Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Dopp Kit

Traveled over the weekend to join Meg, Michael, Caroline, and Emmy for what we have referred to ever since we first did it three years ago as A Very Scranton Christmas, that is, a way to celebrate a bit of Christmas in the location that happens to be halfway between our distant homes.

Day before the weekend, I took two bookmark-sized strips of watercolor paper and used acrylic paints to cover one with red+, the other with yellow ochre+, all colors coming from remains on my (increasingly disgusting!) stay-wet palette.

Then I made a tiny travel art kit to take with me:

• bookmark-starters (taped one on each of the inside flaps of a plastic covered library book),
• a few pens, and
• wax pastels.

First day of our weekend, sat on a hotel bed to finish one bookmark in a room overlooking the hills of Scranton with two rapt granddaughters at my side. Nothing better!

Paper Prayer 23
1.25x5", acrylic, ink, and wax pastel on watercolor paper
[not for sale]


  1. I really like the idea of paper prayers!
    So small, love it!

    1. Thanks, Simone. Small was perfect for a travel project. I am using this paper prayer as a bookmark in the book I'm currently reading and, in addition to enjoying the book, I have the added pleasure of letting my eyes feast on the movement in this little bookmark before I read and when I stop. More about paper prayers coming up in another post soon.

  2. Awesome ideas! The bookmarks and the prayers :)

    1. Thanks, Sheila. This particular little paper prayer just keeps on giving and giving.