Crafty stuff

I've seen blog posts about where people store their makeup, and I've written one myself about whats in my wardrobe... but where and how do you store your creative bits and bobs? What is your kit made up of? Wether you paint, make, sew, DIY or do any general crafty things, I'd like to see where all your creative stuff lives :) Actually, lets just include makeup bags/storage and clothing/wardrobes too! Why the hell not!

Now this is mine...

This is my plastic fold out artist carry case, that has three layers which contain pens, pencils, pastels, water colours, tape measure, sharpies, scissors, fimo, spare bobbins and sewing machine bits and pieces including pins etc. Its a good wee size and weight to carry around, and it normally accompanies me to uni each day. Especially for life drawing and anything costume related. Its also good to have as stand by on set when Im working as art department. It gets you in the good books being the person that has a spare pair of scissors or gaffa tape, if someone high and important needs it there and then ;)

This mucky bag is my scenic art kit! I have a wide range of small crappy artist brushes for detailing, and some medium sized brushes on the left that can be battered about and used for texturing or more nasty substances like gloss paint, french enamel varnish, shellac, meths etc. My red handled wall brush holds quite a bit of paint, so its good for giving a base coat on a big area of space when you dont have a roller handy! My brushes to the right that are sitting ontop of the yellow and blue cases are my Purdys ♥ they are bloody expensive and so lovely to paint with. Maybe the MAC of the theatre/tv world? Anyhoo, these brushes need to be looked after, but they are a joy to use and give such a spot on finish no matter what you are painting with them. They make my job a hell of a lot easier!

My kit also contains a brush comb (seriously helps when cleaning them) scale ruler (for interpreting the designers 1:25 scale model) a couple of natural sea sponges (they help with texturing, ageing, and other useful techniques) and I like to keep a pencil case with some bits and bobs handy, some newsprint paper, some string and safety pins, and my respirator! I replace the filters regularly, and its really important for me to wear this especially when I'm working with dusty or powder particles that could go airborne, and also when I'm using a spray gun. Teeny little paint particles can get into your lungs and thats not good :(

My kit will get bigger and smaller, depending on the nature of the job were doing and any specific needed to be done for the designer. This basic kit did me fine at the Citz, and on any other wee freelance jobs that I've done. It does me fine at uni aswell, but we have a huge department full of everything we need anyways, but its nice to use and take ownership over your own tools! Our tutor bought us four 3rd year scenic students proper lazer pens for christmas, bit of a geeky present but theyre good at pointing out things on big pieces of scenery and cloths etc... as unfortunately my arms arent 6 metres tall at the best of times :)

Now that I have ridiculously bored you all with my geeky painter chat, I'm going to be all girly again and give you a peep inside my makeup drawer! My hoarding days are over, I have one basket full of beauty and hair products, then on the opposite side of my room my top drawer of my wee cabinet holds all the perfume, makeup, and nail polishes I know. Hardly any, eh? I have 3 UO palletes, and 3 mixed benefit kits. All my other makeup is in that union jack zipper bag. Then I've got my Hello Kitty makeup bag that always is in my bag and contains my staple items of varying makes - foundation, powder, blusher, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, lipgloss, face primer, eye primer and occasionally an eyeshadow pallete. I'll pack one of each item and that does me incase I end up staying over at Davids, or need any sort of makeup top up if I'm out all day. Even though I don't own much makeup, some of the stuff I do have I hardly use. And I hate to see things go out of date with loads still left in it. So I tend to use something until I 'hit pan' and if I like it, I'll buy it again. If I dont, I'll venture into the unknown and try something new :)

So, just a wee reminder that I'm tagging everyone to do this. If you want to, of course :) If you do it, let me know so that we all can compare notes! Have fun ♥


  1. Your blog header picture is so cute.

    Lovely little blog :-)


  2. I love nosing into other people's stuff! Your art kit is fascinating. So professional!

    I'm not a hoarder either - I hate clutter so constantly have clear outs. :)

    Happy New Year!

  3. I have a tackle box too! I like the idea of stickers on it - I think thats a good place for them. I'm defs doing this post, I love it.

  4. Oh my your your aray of art gear is heaven, i am very jelous of you, and your tattoo's and like :O . darn your your amazing xx