what I bring on the road with me, I have been using this for 4-5 years at least.
I wrote about it on my blog in 2011.
Art supplies are packed & a paper-Pira (for selfies) has been made.
I’m ready for my two week trip to visit family in Finland! Nähdään!
I love Pirau’s traveling art kit (above). Having a small art kit when we recently traveled to Canada was so amazingly helpful to me. It made it easy for me to continue with my Index Card a Day project … and kept me sane, more or less!
Further research had brought me to vast amount of travel journals. People put literally everything in them, from train tickets to bills from cafes making them so personal and interesting. Looking at these examples I such a huge need to read/browse whole thing and find out more about their travel. They all look like a such a personal thing but at the same time they seem to be artistically driven and full of references that makes them presentable and interesting for others.
Introducing Simone…the wood grrrl silhouette I’ve been working on the last couple of days. I’m really happy with how she turned out.
This was originally a plain wood shape purchased from Michaels. I was drawn to it at first because I thought it would be neat to decorate it and mail it naked. Then it sat for a few years in my “to-do” drawer. When I picked it back up a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t too intent on making it mailable - just finishing it.
First I covered the shape in black acrylic paint. Black because I knew I wanted the outer edges to be black, and because black always helps when you’re using double-sided papers, such as book pages - if you have a dark base color it’ll help fade out the text on the backside so it doesn’t show through on the front. After I painted it black, I remembered I was out of Mod Podge…then I was going out town for the 4th+long weekend. It would just have to wait a little longer. I really truly started working on it again a couple of days ago. That’s when I decided who she was going to be.
Materials used: lots of paper bits (patterned scrap book papers, magazine clippings, book images, a print-out of an old collage of mine, tissue paper, comic book clippings, hand-painted papers, FRAGILE label, die-cuts) all applied with Mod Podge, electrical tape (that’s what’s crossing through the FRAGILE label), rub-ons from a Crayola kit (her eyes & all the other “tattoos”), china marker, neon acrylic paint, paint pens, pencil, glitter top-coat (spot applied - just around the edges and around her eyes) and a couple of coats of gloss varnish to seal.