|'Santa Comes to St. Thomas' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am headed back to the Caribbean! I am taking a girls Pre-Christmas Cruise with my Mom, sister and daughter. All I want to do is relax! I have a pile of books to read and my new GoPro camera to play with. I wasn't even going to take any pastels. I know.... I have the Gogh Box. I have my small kit that I took on my Southwest trip. But I thought it would be a good thing to just take my sketch book and just take pictures, sketch and observe. A Painting Break might not be a bad thing. And I may do it.
But just in case I got an overwhelming urge to paint I need to have some supplies!
So I put together my smallest pastel kit ever. If you saw my Black Friday Haul video yesterday then you got a sneak peek at my kit. Here is is below. Let me describe what I did:
Everything I need to paint small pastel paintings (5x7 or less) fit nicely in this soft-sided Bible cover. This is a zippered book cover that measures 8x10 and has two outside pockets. Oh and it is even reversible! I paid $8 for the cover.
To outfit the kit I filled a small Terry Ludwig pastel box with a selection of pastel pieces. I wanted an assortment of darks and lights and then filled in with middle values. I really needed a bit more space for some Nupastels and charcoal so I filled up a small 4x4" box. I made sure the boxes had two layers of foam and I used rubber bands to keep the lids secure. It is important that you can't hear the pastels move when you shake the box. Here are some of the other supplies I fit in the kit:
- My backing board which is a piece of 5x7 foam core that I put in a Clearbag for protection.
- A small bulldog clip to clip the paper to my board.
- baby wipes...travel size
- A small notepad to slip the finished paintings into....I happened to find a nice travel themed plastic coated notepad! I am using a binder clip to keep it closed so the paintings won't fall out.
- A selection of papers. I am going to paint minis....2.5x3.5 but paper up to 5x7 will fit in this kit.
- A small watercolor kit (in a pill case) and a water brush.
|The kit all zippered up and ready to travel!|
While I am away I have prepared some of my favorite posts from 2013. Internet on a ship is slow and expensive so I will do my best to get the posts published but if you don't hear from me I'll be back online on December 22!