Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Traveling Arts: Part 2

You may remember that I have been working on a travel art journal kit. I tested it out this weekend on a flight from Atlanta to California. The kit contains pens, scissors with a blade smaller than 4 inches, collage papers, journal, wipes, glue stick, glue dots, double stick tape, stamp, and ink.
Me in motion on the flight.
In retrospect I should have included more colored markers/pens. Also paint pens. I definitely felt like I needed more color options.I also should have brought tissue paper to help unify some of the backgrounds.




Friday, April 11, 2014

The Documented Life Workshop: Art to the 5th

Looking forward to the new Art to the 5th The Documented Life style workshop. I was eagerly awaiting the post about it opening this morning. Looks like it is self paced and can be taken at any time too.
The Documented Life Badge

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Traveling Arts

In a previous post, I discussed my plans for traveling with art supplies. I mistakenly thought my current purse would be big enough to fit my Macbook Air. I discovered that it is not wide enough. Even if it could, I would then need to have a separate bag for art supplies because my purse would become too heavy.


I got a Lug Puddle Jumper. I decided that I could use it not only for travel on planes (when I would pack my purse) or by car, but even when I go hang out at the coffee shop. I am able to easily fit my computer, art supplies, and a lot more when on the go.


I stood things up inside my Bag in Bag so you can better see them. Pens, scissors with a blade smaller than 2 inches, collage papers, journal, wipes.

On the other side you can see glue stick, glue dots, double stick tape, stamp, and ink.

The Mad Journaler



Lately, I have been in a creative firestorm, creating journaling pages every spare minute. The Journal above has been completed and I almost cannot close it!

I am also enrolling for the first time in the wildly popular The Documented Life workshop. A new round begins on Friday  so I am anticipating that.



I am also in t he middle of trying out different techniques for painting on/altering pictures.I purchased an older, 2010 book used called Image Art Workshop by Paula Guhin.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Collage To Go

Me being pushed by Liam at the airport in Florida. 
There are two trips on my horizon. One by car and one by plane. Last month, while spending a week in Florida, my back went completely out, and I could not walk very well. Being confined to bed most of that trip made me very stir crazy. I kept wishing I had brought some of my craft supplies, since I could at least paste some stuff down from bed (even if this were more of a traditional  glue book without the paint I usually add).

Now, with two trips coming up in April, I have been searching for some tips on traveling with art supplies. Everything I can locate on YouTube and blogs talk about taking supplies for things like sketching or watercolor. Since I am more of a true collage person, I soon realized I would need to adjust some of those recommendations.

Picture from Stillman and Birn
I usually work in a 9 x 12 journal. But, for travel, I will be using the much smaller Stillman and Birn 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Zeta series journal. I also purchased a Bag in Bag from Ebay. I will be taking the following with me:


  • 2 black Pitt pens
  • 1 metallic pen
  • Page bling of some kind
  • Stickers
  • Random ephemera
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue dots
  • Baby wipes
  • Scissors- shorter than 4 inches for the plane unless you check it. 
  • Possibly a stamp and ink pad?
  • Possibly some pastels?









Tuesday, January 28, 2014

31 Things: Days 2 and 3

You may remember that I am taking part in 31 Days with Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes. I thought I would update you with days 2 and three. I am greatly enjoying the journaling prompts that Ali has been providing.

Day 2 is morning routine. The color is a bit more vibrant in real life . . .


Day 3 is reading.




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Journaling with Ali Edwards and 31 Things


Day one: Jewelry
 I am super excited to now be enrolled in an intense journaling class with Ali Edwards. Ali is  very well known for her real life journaling and scrapbooking. She is currently teaching 31 Things at Big Picture Classes (I am not certain if registration has closed yet or not).


Today is the first day and the prompt was jewelry. I wanted to take this class because there are very in-depth journaling prompts. One thing I like is that it is not just the prompt itself, but many follow up questions. I like the challenge of having to do more long form journaling.