24 July 2013

taking my art on the go

essential travel art supplies

In the next few days I shall be travelling westwards for a little vacation by the ocean, and as is my usual habit, I am packing a small supply of art goodies to come with me. I have no grand plans of keeping an extensive travel journal or such, but I do like to have a few tools with me should the muse strike - and she invariably does when I am unprepared *grin* ...And so after much consideration, here is what I am taking along this trip; the small stuff all neatly packed away in a 3x5" index card box file!

essential travel art supplies

digital camera | glue stick | mini spray bottle | eraser | blank index cards
pencil sharpener | micron pen | white pen | paper towel | soft graphite pencils
watercolour pencils | mini sponge | travel watercolour brush and paints kit
white gouache | low-tack tape | ring-bound, 6x9" sketchbook

It's not much compared to some, but for me it's enough to capture the essence of things, the colours, patterns, shapes and textures that will spark ideas for when I get back, or play with ideas that come to me en route. Fun!

Are you taking your art on the road this summer? I'd love to hear what essentials are in your travel bag...

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18 July 2013

miniature millinery

handmade jerryberry boater hathandmade jerryberry boater hat
Continuing my latest creative obsession from earlier in the week, I got to practicing some miniature millinery yesterday and constructed this jaunty hemp 'straw' boater as the outfit's finishing touch. I wanted something fairly simple with just a little embellishment to lift it from the ordinary, but that was versatile enough to work with not only the outfit I am currently working on, but others also. I like it when things go with other things.

Can't wait to show you the finished ensemble!

12 July 2013

handmade leather sunglasses case

diy printed leather sunglasses casediy printed leather sunglasses case
Luminous, never-get-lost sunglasses case, handmade from leather suede and wool felt using template and instructions from Alicia at WhimseyBox. Copper dots applied using Pascale's freezer-paper stencil technique at Between the Lines.

update // I also made a protective case for my Samsung Galaxy tablet using the same techniques, but with slight modifications. You can see it here.

06 July 2013

the perfect writing tool

Ever since I began working through The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron as part of a book group over two years ago, I have been diligently writing my morning pages as part of my daily habits.

"The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is a daily practice called Morning Pages"

The theory behind the idea of Morning Pages is basically a brain-dump of those thoughts that gather first thing in the morning. All those mundane mental lists and thoughts gathered overnight that would otherwise cloud the rest of your day. While I never was able to consider the prompts suggested for morning pages in the book during my book study, I have found them an indispensable tool for working through topic obsessions, working through problems that I wouldn't otherwise take the time to process, and for combating intermittent moments of insomnia.

Initially it was a 'part of the process' of working through the study book and it took me the best part of those initial twelve weeks to find my morning writing groove. For me, the continuation of this habit would be the success at which I was able to fit my writing into my morning routine. Therefore the process had to be quick, comfortable and inexpensive (considering these were only brain-dumps, after all). Along the way I have experimented with various different writing tools, locations and rhythms. Presently I think I have just about got it as near 'perfect' as I am able.

I say 'near perfect' as I am still searching for the 'perfect' writing tool for the job having tried out a number of writing implements, including my current method of the humble HB pencil. For the purposes of writing my morning pages, the perfect writing tool would be low-impact on my pocket and the environment, and yet high on longevity and quality. I can imagine this ideal is quite likely impossible, but I keep hoping *grin*

Which is why I am very tempted by the idea of the Seven Year Pen by Seltzer. While I am unsure as to exactly how likely this pen's promise of lasting a whole seven years of considerable daily writing actually is, I am willing to give it a run for it's money in my search for the perfect low cost, high durability writing tool.

But tell me:

What's your favoured tool for daily journaling? I would love to hear your recommendations.

03 July 2013

summer is

...time to play.

To rest.

To be outdoors.

To explore new places. Travel.

Eat light, fresh foods. Drink lots of water.

To unplug from the busy.

Time for solitude.

To rejuvenate. Recharge.

Allow the muse space to speak.

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