Art On The Go! – Packing My Art Supplies

I’m excited to be packing our 19′ Roadtrek van for a two month trip. This means packing art supplies to keep me busy for two months in a very small amount of space. It’s required me to do a lot of prep work like cutting boards for making boxes and cutting paper the right size for projects. I even had to come up with an alternative to taking along my book press which is too big for the space I have available.

About 500 papers cut 1″ by 4″ that will be turned into Origami Mandalas.

Trying to pare down my supplies to fit into just a couple of small boxes has been a challenge like no other I’ve experienced. Obviously I can’t pack my entire studio, so it’s made me look carefully at each item I’m taking. I only have half of one overhead compartment for all the supplies I’m taking. It’s required me to make some difficult choices.

Binders board already cut and packaged to make 30 little boxes on my trip.

I am going to try and make 30 little boxes on this trip. I think I packed everything I need. PVA glue; check. Binder’s board already cut; check. Wheat starch; check. Container to mix wheat starch; check. Paper for collage; check. Acrylic medium for sealing; check. Brush to apply said medium; check. Wire; check. Beads and such for lids; check. Wire cutters; check. Alternative to board press; check. I hope I didn’t forget anything that I can’t pick up along the way.

What I’m packing in lieu of my book press to keep my lids flat while they’re drying.

My book press would take up too much space in our little van, so I got some counter laminate and c-clamps to use for pressing my boards. I had holes drilled in a couple of them so I can press two boards together when I make the lids. I’ll post photos later of the process.

I’ll be blogging while we’re traveling, although the posts could be a little irregular if we’re not in an area where the internet is available. Usually I post on Monday and Thursday, and I’ll try to continue with that if I can. No guarantees.

Enjoy, Candy

9 responses to “Art On The Go! – Packing My Art Supplies

  1. Have a great time, Candy. We go offroading for several months at a time in the West and also Baja. I always manage to take some kind of art kit along with me, too (although I have much less space than you, just a satchel or ArtBin). It’s a real joy to do art out in the wild.

    • I wish I could take my whole studio with me, mainly for all my equipment and papers. Having to decide what I need to do ahead of time is difficult for me. Lack of spontaneity, or so it seems. But it does keep me focused.

  2. What a challenge–Congrats on getting it DONE & Bon Voyage! :- )
    (& enjoy your different Merry Christmas of ’16!)

  3. Annick (zotvanletters.blogspot.com)

    Have fun on the road,Candy and hope to see ‘the results’ real soon !

  4. Wow, Candy, sounds like a wonderful adventure! Where are you off to? Looks like you are well-prepared for lots of “creating on-the-go”. Take good care and have a wonderful trip. Look forward to your posts………

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