I have been working on minimizing what I carry around with me through the house.
I used to have a craft tote stuffed to the brim with creative stuff. Now I have a small bag.
The path from the tote to the small bag went in steps. I couldn’t have done it any other way.
The way I did it, is by taking note. What did I use? What didn’t I reach for? After a month or so, I tossed out the things I didn’t grab for, and then the new phase began.
After a couple of rounds of that, I have a very pared down bag, with a lot of things that I all use.
My bag now contains:
- my art journal
- 2 small bags filled with paper scraps
- 3 black pens in various thicknesses
- a white pen
- 8 Talens Ecoline markers
- 5 Gelatos
- A glue stick
- A glue roller
- A Van Gogh watercolour set
- 4 watercolour brushes in various sizes
That’s it. That’s all I need to create wherever I want to, and it feels so nice.
The next step is looking at the art supplies I have in my office/studio and really cast a critical eye on all I have in there. Do I really need it all? What do I reach for?
It doesn’t matter how long it takes me, but I am confident that one day, I will find the creative sweet spot in there too.