I do have some mad organization skills! That, combined with a lifelong purse obsession, a tendency to hoard art supplies and a desire to tote them everywhere is the “perfect storm”!
It’s manifested in an crazy array of “art to go” kits. Perfect for jaunts to desert or beach, art journal picnics or attending yet another art retreat.
I thought I’d share them with you today. I’ll put some links to various supplies in case you’re interested – and BTW the links do NOT earn me affiliate fees. They are things I really use and love. Almost everything can be had on Amazon.
This first kit is for “traveling light”. I use this set up most often – it’s great for road trips or for a sketch date at the beach.
In this hand painted clutch I can fit a travel set of watercolor, a sketchbook or journal, and a zip case full of pens, tape, scissors and glue. I also love to include my portable photo printer. It prints pics from my iPhone and even has sticky back paper – perfect for sticking straight into my journal!
It’s not unusual for me to pack an inspirational book – this one’s about Dan Eldon – the guy who first inspired me to art journal!
In my world, everything is an art project. I love to take canvas or cotton totes and alter them with paint. I use regular acrylic paints and find they do not fade or wash out. The flowered tote below was originally a gift-with-purchase bag from Victoria Secret – it’s at least 5 years old and hasn’t faded a bit.
What’s organization without a pen bag? It holds more than I really can ever use – it’s awesome! My husband’s bag (the green one) is filled with his cigar accessories and other man gear. No, I do not smoke cigars lol!
My second art kit has many more supplies to choose from. It’s the perfect “portable studio” for longer travels or for an in-person art journaling class.
The organizer is really cool! It has a lift out tray for sketching or art journaling in my lap – and of course being plastic, it’s waterproof. It holds quite a lot. In it goes tapes, a sharpener, glue, water brushes, a spray bottle of water, standard watercolors, little jars of shimmery water colors and water-soluble markers and pencils.
There’s plenty of room for a sketchbook or two – I may even throw in a guided journal like one from Shiloh Sophia McCloud. Again, I love to carry a camera for taping in photos. This one prints self developing mini’s similar to the old polaroid cameras.
This final kit is full blown! This amazing box allows me to carry everything needed for a days long painting retreat, except the canvas itself.
In it, I can carry paints, brushes, paint pens, a painting shirt or apron, an art journal (or two), a full size camera and more. Pretty much anything can find a place. Well maybe not the humungous inspiration book . . . it’s an incredible collection of art journal images by Peter Beard – another favorite artist of mine.
I bound the journal to the right of the white camera myself – it’s soft and mushy which I love. I ripped the cover to size from one of my own un-stretched paintings on canvas. I filled it with luscious creamy 140 lb. hot press Fabriano watercolor paper – the best paper ever made in my opinion!!
They even make the box in other colors and sizes. I’m seriously lusting over the turquoise one. There’s even a cool fabric one (that I will not admit to owning – uh huh). I believe this box may have changed my life – well, my creative life – a bit, anyways!
Tell me . . . do you HAVE to tote art supplies wherever you go too? Am I alone in this? Do you go on sketching dates and art journal picnics and painting retreats?