I’m just back from traveling for two months. I enjoyed it, but things did not go as I anticipated. I’m not complaining. I met wonderful people, formed new friendships and enjoyed numerous activities. It’s been great!
Metal art found on an office wall. This is my inspiration for some paper art I am planning on making in the future.
I packed expecting one set of adventures, but fate had different plans. Everything went as planned until the second week in January. Then things got interesting. We stayed with new friends while waiting for multiple appointments for our van which developed a fuel leak. Since most of my art supplies were in the van, which was being worked on, I didn’t get all that much art done. My planned trip to a paper art exhibit Tucson, didn’t happen. Nor did I get to visit Sedona or Santa Fe or Taos.
Hiking in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.
We did make it to the Superstition Mountains. Great hiking and wonderful views. Car trouble there, but wonderful strangers to help carry 5 of us out. Lots of wonderful experiences, but not what was planned.
A piece of calligraphy I did with a brush marker and black pen.
What did I learn from this experience? I packed too many art supplies of the wrong type. I was typing to do the same type of art that I would have done at home. Next time I’m going with a couple of journals with watercolor paper and drawing paper. I won’t plan on making boxes on my trip. I’ll keep it simple with watercolors and a few different types of pens and pencils.
Being serenaded by the bird on the top of the Saguaro Cactus.
As I do more traveling, I’m sure I’ll revise what I take on my travels. I’ll keep you posted as to what works for me as I travel.
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.