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The Mom Journal-Places To Go and Things To Do

 IMG_1957Someone is bored…as anyone would be in the situation. We had to plan an outing. With the help of our county transportation service, I was able to arrange a small trip to the local mall where we shopped and ate lunch at the Chinese restaurant. I think it was a great success, as you can see from the smile on her face. She pronounced it a good outing. I hope to do more of these as she is still able to enjoy them.

We had a small peek outside of the enchanted forest.

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Art Journaling On The Move

My cousin messaged me the other day and said that she was going to visit her sister and they wanted to do some art journaling together. She wanted a list of materials that she should bring to work with. I was making a mental list and then I decided that this would make a great blog post…especially since it is summer and vacation season.

She will be traveling by car, rather than flying so the possibilities are greater for carrying a variety of materials. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you want. The materials can be inexpensive or you can spring for the fancy, latest, trendy art supplies. Here is a list of some of the basics:

Art journal supplies

  • A journal with pages thick enough to handle water media. It can be large or small.
  • A set of watercolors-they are easy to pack and much simpler than lots of bottles of acrylic paints.
  • Optional-a tube or bottle of white acrylic paint to add highlighted areas or cover mistakes.
  • Colored pencils-I like watercolor pencils because they can do double duty.
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Optional-oil pastels
  • Graphite pencil
  • Colorful markers and gel pens
  • A sharpie
  • Calligraphy pen
  • Black Bic pen-they are great for writing over different media without getting clogged
  • Fine point white paint pen
  • Adhesives-glue sticks are non-messy or you can water down white glue to glue larger pieces. Make sure it is dry before closing the journal so your pages don’t stick together.
  • Letter stamps and favorite image stamps
  • Stencils and a cosmetic sponge to apply paint sparingly over the stencil
  • Things to make textures like bubble wrap.
  • Magazines with colorful images like faces and patterns to cut up and collage. If I am away from home, sometimes I like to gather materials locally like the brochures for local attractions, ticket stubs, tags, newspaper clippings.
  • Some of your own photos that you would like to include.

IMG_2469All of this should fit nicely into a medium sized bag so it will be super portable.

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Now if you are really limited on space you can make a miniature kit to travel with. This is great for when you are flying. When I am traveling out of the country, this is actually what I take.

  • A small moleskine journal
  • A tiny watercolor set
  • A film canister for water
  • A small mechanical pencil-extra leads inside
  • A glue stick
  • Folding scissors
  • A Bic pen or other fine point black pen

IMG_2471This fits easily in a carry on bag or in a purse. (Even my tiny purse.) This one is good to carry with you anywhere just in case you are stuck waiting somewhere or if inspiration strikes you to record a memorable experience.

I hope this helps! Leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite travel art journaling supplies are.

Enchanted Forest

For several years now, my Mom has been progressing through the stages of Alzheimers. Lately she has gotten more confused and has had to be moved from an assisted living facility to a nursing home. She has extra sitters throughout the day, but for about a week we were dealing with red tape so she was by herself for a while. We visited frequently and she seemed happy there, but there was much confusion about where she was. We would answer the same questions over and over again. “Where am I now?”

I was thinking about how frustrating it would be to know and then forget the same simple fact of where you are over and over again. It reminded me of wandering in a forest and realizing that you are totally lost. You may find the path, but loose it again.

I process things through my art and so I began making some mixed media digital collages using some of my nature photos, painted backgrounds, and pictures of Mom when she was young. I am trying to tell the story of a young girl lost in an enchanted forest. She finds places to rest and friends to help her along the way.  The journey is just beginning and time will tell where it leads.  

The beginning of the journey.

  A place to rest.

  A friend to help along the way. 

Seek

Jeremiah 6:16