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The Bead and Button Show

So, I'm busily trying to pack up for The Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, WI. My first time to Milwaukee and to the show. I am unbelievably excited!!! I have wanted to go for years, but always felt that it was too far away. But, this is my last chance to go! It's always held at the beginning of June and starting next summer, I will be the Artistic Director of a brand new summer repertory company! So, no chance to leave town in June for quite a while (I hope).

I'm taking along my art journal kit to make visual diary of the experience. When I get back, I will post the pages on Craft Critique and then here. I thought I'd share what I'm packing, though. It's always different, but this time I went for:

- Black Pens (Sakura Pigma Micron 01, 03, 05, 08)
- Watercolor Pencils
- Water Brushes (these things are GENIUS for travel)
- Pencil (I prefer a mechanical pencil, no sharpening)
- Adhesive (Herma Dotto)
- Adhesive Refills (a must!)
- Scissors (I like small detail scissors, like my cutterbees)
- White Eraser
- Adhesive Eraser
- Ink Pad (dye ink, black)
- Stamps (I brought a small acrylic alphabet, some acrylic labels and a few decorative ones I carved myself and a 7 gypsies rolly one)
- Acrylic Block
- Scrap Paper (important!)
- Envelopes (for keeping memorabilia)
- White Pen
- Galaxy Marker
- Rub-ons (I brought two alphabets and some colored decoration ones)
- 7 gypsies label stickers
- black marker
- popsicle stick
- 7 gypsies tags

Whew. That's a lot to fit into a tiny traveling tin! My tin is one that cookies came in and is 9x6.5 inches. What I really want is a lunch pail style tin, but they're either too big or too small. I want the handle and the ability to put things in vertically! Until I find the perfect one, I'll keep playing Goldilocks.

SketchpadThe journal I bought is a Aquabee Landscape Sketch Pad, wirebound. I wanted to buy a watercolor sketch pad (it just holds up better to painting and layering and all that), but when I saw this groovy 6x12 size, I had to abandon my plans! I pre-painted about two-thirds of the pages in the book with Walnut Ink TintZ from FiberScraps (You can see my page that received an honorable mention in their Inspired contest. They spelled my name wrong, of course.) because I plan to use it as my notepad during class. I'm planning on bringing simply a pen and pencil to class (along with my jewelry stuff), not the whole tin. Here are some of the pages:


I'm really looking forward to the week, to the classes, to making this journal!