I wanted to share some of the things of learned as a ‘traveling crafter’. I’ve been vacationing and my crafts have been limited to one duffle bag. I struggle with this as I really like to spread out and I’m afraid I’ve been spoiled to have a whole room in the last 2 years.
Necessity being the mother of invention, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learned:
- I packed more tools than anything else: paint brushes, hole punch, files, wire working pliers, scissors, needles etc. – this way when I get to my destination and I do some thrifting or borrow from my mom’s stash I can actually do some things where maybe the raw materials didn’t fit into my bag.
- Watercolors are great – and so cheap for $.99 you can get RoseArt watercolors, which has been fun for me and for my 3 year old.
- Second-hand flash cards are a fun canvas for small portable art. I picked up a bag of flash cards from the thrift store and have decorated them with Gesso, water colors, colored pencils, buttons, glitter, see the photo.
- Buttons are great for making art too. String them together, decorate your shoes, embellish a sweater or just decorate the buttons themselves. A few weeks ago I noticed an Ebay auction where the seller had used permenate markers, glitter, jewels, paper, fabric etc to decorate a batch of buttons. This one was fun for me and the 3 year old as well.