Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Packing for Italia

Off to Italy tomorrow and the best bit of packing in underway: my art supplies.
I was all set to carry one type of journal with me but then I saw Carole Loeffler's watercolor Moleskine the other night at a meeting and remembered: yes. This is the perfect journal, slim with wonderful paper.
My portable watercolor palette with a couple of brushes. I'm still debating on the caran d'ache as they are not absolutely necessary but lovely to use. It is always a question: what to bring and what to leave at home. Have you ever, really?, badly wished for something that you've left at home?
My tools fit neatly into this zip case. The case is plastic lined and opens nicely so that I can see what I'm looking for. Derwent Inktense pencils are coming along as well. I couldn't leave those behind. But just a selection! Also the Derwent Watersoluble sketching pencils. I love those. I found a Micron pen in Sepia the other day in my favorite sketching size, which is thick - .5 - but is juicy and nice to write with as well.

I'm packing a set of vintage book covers. I will make these into a portfolio and fill it with a selection of  italian papers. I like the variety in size and weights, etc. The Museo della Carta has a wide range of beautiful papers and I'll be able to use their studio to create this very simple container. It will be quite an honor to work there and get a feel for this well-loved museum where the watermark was invented in the mid-19th century.

A presto, mi cara amicas.
(see you soon, my dear friends)

I hope to get in a post or two while away. If not, I will be back with stories and drawings. Fully re-energized and inspired.

19 comments:

Heather said...

Green with envy! Have a great trip Diana!

Ann Somerset Miles said...

Oh what joy - and I always take caran d'ache as they can be used dry when water (or my favourite, matte gel medium) are not available, and then 'tweaked' later. Your book was an inspiration to me, and my subsequent journal has resulted in my being featured on another USA blog; so thankyou for your inspiration; and have a great trip. Ann, from UK.

Herm said...

I'm envious, i like to go too! Buon viaggio, bella signorina!!!

{curly girl art} said...

buon viaggio :) and definitely take the caran d'ache crayons with you!

baci

Dusty said...

I have been known to break off the Caran D'Ache and put them in a baggie.

Paula said...

Have a wonderful trip, Diana! Can't wait to see the journal pages on your return!

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Thank you all. Yes, I think the caran d'ache need to come with me. I'm looking forward to this so enormously. And will certainly give you full report!

Jeannie said...

Safe travels! I look forward to hearing every juicy detail of your trip. Enjoy and most of all - have fun!

Kristy said...

Oh what a wonderful adventure!! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about your trip. Safe travel !

Robin said...

Hi, Diana. Robin (Teddy's foster mom) here. Have a wonderful and safe trip! I'm sure Teddy will miss you, but just think - he'll be so happy to see you and so lovey when you get back! Sorry I can't comment on the artistic stuff, just the feline side of things! :)

Crafty Gal Linda said...

Have a wonderful time!I wish I was going! One of these days I'm going to get to your studio for a class. I only live 30 mins. from you.

Diana Trout {Nan.DT@verizon.net} said...

Robin, I know that Teddy will be fine with Jon. But I feel separation anxiety ;).

An'Angelia Thompson said...

Hi, Diana! Hope you have a great trip. Enjoyed looking at your blog. You're featured on my blog today with lessons from "Journal Spilling": www.angeliasartjournals.blogspot.com

Hope you'll find time to check it out. Have a wonderful time!

Lay Hoon said...

Have a wonderful time in your trip.

Denni said...

Have fun! I can't wait to come again and see your photos!

Julie (O-kami) said...

I hope that you have an absolutely amazing trip.

Morgan said...

I cannot live without caran d'ache crayons... so taking them would be more necessary that the half-pans. Enjoy!!!

cindy said...

I, too, just got back from Tuscany and Umbria, and it appears we were there at the very same time! I sketched my way through the countryside, and everything bloomed right in front of us while we were there. I am jealous, though, I didn't see Rick Steeves!

Paula said...

Aloha Diana! By now your trip is a fond memory, and your beloved Teddy greeted you with lots of purrrfect love! May I please ask a question? What brand is your portable water color pallette?
Thank you so much and Happy new Year!

Paula