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Vacation Spin

"spin" 5.5x8" sketch exacompta, pitt pen, altered

The girls and I are off to Pennsylvania and I won't be posting til we get back in a week. So I hope you have a fun week!!! I'll have lots of photographs and ideas to share when we get back. Traveling is always a wicked creativity spark.

We talked about what art materials we'll need for the trip. I've got to tell you that I am SO TEMPTED to take two teeny, tiny travel watercolor kits and a few brushes but I really don't think I'll use them. I always way over-think what I am taking on vacation. I keep thinking through the possibilities and it takes forever to decide. But logically, I know that with drawing materials I can draw and write. Usually we bring mini-tape, scissors, a stapler etc but we will have access to office supplies where we're staying so that's less to take. This is the first trip EVER with the girls that they've opted to leave the colored pencils at home. It made me teary-eyed.

Creative stuff for me:

  • 3 - superfine black pitt pens (can you tell I don't want to be without one)
  • 1 - fine black pitt pen
  • 10 - sakura gellyrolls
  • 1 - 5x8" sketch moleskine journal for writing or drawing
  • 1 - 5x8" watercolor moleskine journal for drawing
  • Podcasts on my ipod
  • Photos of architecture, flowers, my drawings etc. on my ipod for inspiration
  • Books (still deciding)

Creative stuff for the kids (8 & 10):

When we get back I want to make a travel journal with inspiration from Hanna's fun flip-thru travel journal video. I like how Hanna prepped the journal (ooh, with stitches...) before the trip; hopefully I'll find a few minutes to do that.  The stuff we collected in our travels LAST SUMMER is still a big jumble in a cardboard box! In fact here's our art material list from the Europe trip last year, more extensive! I think having the journal prepped gives me one less reason to procrastinate.

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Reader Comments (4)

have a safe, wonderful trip!

I too tend to bring stuff I don't end up using - when we were in Turkey I never did touch the neocolors or watercolors, and like we have a drawer full of ephemera. My daughter did make good use of the gellyrolls, and I used my sakura pens and fountain pens, but that's about it. I did use watercolors and pencils on my summer trip to my parent's house, though.

I like your streamlined approach - but I admit that I always figure I might pick up new stuff at my destination :)

happy travels!

09.3.2010 | Unregistered Commentersophie_vf

have a great time! I always overload the car with art stuff when I go away - especially on trips to the coast!! I have just started a flickr account now.

09.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaki

This is gorgeous! I'm not going anywhere but this post still makes me want to choose a bunch of supplies and just curl up somewhere to create!

Have fun on your trip :)

09.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

I had a dream about you last night! I just stumbled upon your website the other day and immediately became obsessed with mandalas. So in my dream I saw you out in public somewhere and had to go up to you to ask what pen you use to do your mandalas. Haha. how random is that? I've just been using a sharpie ultra five but i'm pretty sure that's not what you use.

09.4.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

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