Travel Art Jornal Kit

I struggle with what to take in my kit and each time I have either taken too much or not enough.  I think these kits are so personal.  What I recommend is to put your kit together and take it with you on a walk or a drive.  Find a nice spot to work in your journal and see if the contents in your journal work.  You will notice items you do or don’t like and can modify your kit from there.  I did this today and I ended up removing watercolor crayons based on my journal paper.  Normally I love them but not on this paper.

Everything fits into the 5X9 clear plastic bag.  I try to make myself stay within this size or I let it get out of hand.  I found the bag at Target.  I like that it is clear so that I can access items easily.  I also have a smaller one for all the loose items.  Then I am not digging or losing items at the bottom.  

Little scissors, 6 inch ruler, Scarlet Lime pen, charcoal pencil, stabilo pencil, Tol mechanical pencil, and a white pen.  

 Mechanical pencil lead, erasers, glue stick, and white acrylic paint.

 My travel journal.  I bought this one at Barnes and Noble and I love it.  If it were me I would spend my money on the watercolor kit and journal.  I get excited to use this again.

 Koi watercolor travel kit complete with water brush.  Score!

I include a few pictures of my loved ones and my puppies.  I do have pictures on my phone but for some reason I gain inspiration from printed photographs.  It helps me when I am homesick and when I need an inspirational boost.  It just works for me. 

 A couple of sheets of parchment paper to place between pages if needed.

Miscellaneous tags for sketches or projects I don’t want in my journal.

There it is my travel kit.  What does yours look like?


After I finished this post I added some inktense pencils.  I crammed them in.  I may have to rethink them and maybe just include my favorites but for now they are all in. 

More Primitive Portraits

 Today not only is the art different from my normal stuff but the supplies are too. 

I used a different size journal, black gesso (I love it), and many different colors of gold.  Quite fun actually.

This time I worked on adding tiny details.  I also did not show a quote but hid a word in my art today.  Something different.  May I just say I am getting quite addicted to my journals. 

Dating my husband….

We live in a town that consist of 70-200 people.  It fluctuates with the weather.  We live in beautiful surroundings but not amenities.  In the summer Glitter Gulch, Denali, and McKinley Village open up and are alive with people, cute little shops, and fun places to eat.  That is only four months of our year.  So the rest of the year you have to entertain yourself.  There are no grocery stores so you also have to plan ahead.  Last minute plans don’t really work for us unless it is a quick trip to town and that in itself is not a quick three hours to the nearest grocery store.  
I decided I was going to be better about having dates with my husband.  When the kids were little we tried our best to make time and actually we were better then than we are now.  So, anyhow I am a fairly creative person and I think we can do this.  
So my plan was to go on a drive, pack a picnic, listen to 80s music and end the day watching an 80s movie from back in the day, Top Gun.  I packed a picnic full of our favorites and it was delicious.  We listened to 80s music and drove around looking at all the wild life.  We ended the night at home watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Netflix did not have Top Gun and I did not want to pay for our movie) and eating chicken tacos.  It was not the greatest date but we had fun and took the time for us.  I am already thinking of what to do next week.  
How about you?  Do you do a weekly date with your significant other? 

Rare Pattern — Art Journal

I have been on a bug streak in my journal.  I have been having a good time listening to Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. It is like having a party in your art room.  I laugh and cry, then laugh some more.  All the while painting little bugs in my journal.  It doesn’t get better than this Folks!

Since I am a photographer by nature I get a little carried away lately when I am taking pictures of my layouts.  I really love the mess that happens around me when I am playing in my journals.  Is mess art?  It feels like it.  With that said I promptly clean it up before I leave the room.

Sorry I had to take a few more.  I love these little bottles and they really know how to work the camera.

My constant companion doesn’t think it is good enough to just be in this room with me he has to be in the little spot under my desk.  And then he looks at me like this the whole time.  Begging me to stop and pay more attention to him.  Sometimes he falls asleep.  I wasn’t so lucky today.  Love that pup!

Let’s Explore — Vintage Ball Jars

I love vintage jars.  I store all kinds of items in them proudly.  They make everything look beautiful. I thought they would be perfect for this weeks exploration.

This is the only item in my house with gluten that I have yet to throw away.  I think I kind of forgot about it until taking these pictures.  Darn gluten allergy. 

We have a slight addiction to watermelon jolly ranchers.  There are two jar fulls here.  If there were less I might panic. 

These are beautiful from every angle.  There is just something about a good jar full of good stuff.

Camera:  Canon 5DMarkIII
Lens:  Canon 50mm 1.2L

BeYOUtiful art journal 365

I wanted to do a more simple playful version of a butterfly I found on Pinterest.  After doing this one I really want to do one on canvas more like the original but with my own spin on things.  It was a lot of fun to play with paint this way.  It was slow going but in the end it was worth it.

I am loving more heavy body paints.  I use all sorts of paints but I really want to invest in more of the heavy body paints.

I have been using this small Molskine notebook for most of my daily entries.  I like that there is not a lot of canvas to feel.  Less pressure.