Thursday, July 4, 2013

Assembling an Art Travel Kit

My husband and I will be taking a road trip this summer. He will be doing the driving, as he doesn’t like being a passenger.  That is fine with me – I get to read, write, nap and create art! I plan to keep this kit assembled for the summer.  I’ll take it into the yard or onto the front porch, or…

My first consideration was choosing a container to hold the supplies and also serve as a lap desk. I chose a plastic carrying case designed to hold 12x12 inch scrapbook paper. I am also limiting myself to what will fit in the box.
Next came deciding what to include in the kit. I would like to work on my visual journals so decided what I could bring for that. I tested each item to make sure I could work with it on my lap.

I want to add collage elements but don’t want to use a glue stick. It took a while to figure out what would work, but did find a solution. My preference for collage adhesive is matte Mod Podge. I filled a large syringe with it. While testing, I discovered that the cover of the box works well as a palette too.

Paint would be impractical, but my Derwent Inktense Blocks and Niji water brushes would be ideal. 


Here is what I’ve packed:

Spiral bound journal
Unbound journal pages
Mini circle journal
Papers pre-cut and torn, for collages
Derwent Inktense Color Blocks and Tinted Charcoal Pencils
Markers, Micron Pens and Pencil
Niji water brushes in 3 sizes
                                                      Mod Podge in syringe & brushes
                                                     Paper towels & Deli paper
I made this mini journal out of old map pages as a sample for the Etsy World Craft Party. I plan to record the towns we pass through on the pages. Unfortunately the map pages do not coincide with the areas we will be visiting.

Photos 8-10


Challenge: pack your own Art Travel Kit and take it on your vacation, to the beach, park, front porch, even to work (a mini art retreat during lunch!)

NOTE: This article was written for 12 Months In View

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