When I travel to places other than quilt shows and mixed-media events (where I take everything but the kitchen sink!) I use only one carry-on bag. I guess I've had one-too-many lost bag episodes when going overseas and I don't want to mess with it anymore. Because my packing space is quite limited I am forced so severely edit my "stuff", clothing and otherwise.
For this trip I carried more art-making supplies than usual. I hope to engage a few other people I know into some art making while here so I brought some extra markers, pens, and paper. I thought it might be interesting to show what I carry, and ask what you take with you when you travel.
Right: pad of stonehenge paper, 2 sets of Sakura pens/markers
Left: my clear plastic zipper bag with the following:
gel adhesive (less than 4 oz for travel)
several Copic sketch markers
one good watercolor brush
small travel watercolor set (I removed the watercolors and replaced them with gouache)
2 pads of 4x6 watercolor postcards
2 sets of letter stencils
2 sharpie pens
I have an old habit of sending myself (and others) postcards when I travel. I love opening the mailbox 2 or 3 weeks after I return from Europe to find a postcard from the trip. It is like a small, freeze-frame memory of the time there. My friend Billie calls these "exquisite moments". I like that.
Here is the view of (wet) Amsterdam from the window in front of my
hotel room desk
an array of my travel art supplies
Here is a postcard of a recent quilt I made using a photograph I took while on a previous trip
to Amsterdam. It is called "Amsterdam Alley: The Shortcut Between".
See the photo in the center (transferred onto cloth)?
This quilt is a curator's piece in "The Space Between" exhibition.
Size: 4 feet long by 3 feet wide. I thought it would be fun to mail a postcard from here with this image!
I would like to know whether you carry art supplies when you travel. If so, what do you take and how do you make use of them? Do you use a journal? Send postcards? I want to hear from you!
Also, I will be posting images from my trip on my blog, so stop by!