Thursday, 4 July 2013

Assembling an Art Travel Kit

The theme for the Summer season of 12 Months in View is Vacations & Travel.  Susan has written this travel-related blog post which combines well with today's prompt on Passport to Art.

Here's Susan:
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. 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.

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!)