Art Materials What I am taking to Japan

Honeymoon, Planning, Travel

I am so excited to be visiting Japan in March. When me and Gav thought about our honeymoon, we knew that we didn’t want a beach holiday because as a far as I am concerned Seychelles has the best beaches in the world. So I would rather just go and see my family and friends then visit the Maldives or Jamaica. You are a bit spoiled when every few years you get to visit paradise and call it your home. So we didn’t want beach and we didn’t want just snow. Luckily with Japan we get to have everything we want. Beaches, lakes, snow, sushi, cherry blossoms.

Note pads that I need to turn into one journal

Japan offers everything

It really does, great food, antient cultures, a land that is devoid of religion but filled with spiritualism. A history rich in tradition and folklore. It has beaches and snow-capped mountains. So even though we are only going for 3 weeks we plan to fit in a lot of sightseeing. I also want to take this opportunity to draw.

So not only will I be visiting some amazing art shops in Japan but I will also take advantage of the great views and characters. My art supplies will be coming with me. They will be scaled down to an art journal which I will try to prepared and filled with notes and maps to help us navigate Japan.

What I am taking

I can’t take too much especially as I can buy some bit there but so far I will be taking a small watercolour block as well as my travel journal with my itinerary already in it.

So far it looking like my this

• Art journal

• Watercolour block

• 2 HB pencils

• Maped sharpener which I have about 5 of

• My Winsor and newton watercolour half pans ( rearranged into what colours I think I will use)

• Gouache white

• Tombows

• Fine-liners

• Water-brush

• 2 brushes

• Atomiser

I think that’s it. I can always buy more Tombows and Fine-liners in Japan as this is where they are made but I am excited to see what other watercolour pens they have available that I can’t buy over here. I work in an art shop so I don’t need masses. I also want to pick up some beautiful washi tapes which again, I know are expensive but this is my honey moon and art supplies make me happy.

This is all going in a small case so I can easily access everything and put my new purchases in here as well. So looking at the pictures I may have to edit them again! Just over a month to go and I am so excited. Hopefully I will be able to share some of my pictures and illustrations on here, but only if I think they are good enough.

I can’t wait to visit all the art shops as well. If you have any recommendations please let me know!

My hidden talents… believing that I can do anything creative!

Dreaming, Personal Experience

Day 26, hidden talent, 30 day blog challenge

I was wracking my brain trying to think what my hidden talent is/are and I couldn’t really think of any. I can do a lot, I can’t do a lot. I am pretty open/ boastful about things I am good at. I am also honest when I can’t do something.

My hidden talent is my ability to learn anything creative. If I think I can do something I pretty much can teach myself to do it. When it comes to art, I am very confident.

Can I, I most definitely can

I don’t paint with oils, I have dallied and experimented with them but I never been that interested in using them. But if you asked me paint and oil painting for you I recon I could!

alcohol inks

My newest interest is alcohol inks, so I am going to start experimenting with them and hopefully creating some gorgeous pieces of art to maybe sell. We will see!

I am already looking at getting some gorgeous gold and silver accents to add into it. I can’t wait to play with such a clever medium. I have been watching YouTube tutorials and if I get good enough I will probably end up teaching it at work.

I am pretty sure I will enjoy the process and like watercolour I know, I know it will take me a while to get into it!

but I can do it

It has always been my attitude. I remember baking with my mum. I have seen cheese and courgette soufflé and wanted to try them.

My mum freaked out, she said they are really tricky and they will definitely deflate.

They didn’t, we made 6 perfect soufflé and they have been the best ones we have ever had. They were yummy

I told you it all comes back to food!

It’s about giving things a go

You have to try things, if I don’t enjoy it I won’t keep going with it. I made an eight foot macrame hanging basket. I made it. I didn’t enjoy the process so I won’t be doing it again. But I know I can.

So, is knowing I can do something a hidden talent?

I thinks so but I will leave it for you to decide.

Whats your hidden talent?