What's in my art travel kit?

Ever wonder what's in my art travel kit? *winks* It's everything I can fit into my Kipling pouch + an art journal. If it's a long flight, they come with me on the plane. Otherwise, I just pack them in my checked-in luggage.

I do switch it up a bit depending on what's my latest "craze".
These days, it's drawing and painting faces. :)

1. A5 art journal

The pages are prepped with gesso and some pages have simple backgrounds done with mists and masks.

2. Faber Castell Gelatos

These are my faves because of their versatility. They can be used as a wet or dry medium. And you can use your fingers or a brush.

3. Prismacolor pencils + sharpener + eraser

I use the pencils for drawing. They are super blendable. And when you work with them on top of an acrylic painted surface, the marks can be erased!

4. Montana and Posca paint markers + Sakura white gelly roll pen + Faber Castell PITT pen

The Montana and Posca paint markers are filled with thin acrylic paints that are opaque and perfect for colouring in faces. The Montana ones are refillable. Both are made in Japan.

The Sakura gelly roll pen and Faber Castell PITT pens are for journaling.

5. Holbein watercolours

I recently bought this travel metal tin box and filled it up with 12 yummy Holbein watercolours in half pans. Next on my list are Schmincke watercolours.

6. Water brushes + spritzer

Acrylics are very hard on brushes so I bring two water brushes with one especially for watercolour. The spritzer is for diluting the colorants and washing my brushes.

There you have it. What's in my art travel kit.  What about you? What are your essentials when you travel?

P/s: I'm currently exploring my digital options so that if I really need to travel light, I can just bring a tablet with me.


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My version of a pocket letter...


Hello friends! Have you heard about the latest craze in happy mail? It's a pocket letter, a term coined by Janette Lane. Basically you fill a pocket page with sweet goodies that the recipient can use or admire. 

Now, I didn't have the 9 pocket trading card protector which folds neatly into 3 to fit a standard 10 size envelope. But I do have lots of 6x8 pocket pages [ failed attempt at Project Life *winks*]...and you know me, I'm a rule-breaker...*LOL*

Fortunately, there was at least ONE pocket I could really go crazy with the embellishments. :) 

I also added chipboard pieces and paper clips the recipient could use. And the pretty is held together by the two floral paper clips. Gotta love Maya Road embellishments.:)

So who should I send this pocket letter to?


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Making a statement out of 15 minutes


Two nights ago I decided to challenge myself to make a "statement card out of neutrals". *winks*

1. Choose residual-misted card base from stack - 1 minute
2. Select a stencil, get light modeling paste and apply to card base with a palette knife - 4 minutes
3. Pick out neutral embellishments and arrange them in a pleasing manner - 4 minutes

4. Apply matte medium + mica flakes - 1 minute
5. Adhere embellishments to card base with hot glue gun - 4 minutes
6. Round corners of card and admire handiwork - 1 minute

I'm not sure if it makes a statement but I think it turned out quite pretty. What do you think? 

Playing along with Fusion Card Challenge. I used the sketch. 


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Wonderful day


So two weekends ago, my parents and sister whisked off for a short holiday to Hong Kong and I played the "home alone" sympathy card to score a home-cooked meal at my cousin's new home. [Yes...I can be "devious"...*sinister music plays in the background*].*winks*

Except for the little snafu where I drove in circles trying to find her apartment [google maps said her address doesn't exist], I had a great time viewing her new abode and catching up with her and her husband.

I also got to spend time with their puppy....little miss Caramel. And eat my cousin's chocolate chip bread pudding with ice-cream. Yum!

A super quick layout using paper scraps, stickers, washi tape and buttons.  

Playing along with Stuck?! Sketches.


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Using stuff I've been hoarding...


The recent reorganization of my art supplies had led to the inevitable uncovering of the stuff I've been hoarding...which may be a good thing right? *winks*

I found a gazillion Magnum ice-cream sticks...[hey, they had a 1-for-1 promotion most of last year! *lol*], some fussy-cut patterned papers,doilies, remnant trims,  paper clips and twine. Yeah, I mostly hoard found stuff...the pretty ones I just use immediately.*LOL*

Which was great since I like to use little bits and pieces on my layouts. :)

The cute kids are my cousins' kids...[I have 11 nephews and nieces!]

