiring. That pen case is a treasure!

  • elliott: December 07, 2019
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    This is so inspirational. I am a beginner watercolor artist. I love the colors in your palette. I’d love to put them in own palette. Can you share a list of the colors you are using in this kit?

    Thank you

  • Ljmasty100 : October 05, 2019
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    I am stealing this idea! Brilliant! I’m endlessly trying to sort out my travel supplies and never happy. This gives me all kinds of options I never thought of! Thanks for the terrific post! 🥰

  • Mary: September 14, 2019
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    A Midori used to be the name for what is now known as The Traveler’s Company Traveler’s Notebook. It is the Traveler’s Notebook that started it all. They can be found at Baum Kuchen.

  • Denise McClean: September 14, 2019
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    Love this set up and lovely artwork. Fabulous use of the case. I really want one!

  • Susan: August 06, 2019
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    In Steve’s last sentence, what is a Midori?



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