I've been doing a lot of art outside lately...
It's just so nice out! There is no point staying inside if I don't have to!
At first it was several trips, carrying my art supplies outside and back in.
Sterling made me a wooden box that folds into an easel for my birthday, which has helped a lot, but I don't like to have art supplies roll around, so I thought of a pretty clever idea to solve this problem..
I bought a bunch of sparkly, satin lined, party bags from the thrift store!
and it has been the best decision ever.
I know that they make pencil cases, bags and such for carrying supplies.... But why not give old thrifted party bags a try? They are lined in satin! And the one I carry my most fragile stuff is actually padded.
I'm super funny about my art tools... they are my babies. My gems!I've always been like that.. Art tools should be treated like the special gems they are.
I dropped a pencil of mine off the deck the other day... I panicked and cried. I was so heartbroken!
I know it was just a pencil falling off a deck... but I was mortified.
Back when I was teaching art, my students really liked to push my buttons. They knew that a pet-peeve of mine was pencil throwing... so obviously, they threw the colored pencils around the room, into the ceilings, at me, at each other.
I was teaching art at a residential high school/treatment center.. rowdiness was pretty normal, but I couldn't handle the pencil throwing.
I finally was able to explain this to them: "You know how frustrating it is to sharpen a pencil, then go back to your seat, press your freshly sharpened pencil to your paper, only to have it break again and again? Or how annoying it is when you sharpen and sharpen a pencil and it just keeps breaking? That's because the lead inside breaks when you throw them!"
Suddenly everyone understood.. And I don't think we had a pencil throwing problem any longer.
Back then we were just using Crayola colored pencils.. (Though I had a special set of prisma colors for students to borrow if they were respectful)
I'm now working with pencils are that 3.00 a pop! That is why I call them my gems.
That is why I carry them in satin lined bags with sparkles.
I don't know. Maybe I'm weird, but it just makes sense to me.
Plus, maybe if/when people come over, they will see all the party bags scattered around the floor.. they will assume I'm normal and go out and socialize.