Playing along with Sketchabilities.


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Using purples and neutrals on a card for ColourArte

I love purples and neutrals. :) Today I'm sharing a step-by-step tutorial for creating this mixed media card over at the ColourArte blog.

If you have time, I would love for you to check out my tutorial.:)


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My modus operandi for making a card...


My modus operandi for making a card these days is

1. Pick a card base from my stack of residual misted watercolour paper.
2. Pull out some embellishments I want to use and arrange them on the card.
3. Once I'm happy with the basic placement of elements, I start adhering them on the card base to reduce fiddling time.

4. After the decorative elements are adhered, I scrutinize the card to see what's missing...Is it well-balanced? Does it need more texture? Or colour?
5. Then I add my finishing address the "flaws" I see in #4. 

Totally doable right?


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An old mixed media canvas...


So I recently got back some of my mixed media canvases that were on display at my LSS Made With Love. Including this busy mixed media canvas featuring my fave muses - nephew J and niece S - that I never shared here.

That was back in October 2013....just over a year and a half ago. Now I look at it and wonder how much time I took then to fussy cut all the blooms in the background and stamp all the foliage.

 I really went all out with all the details for my whimsical garden scene....stamping and rub-ons, pearls and wood tiles!

That was the start of my fave pop-up silhouette photo craze I think....*winks*

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me. Aren't you glad my style is way more streamlined now? *LOL*

Happy weekend friends! :)


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Storage ideas: How I store my art supplies

One of the best things I've done this year was to take my art supplies out of their original packaging and putting them in clear sight. In clear containers. I love see-through containers because they take up less visual space and feel less "heavy" in a room.

I am a firm believer in storing things the way you use them. Organizing them in a practical way that allows you easy access to your supplies trumps making them look neat and tidy but totally inaccessible. So get your art supplies out of packaging!

I recently bought these Sparco Storage Organizers from Amazon for my pens and markers. They are 6x6x6 and can be used facing up or on its side. The adjustable divider can be removed too. I bought them when they were on sale at US$5.99 which was an awesome deal since they are now double the price.

My fave are these acrylic Muji drawers. I pull the drawers out when I'm using them and it's easy to put my supplies back [in rainbow-colour order of course...:)].  I store my ink pads, crayons, watercoloursand other colorants in these drawers. Here I have my Faber Castell gelatos.

They are also great for my Twinkling H20s. :)

My MT washi tapes sit in another type of acrylic drawers from Muji. I can fit about about 10 regular size tape rolls in each drawer. I love that I can just pull out each drawer and see all the designs at once.

I also use the 2-drawer Sparco Storage Organizer for supplies that don't fit into my Muji drawers. Like my Ranger Stickles. It's a little more messy and requires a little rummaging but at least they are all located in one place.

My buttons are stored in these stackable containers. They come in a pack of 4. I bought them from Freedom kitchenware section when I was in Australia. In Singapore, you can get them at Howards Storage World but it's twice the price.

My brads, eyelets and photo turns are kept in these small round containers that all fit in a clear acrylic case. They are organized by colours. I got them from my local art supply store Art Friend.

All my paper and fabric blooms are stored in clear tiered containers I got from True Value in the Philippines.

There you have it. How I store some of my art supplies right now. Do you have a thing for clear storage like me? *winks*


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Rediscovering old ways...


Sometimes I like to re-explore and re-discover techniques I've used before but might have outgrown or even forgotten about. In the last two years, my world has been pretty much about playing with messy mixed media techniques.

Today, I'm sharing a card that is clean and colorant-free. Still me...but a little more subdued. *winks*

The cardstock texture was created with a scoreboard and the tag was distressed for a little texture. Then a mix of different embellishments complete this quick card.

P/s: This card was created for Maya Road for a craft show. I just LOVE their range of embellishments.:) 


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