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March 2014

Traveling With Art Supplies When Moving To A New Home

As I'm settling into our new home I was reminded that a lot of you have been wondering about the awesome storage solution I was using during our transition from out old home ----> to our temporary place and ----> to our new home.  Yeah, you read that right, we moved twice.  Not so fun!

At first I was a little panicked what I'd do with all my art stuff, after all it's not just for fun, it's my job.  Thankfully I saw the Stanley Fat Max at a crop I was at (the lady that had it was using it for her Project Life storage) and I knew it would be perfect for my mixed media supplies during our transition.

Stanley Fat Max Art Storage Cart With Wheels


I made a quick video on how I have my traveling storage set up now, but I think it will wind up being used for either Project Life or for taking with me on crops once I finish moving into my new studio.



See, it's a great solution for what I needed and I love that I will still be able to use it in the future as well.  

Have you had to figure out a creative storage solution when moving? Tell me about it! I'm trying to figure out my studio storage now!



Documented Life Project Guest Artist

Friends are special, and I'm super happy to have met a few of the ladies of Art To The 5th earlier this year and felt an instant connection. It felt like we've known each other for years! 

Well, as you could imagine I was super happy when they asked me to be a guest artist for one of The Documented Life prompts. {Check out my "spotlight" on their site HERE.} I love my documented life art journal (aka: my soul journal) and I'm blessed to be able to share more of it with you today...and yes, I do promise to post more of the completed pages I've done in it soon.  Things have been really crazy here with us moving TWICE so I appreciate your patience.  :)

Documented Life banner

Now for those of you who are new visitors to my blog here's a bit about me...

I'm married to my best friend...we've been together for about 23 years and married for almost 14 years. We currently have one dog, a very energetic puppy. Our older dog, our old faithful friend who was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago just past away last week...we all miss her incredibly!  

Oh, and I'm thankful to be able to work from home as and artist and blogger!

Ok, so moving right along, the prompt for the week is: cut up something from a magazine and add to your page. I love this prompt, it's been awhile since I've collaged magazine bits! 

Here's how my page turned out...

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Erin Bassett

Often when I start an art journal page I have no idea where it's going to go and this was no exception.  I literally just picked up a magazine, flipped through it and ripped out some pics I liked and then went with my gut...I always figure that if I absolutely hate it I can paint over it and start fresh. Speaking of paint, the interesting thing for me with this prompt is that since I was focused on magazines I ended up never picking up my paint brush to paint...a rarity for me!

I started off this page by chopping up some random magazine advertisements and glued them to my page with Americana Decou-Page...oh wait, I forgot, I cut a funky scalloped border along one edge of my paper first and THEN I added the ad strips.

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step1 - Erin Bassett


Next I added some other photos from magazines....

Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett


I took a baby wipe to the flower to distress it a bit...
Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett


And then added some charcoal to the flower and doodles to the rest of my page...
Prompt - Magazine Art Journal Page - Step2 - Erin Bassett
I really enjoyed mixing things up for me and stepping outside of my box (or is it my rut? LOL!).

Check out the previous art journaling prompts from Art To the 5th HERE.  And join the Facebook Group for The Documented Life Project if you haven't yet, it's so inspiring and chocked full of terrific people.



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