Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it. -Roald Dahl
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I love to travel. I especially love to paint at the beach, so I make it really easy for myself to carry art supplies while travelling.
But then my sister-in law went and made me the BEST gift ever!
She designed and handmade this art supply carrier (mostly out of paper). And it perfectly fits all of my favorite traveling art supplies.
Not to mention, it has a built-in sketchbook!
Here’s what my old travelling setup looked like… nothing very glamorous.
The main supplies I take with me whenever I’m on the go are:
* a travel-sized watercolor set
* 2 water-soluble oil pastels
* 1 oil paint stick
* a pencil and sharpener
* a white and neon pink paint pen (I love the water-based ones by Sharpie)
* sketchbook (lately I’ve been using bristol paper)
I always save the long baggies that Dick Blick mails their art supplies in and then wrap all of my supplies inside. Easy.
But this handmade carrier is so much better. And SO pretty!
I love that my sister-in-law used vintage wallpaper (the metallic kind with flocking) and washi tape for the edges.
And I cannot believe all of my supplies fit.
If you know the story of how I got back into painting again in 2009 (after being fired and not painting for years), you’ll remember that my sister-in-law also played a HUGE part in helping me get back my creative spark.
She gifted me with a few fabulous vintage wallpaper books. That inspired me to paint whimsical characters and cut-out their outfits from the paper (pretty much what started all of the whimsical paintings you see here). You can read more of that story here.
She also attended my first owl painting workshop here in Madison in 2010. If you’ve ever done something way out of your comfort zone, you know how important it is to have someone go out of their way to show up and support you through it.
I am so incredibly grateful for all of her support.
Do you have something you’ve been so grateful for this year?
The new year always gets me thinking about what I’ve been most grateful for this past year and what I’d like to see more of in the days ahead. I’ll be sure to look for your gratitudes and intentions in the comments of this post.
May your new year be full of positivity and inspiration!
Ps. If you’re looking for a little inspiration, you can see how I use some of these art supplies in my videos here.
I also play a lot with these travelling supplies in my online class Bliss – Mixed Media On Location. It’s a self-paced class, so you can join anytime. And, since all of my online classes share the same fb group, there is always a positive and supportive community creating with you!