New Messenger Bag to Hold My Art Supplies

For Christmas I put a STM messenger bag on my wish list and thanks to my mother-in-law, I got what I wanted. I don’t often ask for things sight unseen but the reviews for this bag were excellent and I had a good feeling about it too. Well, today I received the bag and so far I love it. My art supplies fit perfectly. I also like that it only has one clip on the main flap (no velcro!) which it makes it easier to open. A pocket (with velcro) located inside the bag is perfect for protecting my iPad and sketchbooks. Overall, the bag seems to be well made and the stitching should hold it together pretty well.

Don’t I already own a messenger bag to hold all my art supplies, you ask? Well yes, I do own a large Timbuk2 bag that worked great when I went to Greece last year but I find it too big for a day out sketching close to home (click here to see a drawing of my Timbuk2 bag). Now I’m more exited than ever to hit the road and find a cool place to draw once the weather improves. Rain, rain go away . . .

9 thoughts on “New Messenger Bag to Hold My Art Supplies

  1. Wow, your work is great! So full of variety and vitality! I have a new Tom Binh small cafe bag, I think it’s called, that I use for pared-down sketching jaunts. Mine’s not big enough to hold an Ipad, but it will hold a fair amount of stuff.

  2. Thanks May! I agree, I love art supplies and the things that contain them are just as important. I popped over to your blog and read about your sketchbook project. Thanks for giving me the motivation to finish mine up this week!

  3. Your MIL is incredible..she might be learning to follow directions…She thinks you are patient, loving and very special. These are lovely, soothing watrcolors…glad you had a nice day.

  4. Hi Richard,
    I’m reaching out on behalf of STM and we love your artwork of our Scout bag! Would you mind if we linked this post on our Facebook page? (

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying the bag!

    – Michelle Y.

  5. Thanks Michelle, glad STM Bags likes my sketch! I’ve been using it for over a year and a half now and the seams are holding out great. Recently, the cap on my water bottle (that I use with my watercolors) wasn’t screwed on tight and water leaked out into the front pocket. Thankfully the pockets are plastic lined so no water leaked into the main compartment that held my sketchbooks! Please feel free to link your Facebook page to my sketch.

    BTW, here is a link to another sketch I did of the STM bag preparing for my trip to Chicago.

  6. Hi Richard, love the site, the ebook and the STM bag. You’re right, trying to find the right sketchbook is as hard as trying to find the right bag to put it all in. I like this bag, what size is it? There are several choices in the STM site. I hope you ask for a spotters fee or discount in your next purchase from them! Cheers, Michelle

  7. Thanks Michelle! I believe I have the small (3.1 x 14.2 x 11 inches) STM bag. I received it as a gift a couple of years ago. It’s been a great bag so far and shows little signs of wear. My 12″ x 12″ drawing kit board that I use sticks out of the top a bit but still buckles closed. The larger bag is no taller so this size bag does the trick well enough.

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