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An Island In Time – Part 2

12313726_10207314188360440_5906753780045563905_nAmidst all of the beach exploring and snorkeling, I did find a little time to make some art while my grandbabies were napping. I brought a small moleskine and a few stamps and an inexpensive, small watercolor set. Also a small lump of plasticine clay to press into textured shells to make stamps out of.

IMG_3797It’s interesting what the beautiful sunshine and tropical colors and textures will bring out in your art. It made the colors flow. In a span of a couple of hours I completed 4 backgrounds and one finished page.

IMG_3882Some of the beaches were full of treasures to collect and also some to just collect their image and leave them behind for someone else to enjoy. I was tickled to find that broken pieces of coral become beautiful little hearts after they tumble around in the sea. A metaphor for our own lives when we let the tough times and stress shape us into something beautiful as well.

12375032_10207403920803695_2935795131906648535_oOne beach was a treasure trove of sea glass because it was near a pier and businesses and I imagine lots of careless parties on the shore. I ordered some diamond coated drill bits when I got home and transformed them into necklaces with pearls and leather.

10010773_10207379585595330_8869804387006555509_oIt took a bit of fiddling to figure out how to attach the coral hearts without drilling them, but I figured it out. These are combined with trade beads, frosted recycled glass beads, wooden and bone ones and leather at the back. Three of them have already been claimed. Maybe I will make one to keep for myself. You know what they say about the shoemaker’s kids…that kind of applies to jewelry artists too. Sometimes though, I do get attached to one that I can’t part with.

IMG_3715 I couldn’t resist leaving some cairns and rock structures to entertain future visitors to those beaches. Like leaving a little part of me behind. I know a part of my heart is left behind in this beautiful place also. Maybe someday I will have an art retreat there. You never know. :-)IMG_3756

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.