So that’s reasonably successful so far. I’ve done a bunch of stuff in the crap journal, made index cards for all but today, located the Aeneid and the black-and-white book in the mess (yes! I have been CLEANING! Tremble, mortals), and figured out how to take a photo that’s not complete rubbish in the interim. It involves a lot of guesswork and balancing stacks of books, though, so don’t prepare to be dazzled just yet.
None of my recent art is worth writing home about, so today I am doing a thing I have been meaning to do for a while, one of the Three Solemn Tasks of the Initiate Art Blogger: posting about my basic art kit.
It lives, if you will believe it, in a cheapie little makeup (?) pouch with a zipper. My mother picked up at the discount store as a stocking stuffer a couple years back, and it works swell, as Mr. Beaver would say.
It contains, on any given day:
- black Pitt pens in assorted nib sizes,
- a hard pencil for sketching and at least one eraser,
- basic colored pencils plus blender,
- a good pencil sharpener,
- sharp scissors,
- bone folder,
- and a glue stick.
The current glue stick I think may be discontinued, which is a shame because it is ace; it grabs fast and sticks hard. I am not sure what I’ll do when I’ve used it up. Not shown are a mechanical (soft) pencil, white and black gel pens, and the kneaded eraser.
The best part is that all of that only fills the bag about halfway, so I have plenty of room to wedge in a travel watercolor set if I want it, or some colored felt pens, or several rolls of washi tape, or even a tiny sketchbook if I am travelling extra light. Otherwise I just stick it in my shoulder bag with any given journal, and then I am fully prepared if I have a sudden attack of Art while sitting in the pharmacy drive-thru.
Originally I kept my watercolors in it, because that seemed to be the done thing — all the books and all the blogs say ALWAYS CARRY YOUR WATERCOLOR SET! But the truth is I paint a lot less than I draw or collage, so I ditched the paints for the colored pencils. I can always put them back in on a day when I feel painty. This is what I had to learn for myself — your Basic Art Kit will evolve over time, and it does not need to look like anyone else’s.