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You’re going on vacation and you want to bring some art supplies. But which ones?  There are 3 questions I ask myself when packing that guide me when choosing what supplies to bring. And nope, I don’t use everything I bring, but you’ll see why that doesn’t bother me a bit at the end.

  1. Are they spill proof in my luggage?
  2. Will it be easy to use them in different environments?
  3. Do I have a variety of supplies?

Watch How to Decide What Art Supplies to Take on a Trip on YouTube.

Are they spill proof in my luggage?  I’ve had art supplies leak and that is no fun so I chose unspillable items and paint that has a screw on cap.  No more flip caps for me if I can avoid it when traveling. What if your paints are all flip caps?  Putting a piece of Saran Wrap over the opening and then putting the cap on dramatically reduces the risk of spillage.  If it can’t be fully sealed up easily, then it stays home.

Will it be easy to use them in different environments? This includes the actual supply as well as how it is packed. Whatever I bring, I want the flexibility to create in the hotel room or on location, which in this case was the beach.

Each supply goes in it’s own pouch or bag. When I run out of favorite pouches while packing, then it’s ziplock bags.  That way, when heading out for the day, it’s simple to toss only the supplies needed into a tote.  I treasure zippered pouches that have wide openings because that makes it super easy to grab what I need while creating.  Another perk is pouches that can stand upright in the sand.

The weather is never guaranteed, so I pack plenty to keep me creating if the weather is less than ideal.  A handful of Sparks of Art-spiration were my collage fodder when the rainstorms hit a few of the nights.   Those storms were a great opportunity to start a page inside, and add to it on the beach the next day.

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Do I have a variety of supplies?  Will I want to paint or watercolor or draw?  Do I want bold and big strokes or fine detailed lines?  I don’t know in advance what the muse will inspire, so I go for a variety.

For the big and bold option, paint and Art Crayons.   The Art Crayons let me have the tactile joy of the creamy crayon and the flexibility to watercolor with them since they react to water.

For finer lines or more details, I packed pens and pencils.  Watercolor pencils also does double duty as colored pencils and watercolors.  Pitt Pens gave me a vibrant fine lines for sketching. The gel pens because it was a more opaque look than the Pitt Pens.

For variety, I brought 2 different journals.  One big and blank, the other smaller and filled with gel printed pages. Gel prints as the start of an art journal page is one of the many ways to use those stacks of prints.  If you’re looking for more ways to use yours, check out this workshop.

I couldn’t leave home with out a stencil, so I brought Little Figments of Imagination which I used on this page.

Did I use everything that I brought on the trip? Nope. I packed supplies for if the sun shone the entire time and if it rained the entire time. Since those two things can’t happen on the same trip, that means something probably won’t get used.

But I don’t know which ones until the trip is over, so I pack enough so I am prepared for whatever the weather brings.  Happily, we had only some rain, so the gel pens  didn’t get used on this trip.

Next time you’re packing travel art supplies, if you have a hard time deciding what to bring, try the 3 questions.

  1. Are they spill proof in my luggage?
  2. Will it be easy to use them in different environments?
  3. Do I have a variety of supplies?

Here’s what I brought on this vacation.  Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!

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Paint can be applied to a gel plate with just about anything, even a spinning one. This time, there are no brayers, no brushes, just a spatula like tool as cake spinner makes it go round and round.  I might have spun it round and round more than I had to, but it is just so much fun to watch the color spin.

Watch Gel printing spin art without a brush or brayer on YouTube.

What if you don’t have one of these flat tools? Cut up an old hotel key card or similar item and get that paint going in circles.

I have to include this reminder, but you probably already know it. Once the cake spinner is used with non food safe art supplies like paint, it can never be used with food again.  That’s why I bought a very inexpensive cake spinner.

Usually, the ghost prints excite me the most when I am printing.  But not this time. It was an even split, both the first pull and the ghost thrilled me.

What if you’re making prints and your ghost prints are not as colorful?  It could be the amount of paint you’re using or the type of paint.  The round gel plate had a very generous layer of heavy body paint on it and that is what allowed the ghosts to be so full of color, and paint.

