Oh joy: counting down the days till I hop on that plane, Fabriano bound. I haven't been so excited for ages. I feel like a kid, can't sleep and am eating soft foods and Milanos (cookies) and V-8 and pineapple juice.
My preparation for my students is finished: all reservations and fine details attended to. Maps and bookbinding directions designed and printed. Travel tips up to the minute.
It is time to consider what I will bring for my art making. Since I designed the list of materials for my students, this shouldn't be too difficult.
What is in my sketch kit?
Black pens, microns, sizes ,5 to .03
A handful of inktense pencils
Caren d'ache both the wax crayons and regular
Water brushes, Pencils, 3 derwent sketch (water soluble) and a 3B
We'll be doing some stamp carving: tools and blocks. tools.
There are plans for 4 books: binding tools and materials.
I'd like to experiment with Golden Open in making monoprints so will bring that set to share
Ingredients for Fabric paper
There is more, I think
Luckily, we can get all paper, many supplies and leather for book covers in Fabriano.
For the plane ride: my sewing kit and a project to work on, my sketch kit and my book. Susan told me she is making a "journal scarf" ala Rice Zachary Freeman. I jumped right on that bandwagon! Perfect to be able to wear your stitching project.
I have a few expressions I'd like to carve out. Capisco Niente (I understand nothing) and a new one from one of my dear readers: Niente senza gioia (nothing without joy).
A word about the paintings at the top of this post. Do you know about yupo paper? It is plastic paper with a slick surface. Some watercolorists swear by it. I purchased a pad of it for our group to experiment with and had a go with it last night. More on that when I return.
In the meantime, Arrividerci, mia caras.
I will blog from Italy to share the love! Expect some Tuesday.
Oh DARN! I wish you could all come with me! We could populate a village. Hey! We could move into an Italian village and just make art for a month!