Creating an Art Pack to Go

Creating an Art Pack to Go

In my post How Get Creative When You’re Crazy Busy I shared with you some strategies for finding time to be creative when there isn’t a lot of time. Today I thought I’d give you a list of things I put in my art packs.

This little one is a favourite. I’ve used it in airports and it fits so easily in my purse or around my wrist when I hike.

You will need:

  • A small tin of watercolor paints (mine includes a mini brush)
  • A bottle cap from a water bottle or bottle of soda
  • A small pouch to hold things in. If you can’t find one of these with the wrist strap, try a change purse
  • Small pieces of watercolor paper that will fit into your pouch

Here are a few other art packs to go:

This art pack to go is great for those who like to do collage artist trading cards or packing tags.

  • A small tin with a lid (take a small glue stick with you to make sure the tin Tin of Glue and Scissors IMG_3531is the right depth)
  • Small sharp scissors that fit into tin
  • glue stick
  • artist trading card blanks or packing tags or other small sized paper
  • inspiring bits to collage with like magazine photos or words, or bits of string, lace, buttons or other ephemera for your card
  • one strong elastic band (to make sure the lid of the tin stays on!)


My standard art pack to go is a bit bigger. I am both an artist and a writer and I often don’t know what I’m going to want to do so I also have a larger sized art pack to go.

Creating an Art Pack to Go- packs IMG_3523To make one like this you need:

  • A cloth bag
  • Notebook
  • Sketchbook or art journal
  • Pencil case with whatever you like to use to draw, write or art journal. Mine has pens, pencils an eraser, pencil sharpener, gel pens, fine tipped black marker, watercolor pencils or my small tin of watercolors, a water brush, scissors and a glue stick.

The idea is to keep it simple and portable so you don’t have too much stuff to lug around.

I have two sizes of this art pack. The only difference between them is the size of sketchbook, notebook and pencil case and how many pens, pencils etc. they contain. I use the larger one around the house and around town and I use the smaller one when I travel. Remember to take the scissors out if you are taking things in your carry on luggage!

Have fun creating! Thanks for dropping by and ’til next time Shine, Just Shine!

~ Julie

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