What did the print become? A cake.  A no-refrigeration-needed type of cake.  How can you make a gel printed cake?  It’s broken down step-by-step in the workshop, Using Your Gel Prints.  This is just 1 of the 15 different projects in the workshop, so if you are wondering what you can do with all the prints you’ve made check it out.

Here are the supplies used. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I get a small percentage. It doesn’t cost you anything extra and it helps keep the free tutorials coming!


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You’ve got a stack of gel prints but what can you do with them?  Lots!  You can celebrate with them, organize your office in style, wear your prints, play games with your prints, light up your home with gel prints and more. So many possibilities.

But where do you start? How do you choose which prints to use and know which glues are best? How do you make patterns so that everything lines up and looks good? That’s why I created Using Your Gel Prints, to show you step-by-step how to make it all.  I share my short cuts and the logic behind the choices so that you can get started using that stack of prints you’ve made.

Watch Using Your Gel Prints Workshop on YouTube.

When you give a gift made with a gel print, there is a wow factor. Not only is it a personal gift that you’ve created just for them but they can’t fathom how you did it.  The length of the projects in the workshop vary.  Some are more involved and some are quick, which is great if you’re making multiples of a project.

A bonus of these projects is that they are a way to use even so-so prints.  You know, the ones that aren’t your favorites. We’ll be using the “good” prints too, but most of what is used in the videos are not the best prints.

But how do you choose what prints to use? In the videos, I’m sharing the reasons why I make the choices I make for everything from print selection to which glue to shortcuts so you get the most fun with the least amount of work.  And there are no rulers used for measuring in this workshop.

How long are the videos? Anywhere from 5 to 30+ minutes depending on the project.  Some of the projects are quick for when you have just a few minutes and others are longer. For example, the lamp project.

In the 3 videos for the lamp, you get details on how to pick a lamp shade, how to easily create a custom pattern for the panels, picking out prints to use, attaching the panels, and all of this is done without any measuring.

Right now, there are 15 projects in the classroom waiting for you.  Once you join the workshop, you’re got them all and more.  What that means is when new projects are added, you automatically get those too.  Over time, as more projects are added to the workshop, the price will increase for new members, but not for you since you’re already in.

There’s a 30 day money back guarantee.  Why do I offer that on a self paced workshop?  Because I believe in this workshop and I want you to have the workshop that is right for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this workshop for? Anyone who has some gel prints already made.  No experience is needed in any way.

How many projects are there in the workshop? 15 currently and more will be added in the coming months.

How many prints do I need to have?  You can use a many or as few as you wish.  There is no set amount needed.  This workshop is all about using gel prints not how to actually print them.  If you’re looking for techniques for how to make gel prints, then my Gel Printing FUNdamentals workshop.

When does it start? Right now.  This is a self paced workshop which means you have access to all of it as soon as you’re registered. You can watch it at your pace.

How long do I have access? Lifetime.  Once you join the workshop, you’re in.  That means when new projects are added, you automatically get those too.  Over time, as more projects are added to the workshop, the price will increase, but not for you since you’re already in.

Are the videos downloadable? Yes, for both desktop and mobile. You can stream them or watch off line, whichever is best for you.

What computer skills do I need to watch this workshop?  You need to be able to access the internet and push play on a video.  You can test it all out, to see if your computer or device works by joining my free workshop, Permission to Play.  If you can make those videos play, then you know you are all set for any of my online workshops.

What supplies will I need?  Naturally, gel prints.  Then adhesives and glue, such a gel medium, a glue stick, 3-1 Glue, and double sided tape. Other basic supplies are a craft knife and paper trimmer. We will  also be using a sewing machine for a several of the projects.  Beyond that, the supplies vary by project and I highly highly encourage you to use what you have on hand and substitute with any supplies you prefer.

Do I have to use exactly what you use?  Absolutely not! Substitute with whatever you have on hand or are most comfortable using.

Is there a guarantee?  Yes, a 30 day money back guarantee.  Why do I offer that on a self paced workshop?  Because I believe in this workshop and I want you to have the workshop that is right for you.

What’s included in Using Your Gel Prints?

  • Detailed step-by-step videos for 15 projects in the classroom right now plus more upcoming projects
  • Lifetime access, so you have as long as you need
  • All downloadable videos, for both mobile and desktop
  • Immediate access once registered
  • 30 day money back guarantee

 

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