Month: February 2008

Gppc17buttonI stumbled across the GPP Street Team just in time to see the posts about Crusade No. 17 ~ Pandora’s Box.  I had been lurking in total awe of all the amazing art journals when this challenge caught my eye.  Cool, I thought, I can do this.  So one of the very first posts on my newborn baby blog is how my journal kit has evolved.

It started innocently enough, just a moleskin and whatever pen was handy hanging out in my purse.  After reading Fast Sketching, I added the 7b Shorty pencil, a click eraser, a brown Pigma, a binder100_2549 clip, a few pages of glassine the size of the journal page and a folded paper towel tucked into the journal.  This is my bare minimum kit. 

My hoard of supplies grew and I gathered them all up in a tackle bag.  I liked the fishbone image but carefully picked o100_2550_3ut the stitches that spelled out the company 100_2551name.  It has nylon zip baggies on binder rings.    A baggie for each type of goodie, tech pens, markers, pencils, cut and paste supplies, etc.  A journal fits snuggly inside the front and a watercolor set in the outside pouch.

100_2552100_2553_2 That worked well but it was heavy and when traveling I aim for just the essentials.  We have a big family and when everyone is loaded into the minivan along with suitcases, all the kids’ electronic gizmos, toys, backpacks, and the cooler there isn’t even any room for our feet!

100_2555_2 I got this little hemp bag that fits (along with my purse) neatly under the console between the front seats and is easy100_2558 to hang around my neck while schlepping all the cargo in and out of hotels or cabins.  I took out my cut and paste baggie from the fish bag, added some neocolors, a few waterbrushes, a Kyoko(sp?) pencil case full of Pitt Pens and Pigmas, some waterbased markers, and put in a few manila envelopes for ephemera that I collect on the trip.  Kiddos each get an envelope too, s100_2560ince they all mak100_2562e journals.  Tucked into the outside slash pocket is another bag.   This one holds my field watercolor kit and real brushes plus charcoal pencils, another Pigma, ruler, kneaded eraser, sponge, and a pencil sharpener.   I grab it for on the spot sketches and watercolor when I don’t need all the other cut and paste stuff.

This is all just pretty basic stuff, but it gets the job done.  I’ve really learned a lot by looking at the other kits posted.  Wow, you folks are sooo creative!!  Hit the Archiver store today for goodies to add to the stash after viewing them in your posts– some glue dots, distress ink, stamps, rub ons, etc.

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Firebird_4 I had to include this image somewhere on the blog.  It has always been my alterego on all of the boards that I am on.  I love the image and it goes so well with my screen names.  As dear as it is to me, I’ve been toying with the idea of using it as a springboard for an even more personalized avatar.  Someday, hmmmm….

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OK, I finally caved to the blog craze.  Now that I have a blog what do I do with it, hmmm?  Mainly this will be just a convenient place to corral all my art and journal posts and pics.  Trick is getting organized, now off to see how other folks do it all.

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