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my art bag and it’s contents

i love creating art in different places; a friend’s house, an art retreat, etc.
the best way to be able do this i’ve found, is by having a designated art travel bag.

allen designs art bag monogram
the local craft stores never seemed to have all that i was looking for.
so i ended up going to home depot/lowe’s (can’t remember which one) to find a tool bag.
it was hideous and very manly.
as curly girl designs says, “i am fairly certain given a cape & a nice tiara, i could save the world”-
for me it should read, “given paint and a paint brush i could change the world!”.

artist michelle allen art bag
as you can see- over time a LOT OF paint has been added!

art bag whimsical travel art journal
i also took a box cutter and removed some of the inside separators that I didn’t need and were just going to get in the way.

art travel bag artist michelle allen
my friend Janne and i strongly believe that “arting” should be a word. right?!?!

traveling art bag tote painter artist
i love all the outside pockets on this bag.

art journal travel bag
over the past few years i’ve worked it’s contents down to my personal arting essentials.

what's in my art bag

arting bag colorful travel carry all artist
and there you have it.
that’s what’s in my bag.
obviously, you could make a bag like this for all sorts of hobbies- scrap-booking, sewing, crocheting, beading etc.
do you have one? if so, how does it differ? what’s in your bag?


Comments (14)

  1. The more people use the word, the sooner it will be an officially accepted word. In Norway there is a new-word committee which approves new words once a year. Iceland´s committee is even cooler. They don´t adopt new words from say, English. They make their own words in Icelandic for whatever “invention” they need.
    Anyway. Your bag is and has always been so inspirational. It´s fun to see how it´s evolved, and how it developes right along side with you 🙂
    I don´t have a tool-bag, but I do try to gather some of my tools and equipment in different boxes. One box with all my book-binding-gear, one box with oil paint and spatulas, another now with jewelry-making-stuff. That way, it´s easier to find what I´m looking for, and it looks slightly neater in my workroom 🙂

  2. By the way, yesterday I walked past a clock/watch-store in New York, near Times square, and behold! Half a window was filled with Allen-clocks! 😀 Yay! It felt a bit like coming home, seeing something so familiar and something so filled with good associations. 🙂

  3. I have two black tool bags similar to this that I got in the scrap booking isle at Micheal’s…it fits so many art tools it….yours is amazing and was probably way more economical too! Some how you make everything look beautiful! Thanks for sharing your beautiful artwork and supply list!! I have always used old lids as pallets too….

    Have a great weekend!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. This is so darn cute! I could use one when I go to scrapbook conventions/retreats. Since I am usually carrying it around a lot, I would like to have some type of cover for it so I don’t lose things. But all the pockets and the darling art work would be perfect and make me very happy.

  5. I was just thinking about what would be a good art bag. Nothing seems to work well. Too much stuff, I guess. You should sell these?????????? It is ADORABLE!!!!!!

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