Sunday, August 10, 2014

Organization: Art Travel Bag

During the month of August I have been participating in Susannah Conway's photo challenge. The August Break is a way to use photography to pause and be in the moment, to notice those small things in your life. This is exactly what taking photos and sharing them is for me. It is my daily gratitude and another form of journaling.

There are prompts each day if you would like to use those. Today's prompt was "in my bag". This made me think about the above photo I had posted to Instagram a few months ago. Someone commented with a request to see what was in the bag. So this seemed like a good chance to show you. 

This is my travel art bag that I take on overnight excursions. The bag itself was picked up at Cracker Barrel Old Time Country Store and Restaurant. It is a gardening tote but looked perfect for my art needs. 

In a clockwise spiral, the bag contains - 
  • pencil box containing drawing supplies including an eraser, mechanical and drawing pencils, Gelly Roll and PITT pens 
  • plastic expandable file that holds various papers and collage fodder
  • old catalog or magazine used as a gluing surface (just turn the page for a clean work area)
  • cutting mat
  • paper cutter
  • C-Thru ruler
  • pencil box containing a variety of colored pens such as Paper Mate Flair pens
  • pencil box containing colored pencils, Crayola Pip Squeak Markers, Crayola Twistables Crayons and a pencil sharpener
  • plastic zipper bag to hold ink pad, date stamp and other stamps as needed
  • pencil box to be filled with a variety of washi and decorative tapes
  • scissors, UHU glue stick, roll-on glue tape
  • small zipper bag of watercolor supplies including Cotman Travel Watercolor set, water brush pen, inexpensive brush, spray water bottle
  • wet wipes
  • pad of watercolor paper
  • index cards
  • small clear plastic case holding miscellaneous supplies including binder clips, mini stapler, small C-Thru ruler, needle tool, X-acto knife, small scissors

Some of my favorite things about this set up is that the bag can set in the floor by a chair and not take up often valuable table space. The pencil boxes keep supplies neat and handy. The modular nature also make it easy to grab one box and a journal for a shorter trip or even for the wait to pick up kids at school. 

I was brave and also took a photo of my Mom bag. See more examples of August Break photos here. So what's in your bag?