My Identity – What I Did Not Pack

The time between when we close on our current house and when close on our next house will be a four, possibly five, months. On Thursday, the movers picked up our household belongings, and they are going into storage for the indefinite future. We will be keeping some clothing and select belongs with us in our little Ford Escape as we travel and visit friends and family. I learned that trying to figure out what I think I will need to have for my art supplies and what I will pack was one of the hardest things I had to do. It was more than high grading my studio supplies. I am not sure but I think it is a combination of my personality and my comfort level reflected in what I kept and what I packed.

It was hard to let things go into the packing box knowing I would not see them again for months. A friend of mine said that when I unpacked them it would be like finding friends again. This experience also serves as a reminder that what I have is a blessing of abundance. I got rid of supplies that maybe did not turn out to be my kind of creative. I also let go of supplies that I could not see myself using again. Sometimes we creatives try things and after making a few things it turns out to be “been there-done that-don’t need to do it again”. Supplies that fell into that category I allowed myself to let go of as well. I think we creatives tend to hoard things because we might want them again. It makes more sense to share with others, rather than discover several years later that the product is no longer usable. It took me weeks to slowly figure out what I thought I would not have “to have” for the next few months, what I would pack away and what was better served by giving it to someone else.

After may layers of packing I have finally come up with a very full satchel bag that will be my art supplies for the foreseeable future. In my bag you will find:

  • My good watercolor brushes in their case. There was no debate on these.
  • A custom watercolor pallet case with personally selected half pans and a swatch sheet.
  • NeoColor II – I debate long and hard between this and Inktense pencils. I chose this one because I thought it would be more flexible
  • A water soluble graphite pencil and sticks.
  • A collection of cube ink pads. It is a collection of Archival, hybred, and Distress inks.
  • 5 stamp collections
  • 5 stencils
  • Watercolor sketch book
  • Dyan Reavley small art journal
  • Small dot journal for daily journaling
  • My Mixed Media journal for my year long weekly art lessons
  • Two zip pouches of assorted materials that can be used for mixed media, classes, and art journals
  • Clear gesson
  • Small collection of soft pastels.
  • My pencil case with assorted pencils
  • My pen, watercolor, marker and other goodies bag.
  • Liquitex clear gesso

I was also allowed an art box of things that was fully enclosed for items that may not traveling the bag well. Here is what I selected:

  • Acrylic Paints – I picked an assortment of craft and art paints.
  • PVA glue
  • Stabilo pencils in black and blue
  • A black archival ink pad
  • Glue stick
  • Assorted pens, pencils water brushes
  • Gel matte medium
  • Lindy’s Magical and Shaker water colors
  • Prima metal wax
  • ratty craft brushes.

I would have to say there were two things I packed a day before the mover came that were actually the hardest to let go of but space prevented them from even being considered. I hated to let go of my sewing machine and my Sizzix cutting machine. They are two things I use all the time in so many of my creative endeavors. I hated to let them go and have already had occasions when I wished I had them.

If you had to use only a few of your many art supplies what would you keep out and what would you pack? Are there supplies that realistically you are not likely to use again and would better served by giving it to another person to use?