My friend and amazing artist, Samantha Kira Harding posted a video the other day about her "couch box". A box full of art supplies for making art while on the couch for people who deal with illness, disability, or are just darn tired at the end of the day and still want to be creative. I often want to make art while sitting on the couch, but it's a pain to grab all the supplies from my studio and drag them over to the couch.
I watched Samie's video with all her great tips and then made a box of my own. I had a rubbermaid box with a lid that is the size of a shoe box already. So I pulled that out and then found supplies to fill it with. For my paint, I used old film canisters and pill bottles and filled them up with a little bit of different colors I use often. I put in inktense pencils, brushes, paper scraps, little pair of scissors, a little pill bottle of decoupage glue, glitter vials with different colors of glitter, a little bowl for water, an old tin box to use as a paint palette, tissue paper, some stamps, a stamp pad, and some bubble wrap. It all fits nicely in the box and is safe and sound now in the cabinet next to my couch.
When I wasn't feeling well today I pulled out my box and created this page in the journal I made out of recycled stuff.
Having a couch box saved me a lot of time and when I was tired and felt like I was done for the day I put everything back in easily and stored it away with my journal for next time. I have a feeling I will be using my couch box often from now on.