Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hotel Art

For the last couple of days my Hubby has had a conference in San Diego. Lucky me got to tag along and enjoy some relaxing, kid-less days (Oh, they are OK...Grandma & Grandpa took them to Disneyland). Downtown San Diego is such a fun town with so many things to see and do. We went out to celebrate a friend's birthday, saw a Padre game, and spent some time in the Gaslamp District with fabulous friends - but I knew during the day I was going to be on my own. What a perfect time for some hotel art!

I wanted my art packing to be easy, portable, and hassle-free. Right!? So, here is what I brought along....

1) Pencil bag (pink and glittery of course) filled with all my writing essentials: Micron pens, mechanical pencils, Gelly roll pens in various colors, my waterbrush (a must have for travel!) and a black Sharpie. I was also able to fit 2 clear stamps, a black Staz On stamp pad, a glue stick, and 2 bottles of the Liquid Pearls.

2) A 2 pocket folder to hold all my fun papers and rub ons. I just grabbed a few things from my scrap bin, tore out some book pages and stuck them in there. Easy peasy!!

3) My gorgeous Inktense pencils. These are SO great to travel with. They have such vibrant color!! I was able to stick a small bottle of white Liquitex acrylic paint in this pencil bag too, but I forgot paintbrushes so I didn't use it. Small stencils fit in here nicely too. :)

4) I used a small plastic soap container to hold my Neocolor water-soluble crayons. It is a perfect place to keep them protected. It doesn't hold all of them, so I choose some of my favorite colors.

One of my favorite things to do while I am arting and traveling is to doodle with a black Sharpie. It is super relaxing!

After I doodled away, I colored it in with the pencils and crayons. Then let the waterbrush do it's magic.

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Of course, while in San Diego I couldn't stay up in my hotel room all day in creative bliss (well, OK...maybe I could!!). Sunshine was calling my name, so some pool side reading was in order. :)

So the next time you take a trip, throw some arty stuff in a bag and do some creating. You never know when you might have some down time! :)

Come find some creative inspiration right here!

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  1. How exciting, Jen! Glad you are having fun in San Diego...and having downtime for creating art. I liked seeing what you packed, thank you for showing this. When I went to San Francisco two weeks ago, I packed some stuff, but realy didnt get the downtime to create. You clearly are much more focused than I am! Catch some poolside rays! ~kath

  2. Hi Jen! The vacation was great for you. It made you relaxed and most of all, it gave you an opportunity to provide another piece of beauty on earth. I noticed that this piece is a diversion from your usual works. This one is more on patterns. I love it.

    Have a great week!

  3. Oh how fun!!! I LOVE this idea - and that you have time away with your DH - and some alone time - perfect! Have fun (we are from SD - we travel in the same circles ;) xoxo!

  4. LOVE it! The writing, the colors, everything!