Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mini Traveling Art Kit



I've always had an interest in compact objects with the potential to hold your entire life in one small package. Even when I was very young I was intrigued with the Dr. Suess character representing the letter spazz in the book On Beyond Zebra. I was into deep literature as a child. The man in the illustration for the letter spaz carried his entire worldly possessions - unbrella, alarm clock, needle and thread, etc. on the curly hooks of the horns of his lanky camel like creature. (I wanted to post a picture here but thought I would probably be breaking copyright law.)

I'm not a terribly impatient person. Well, my husband would probably tell you otherwise. But actually, I can wait if I have something to do in the meantime. With that in mind and with Dr. Seuss as an inspiration, I have created for myself a little mini portfolio. I came up with this idea at about 3:00 a.m. one night. That is when my best ideas come. I will use this hand embellished case to pack art card blanks that can be stored in my purse. Then when I find myself in waiting mode in a doctor's office or before a meeting, I can whip out my art card and use that moment for creativity. The back of the mini portfolio is smooth and automatically becomes a perfect drawing board for my art card. I also have a small vintage children's watercolor tin that holds my basic pencils, erasers, etc. I'm so motivated by my little Suessian style portfolio for art cards, that I'm planning one for journaling supplies and one for collage work. I'll let you know when they are done. I'm sure you can hardly wait!

And then here are some pictures of my studio helpers and inspiration coaches. As you can see, they have a very tough
job.

7 comments:

Jessie said...

These furry critters look like pretty good company to me!
What an innovative design you have there! I like the idea of having a little mini art kit in my purse.

Maureen said...

Very cute idea! Your furries look so comfy - makes me want to snuggle up there with them!

Glenda-TwoCoolTexans said...

Love the bunny art and the whole project.

But, your helpers...they are just too sweet. Very cool to get to see them so that when we talk about our pets, we can envision what exactly they look like.

Annette F. Tait said...

Elizabeth what a wonderful idea and it has turned out super!
I love Dr Seus but I've not read that book - must go and have a look. I see your helpers are busy with the 3am inspiration moments!

twostraycats said...

The art and the helpers are most fabulous :)

Lily

pey said...

Great example of merged aesthetics and utility, looking forward to more!

Kathleen said...

Very fun creation! Wow - that is so much more organized than my hastily assembled ziplock bag. Looking forward to you future creations, too. Love the furballs =) I usually have a couple of furries in my studio, too =)

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