By: Amy Maricle
Hello Wonderful, Creative You!
Do you have a portable art kit yet? I love them, especially when I have decorated the pouch with fun patterns, designs, and colors. Portable art kits facilitate art for busy people. For more on portable art kits, click here.
I know it’s hard to find 1 – 2 hour stretches to yourself, but frequently you spend time waiting at the doctor’s office, at your daughter’s dance class, or in between meetings. That could all be art time.
Feed Your Inner Artist: Make Art a Daily Practice
The next time you get a few minutes of down time, imagine what it would be like reaching into your bag and seeing one of these pouches – it would be hard to resist doing just a little something, wouldn’t it? Instead of looking at your phone or a magazine, pull out a thin tipped marker, a chalk pastel, and a mini journal.
Doodle for a few minutes. Listen to the sound of the chalk pastel lightly etching across the page. Feel your breathing slow down. Suddenly you have arrived in the moment. You are mindful – focusing on what is happening in the here and now through your art and your body’s experience of it.
Increasing your creativity is a matter of making your art practice a regular part of your day. Start looking for opportunities to feed your inner artist – read about artists and look at their work, talk to other creatives, and engage in daily art play. Pick a color, make a few marks. Don’t make it too complicated.
Give Your Inner Artist a Gift: Make a Stamped Art Pouch
On a recent trip to my local business supply store, I was thrilled to find a large number of canvas zipper pouches on sale for just .25 cents each! I am always on the hunt for zipper pouches because they make great portable art kits.
I have a few different art pouches for different purposes, and I carry different ones depending on my mood or my travels. They make great gifts too. (I’d like to give YOU one, so comment at the end for your chance to win!)
These canvas pouches were perfect opportunity to try stamping on fabric. I’ve been looking for an excuse for some time – I’d love to do tea towels, shirts, anything practical that could become much more personal, artsy, and beautiful.
I hope you try it, it was LOADS of fun. Hunt down (or make) your own fabric zippered pouch and follow along on this tutorial! Remember to comment for your chance to win one of the pouches I made.
Making a Stamped Art Pouch
1. Cut your own stamp.
If you have never done this before, please don’t skip this step! Making your own stamp is easy and affordable. Whether you are using a Speedball Stamp Making Kit, or cutting foam into shapes and pasting them on wood or plastic bottle caps, you’ll find that creating your own stamps adds a whole new level of fun, originality, and expressiveness to your art making. For a full tutorial on stamp cutting, click here.
2. Paint a Base Coat of Gesso
I skipped this step because I liked how the canvas had a natural look to it. However, if you want a white background, or if you want to be sure that your colors will not change in any way, use a coat of gesso before you paint, and let it dry thoroughly. You can see the change in the minty color I used on the pouches. On my palette it’s mint, but once it dried on the pouches in the picture below, it looks green.
3. Coat your stamp with a layer of acrylic paint.
The triangle stamp shown in this photo is made from craft foam I found at the local craft store. I cut triangles and placed them on a block of wood in different orientations. In my art, I have found the simplest shapes in stamps to be some of the most attractive and satisfying in my journals and other art pieces.
4. Place Your Stamp on the Fabric and Press Firmly
5. Vary the Pattern.
Orient the stamp in different directions, run it off the fabric, vary the color, tone, or saturation of the stamp, or let the stamp seem to “travel” across the fabric.
5. Let Your Art Pouch Dry and Fill ‘Er Up!
What Should You Carry in An Art Pouch or Portable Art Kit?
You can get quite a bit in there if you are creative about it. My main portable art kit for art journaling is about the size of small woman’s clutch purse. Here’s what might be inside on any given day:
a full set of sharpie markers
white gel pen
travel watercolor set
travel watercolor brush with water well
Items that vary; stamps, small acrylic paint tube, paper scraps, gesso, glue, scissors, water soluble crayons.
What do you want to carry in your art kit? Where will you make art?
Art Pouch Giveaway!
There are two ways to win one of these lovely art pouches.
1. Comment on this post and I will choose one winner at random by Sunday, June 7th at 9 pm.
2. Tune in for the Art Journaling Webinar tonight at 8:30 PM and find out how to get a second chance to win.
Happy Art Making!