Sunday, February 13, 2011
Protection from Being Bored
My ongoing quest has been to find the lightest, smallest, most useful supplies and in the past couple of trips, I believe I may have finally perfected my selection.
I packed my beading kit with supplies for two different projects: finishing the beaded back of a cabochon setting, and experimenting with ideas for the Bead Soup challenge. The beading cloth fits an airplane tray table almost perfectly. As long as I have day light, I can get a fair bit of beading done.
If I'd remembered my camera to take process photos, I could have easily finished the cabochon back, but I didn't. Sigh. My camera will likely come with me in the future. I'd left it behind figuring I could use my iPhone to take vacation pictures. It's is great for a lot of things, but not macro photographs.
moleskin (same as my Alaska trip). The paper is thin and bleeds through, so I only use every other 2-page spread, but that still gives plenty of drawing space for a one-to-two week trip. Add a drawing pen, an home-made watercolor box and a water brush, and you have a complete kit that fits in a largish pocket and can be used anywhere. I've painted on planes, standing in line, on the beach and any number of other odd places.
Housed in an Altoid tin, I filled 24 empty half-pans with my favorite water colors attached to two layers of heavy cardstock with double-sided tape. The top layer lifts out and can sit in the lid (which can also serve as a mixing tray) or any flat surface. Add in a small napkin or tissue for cleaning the brush so you don't have to use your clothing and you're good to go.
My drawing set came in very handy protecting both my 5 year old niece and my 9 year old nephew from incipient boredom while waiting for the buses to take us to and from the parks.
I love Emme's six-legged unicorn and her snowman with its rainbow dress (I was informed it was a dress, not a cloak). Sam focused on planes with rocket propulsion and massive guns. Notice that both proudly signed their work.
So what are your favorite art supplies/kits for traveling?