This is the contents of my art basket.
I take my art basket almost everywhere I go. I like to think that if Mary Poppins had a special basket full of the best supplies to inspire creativity and artistic endeavors, it would be my art basket.
The contents of this basket have been honed over many, many years of creating with lots of people in unconventional places and spaces.
Did I mention that I teach art and creativity for a living? Since most art programs are severely limited in the public arena, I have found success and cliental among the private sector- with remote sessions, group classes and individual private sessions.So, I really mean it when I say the contents of this basket are finely curated.
What’s inside the basket?
The contents of the basket can be divided into specific categories: Paints & Pigments, Blades, Papers, Adhesives & Tapes, Journals, Measurement & Drafting, Drawing Essentials, Tools and Sewing & Mending.
A few points as to what supplies make it in the basket:
- Nothing to big or to heavy (that eliminates only the essential liquids, paint tubes and paper- because the weight will quickly add up).
- Everything should fit comfortably and safely, so that nothing is damaged in transport.
- Supplies such as markers and paint will dry up if left in the sun or hot areas like the car.
- I have rotating supplies depending on if I am working on specific projects. The rotating supplies would include oil paint (plein air) set, LED portable light-board, portable (photo) printer, polaroid printer, scrapbooking kit,
- As for the basket, I like African Market Baskets. They are very durable and forgiving with how much they hold. However, the case options are endless, so choose something that fits your lifestyle.
Measurement & Drafting:
Journals:I LOVE my journals and paper. I've tried all different journals brands but I always find myself returning to my favorite brand, Moleskine. I really like the assortment of sizes. Moleskine journals have a variety of size and paper selection. Depending on the project, Moleskine has a selection for a variety of creative needs.
Moleskine Cahier- The journals for day-to-day use, Cahier notebooks each have a heavy duty cardboard cover with visible stitching on the spine that matches the cover color. Slim, soft and light - Cahier journals suit any occasion, and come packaged in sets of three. I personally am a huge fan of the extra large size, measuring 7.5 x 9.9 inches with 120 pages.
Moleskine Classic- The Moleskine icon. Always at the ready, these thread-bound classic notebooks capture your thoughts, drafts, sketches, notes, appointments, contacts, or anything else you choose. Paper selections include plain (sketchbook), ruled, and grid.
Pens & Pencils:These are my most favorite, most loved pens & pencils (from left to right).
Blending Stumps, Micron Pens- assorted sizes, Sharpie- assortment, Pitt Artist India Ink Pens- assorted, Ticonderoga Pencils, Gold & Silver Leafing Pens, Metallic Gel Pens, Papermate Flair Tip- assorted, Twin-Tip Media Marker, Highlighter, Ball Point Pens- assortment, Mechanical Pencil- assorted, Fine Tip Le Pen Set
As for the limited selection of paper: watercolor postcards, greeting cards- assortment, Post-it- assortment, sticker- assortment, photo corners, Moleskine sticky notes, origami paper, artist trading cards, vellum, tracing, watercolor, drawing paper, sticker paper, sticky photo paper, regular copy paper, paper pads of- lined paper, plain paper, squared paper
Canvas Drop Cloth:
This is my true essential: a canvas drop cloth. Using a canvas drop cloth under any project allows you to be a little more messy and have a lot more creative freedom. If you have kids this is awesome on a kitchen table as a tablecloth because you can get drop cloths with a poly-coating on the underside to protect most surfaces. The art basket has two smaller size cloths- approximately 5x5 feet, which are always at the bottom of the basket.
The Basket:I use a large market basket to hold all my supplies. These beautiful baskets are woven in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana and are extremely durable. Known as Bolga market baskets they stand up to heavy use and remain functional for many years. Each baskets are constructed from thick, tough elephant grass and bound with leather. The baskets can easily be reshaped by dampening the weave and pressing it back into shape by hand.
They travel very well, as long as its not by air.