Because I have to divide my time between my home studio and my work studio, I end up having to haul a lot of stuff back and forth. If I intend to get anything done it’s necessary that my art and jewelry supplies follow me around. What this mostly means is that I cuss a lot because something is invariably missing from my bag because I forgot to pack it. I am very, very good at sabotaging myself, apparently.
I do, however, have a wicked-cool doggy-bag to haul all my stuff around in. This is one of my Laurel Burch bags. Yes, one of them. I also have a purse and a suitcase designed by Laurel Burch. It’s not all that surprising that I’m drawn to her work…just LOOK at those colours!! A bag like this can lift your spirits from the depths of the doldrums and put a definite skip in your step.
What came out of the bag at home today: gesso, acrylic retarder, impasto medium, iridescent medium, camera, large tube of acrylic titanium white, large tube of an amazing copper/burgundy/metallic gold acrylic paint. I don’t remember what the colour is called but it’s the kind of colour you just want to squeeze a glob of into your hand and smear all over your canvas….or your face. I know. I’m weird. But this colour is THAT yummy.
What went into the bag to come to work with me: my journal, my sketchbook, watercolour pencils, 6 x 6 watercolour paper, letter-sized watercolour paper, water pen, scotch tape.
Things that stay in the bag all the time: archival ink pens, drawing pencils, a small ruler, gum eraser, white eraser, a very basic drawing pad, a bottle of masking fluid, and my camera manual.
This poor bag has a constant ebb and flow of supplies. Things go in, things go out. It’s like a daily tide of supplies and goodies. Sometimes everything stays inside because I don’t get to it or my Muse takes a powder, but sometimes…..sometimes magical things happen when things come out of the bag.
Now a question for all you creative types out there: Have you ever bought an art or craft supply just because you fell in love with or were intrigued by it, but didn’t have a single clue what you were going to do with it? Something you just HAD to have that you may or may not have ever done anything with? Sort of like a tube of amazing copper/burgundy/metallic gold acrylic paint? Let me know in the comments. Come on….fess up….have ya huh? The lady with paint all over her face promises not to laugh.