about the art case I up-cycled [trying to use all the new words in the thrifting world – ha] from the little case I bought on the 127 Yard Sale . I’d first seen these on Donna Downey’s blog but couldn’t find a photo to share so I gave you an idea of what I might do here and here.
This is the case I bought and used:
I saw this one at Hobby Lobby
and while it’s a bit bigger, I do think it would make an excellent art case.
Here’s a photo of mine now – LOVE. IT.
What I did – [sorry, I didn’t take photos along the way to the finished product --]
I cut chip board [really, I used the backs of old note pads from work; yes, I save them,] into dividers for the bottom to make compartments for my water color crayons, pens, and water color pencils.
I taped these together and covered it in an old map
[or a new one, I can’t remember since we get new ones every time we get a new governor.]
I also cut a piece of chip board to make a ‘shelf’ that goes over the divided area
and gives a spot for my notebook[s] to set.
This piece was also covered in the map [front and back] –
I’ve since cut a half circle on one edge so
I can easily lift it up to get to the supplies underneath.
And lastly, I cut a piece of chip board to fit the lid
[I wanted to preserve the original lining if I could.]
I also covered the front of this piece in the map
and then marked on the back where I wanted to put the elastic through.
- I put the supplies down opposite of how I wanted them to be and marked with a pencil –
then pushed a hole through with the teeny tips of my scissors –
it needed to be big enough for the elastic to be pushed through.
I pulled the elastic through and tied it off in the back.
Then I just placed it in the lid –
but I soon found that my brushes and ink pad were heavy enough
to pull this piece out each time I opened it
so I ended up securing the corners with BIG glue dots
[that might comprise the integrity of the original lining –
but hey, I want this to be user- friendly.]
Can I just say again how much I love having all my art journal supplies
in one easy to travel case?
I. LOVE. IT. - lol