Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Traveling Projects

I spent today "resting." You know how that goes, I'm sure. You know you need to rest and relax from a trip but the kitchen table is covered in mail, the bags are piled in the living room, emails and blogs need to be read, piles sorted and so on and so on.

I did relax a bit and sorted through my yard sale goodies from the trip including a big department store bag full of fabric remnants from a long-time quilter. There are some great pieces bits. I enjoyed just going through them and thinking about what future projects I might do with them.

Putting together projects has become a part of packing for any trip and this one required some real thought.

Luckily my Yahoo Sketchbook Group announced a workshop over at Artists of the Round Table and I had to go check it out. For my non-artist readers there are hundreds if not thousands of groups and Web sites geared to every kind of artist imaginable. Many of them are just geared to being creative. How wonderful is that?

Anyway, this workshop is based on the book "Drawing Lab: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun, For Mixed-Media Artists" by Carla Sonheim. I was hooked as soon as I saw the book and it turned out it was perfect for my travels because it consists of a lot of little projects. I packed a plastic container with many of the supplies and winged it when I had to. I did make an emergency trip to a craft store to get more watercolor paper but mostly I used what I had with me which stretched my creativity a bit more.

One of my favorites was paint blots. We were told to put a dollop of paint on a piece of watercolor paper and smooched it around with an old gift card. After the paint dried we were to take a marker and outline what we saw. Jessica says I was just thinking about Maggie but this dog jumped off the page at me.

Another lab was to combine drawing and collage.
I had so much fun with this one. I didn't do as much drawing as I planned but I'm happy with it. I had an old fashion magazine in my bag and I added watersoluble crayons, watercolor pencils and markers.


If you are having trouble accepting your own inner artist or are in a rut I highly recommend this book. It is full of fun projects that I know I will do over and over.

By-the-way, I drove 3,661 miles. My travel journal and art supplies tucked safely away to bring out whenever I got a chance. When the boys were napping or had gone to bed, in my hotel rooms, and sitting in the front yard. I'm so glad art has become such a big part of my life.