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Art tool kit

2 Dec

Good morning.

I am part of an amazing group of women who have been meeting monthly to focus on women and leadership. Our vision is to re-imagine how creativity can be used in the ways we lead. It’s an empowering group and I am truly blessed to have these women in my life. This past summer, we held a 1 and 1/2 day retreat  and one activity was to bring in something that represented a part of our whole selves. I brought one of my art journals. It was a given that I would share my art, but it was scary to think that I would be sharing it so publicly. And boy, am I glad I did. The response was better than I could have expected. And because I shared my journal, I’ve been talking more about my art. Which led me to sharing about my circle art journal with my mom. Which led to 2 of the women in our group to begin their own circle art journals. Best of all, one of those women comes over every few weeks to work on her new journal with me. Two creative people working on their art in one space……it’s really something.

Every artist has their favorite tools so I thought I would make a tool kit for my friend. She’s new to the journaling world, so I wanted to give her some things to use when she creates in her own space.

Gift 1

I have these wonderful tins I get my Tazo tea in (Chai is my favorite). I’ve up-cyled these tins for many things (I store paint in some, scrap papers in some and  I have a bunch in my bathroom I use to hold makeup, face cleansing products, hair products, etc). Turns out , it’s also the perfect size for a tool kit!

Gift 2

I covered the tin in book pages (I used Golden Soft Gel Medium for the adhesive, but Mod Podge would have worked as well). The salt rock in the background was a gift from this same friend and I LOVE it! I have it on everytime I work on my art. The soft glowiness of the lamp taps into my creativity somehow (please don’t ask me how to explain that – I’m an artist, we’re all a bit off, right?!)

Gift 3

After a layer of, say it with me now, gesso, I added some paint. My new Indian Yellow hue by Golden and Burnt Umber (a must have) by Winsor & Newton. By the way, I really like the Winsor & Newton paints. The colors are rich and they blend well with other acrylics.

Gift 4

And here’s the finished tin. The image is from my fave, Nashville Art Magazine. Now, to fill the tool kit.

Gift 6

So, what is all of this?

* Bubble wrap (texture)
* Priority stamp
* film canister (circle stamp)
* coffee creamer lid (circle stamp)
* vitamin lid (circle stamp)
* soda lid (circle stamp) Noticing a theme?
* circular tags
* felt flowers
* ribbon (wound on a piece of Starbucks cup holder)
* scraps of paper
* a whole Starbucks cup holder (I used one for a line stamp)
* an old gift card (great pallet  knife)

It all fit nicely into the tin and now she has the start of some fun tools to use in her journals. What I loved best about giving it to her was after I explained how I used the items, she started thinking of every day objects she comes across and how she can begin to use them in her journals.

What “tools” do you use in your art? What’s your favorite?  I’d love for you to share!

Till next time,