Organizing with carts (for crafting in general and LifeBook)

I think I’m like most artists, I keep stuff everywhere because I don’t have the luxury of having a studio. I’m a scrapper, a card maker, a mixed media artist, I’ve taken up painting with LifeBook 2013 and I also do miniatures in 1:12. So you can imagine the amount of stuff I have accumulated over the years 😉

I have paper in wardrobe under my coats, I have scrapbooking decorations under my desk in my bedroom, punches in boxes under my bed and my miniature making supplies in 1/3 of a room (the rest of the room is dear hubbys who builds model aeroplanes and other stuff).

But most of my stuff for LifeBook and painting I keep in two carts. I started out with one and it took 4 months to outgrow it and it spilled over untill we couldn’t use the kitchen table at dinner time. Of course we had to be able to eat at the table so I went out and bought another cart (I wonder how it will take to outgrow that one 😀 )

I thought about putting the carts against a more fancy background when taking the photos but I thought Id show you the real world. One stands next to our washer and the cats eating bowl, the other one stands next to the dining table. Not the prettiest of pictures but we all live in the real world and it’s not always fancy. They have wheels so they can be easily moved if we want to seat more people at the table.

The carts cost 99kr/st (ca $15/each) and the wax table-cloth cost 30kr (ca $4.3). They are 64cm high, 36cm wide, 26cm deep (outside measurements).

Enough about that. You want to see the carts. So here they are.

Cart no1


Shelf 1


The first cart contains almost all of my current paint. I prefer golden liquid or golden heavy body.

I have all the paint stuff, extender, flow improver, glossy medium on the first shelf. Behind the paint I keep my self mixed spray inks.  I also keep my Neocolor II there and my Inktense and a set of oil crayons. (Although I almost always use my travel case with Neocolors, I will make a post about that later).

On the side there is a litre jug in which I keep the brushes that are oversize in length or width. It also contains my brayer, my markers, my metal ruler and an assortment of this and that. I keep my brushes in a small plastic bag to keep the cat hair of them. I only own nylon brushes, I think they are the best with acrylic paint but they also attract cat hair, at least in my household.

Shelf 2


On the second shelf I keep my mediums. All golden products. Gel matt medium, gel semi gloss medium, gesso (I have a big jar in storage and fill up the small jar when I need), glass bead medium, tar gel. I also keep my “rub ‘n buff” on that shelf and my inks.  I also keep different types of glue there. Regular paper glue (stick) and my favorite – Aleene’s Tacky Glue- and Gac 500 in a small bottle which I fill when needed. I also have two types of masking fluid. One that is with a brush and one that is with a fine tip for the finer details on a painting.

I use the golden gel medium for most of my glueing and layering of paper and its by far my favorite matte medium. If I need it to be more like decoupage glue I just mix it with water. I havent used glass bead gel in LifeBook, yet but I’m sure I will find a project for it. I used the tar gel with glitter to create the wings to my Fairy Art Mother.

I keep a few make up sponges too, they are cheap and come in different textures and sizes. I love them for dabbing paint. If its possible I love to finger paint but some of the paint from golden contain pigments that aren’t supposed to be that healthy and that’s why I use sponges.

The flow improver is a product that you use very small amounts of so I keep a pre-mixed bottle with flow improver.

Shelf 3


On the bottom shelf I keep extra bottles and jars for when I mix paint. There’s my beloved heat gun (a definite must) and bees-wax (I have yet to use it but it’s there). I also keep wax paper there for the times when I need to protect the surface I’m working on.

There’s also sanding paper and plastic lids that are perfect for mixing paint on.

Cart no2



Shelf 1


On my other cart I keep paper pads on the first shelf and all of the things I use to make backgrounds right now. Lots of stamps and two black ink pads. I also have a variety of stuff that I can use to stamp with using paint or ink pads. There’s also my stencils/masks.

I have spray fixative and spray glue and my mannequin doll (still in the box, havent been able to that lesson yet)

Oh, I almost forgot my spirograph. It’s a kids toy but I love the shapes it makes.

Shelf 2


The second shelf contains different kinds of embellishments that I use in lots of ways. Lots of bingo items and flowers. Some decorative papers, playing cards, napkins and some fabric. I keep the really small embellishments in mini containers. ($1,5 or 10kr for 4)


Shelf 3


Last but not least I keep my mold making supplies on the bottom shelf. They are not for LifeBook but I use them for my 3D-paintings so I keep them there. I also have an apron made from half a trash bag because I tend to get paint everywhere, its part of the fun.

In a later post I will show you my travel kit that so far hasn’t traveled further than my living room table.

I think this is the longest blog post I’ve written and I’m amazed if you have made it this far. If you have questions please ask, I write for you 🙂


LifeBook 2013 – week 5

Here are some butterfly photos you can use if you want to.

Personal use only.

butterfly2 butterfly1

Lifebook 2013

So I decided to sign up for LifeBook 2013, a year-long online mixed media art class, run by Tamara Laporte. I wanted to learn new techniques and thought it was a great deal. The inner journey hocus pocus thingy I thought I’d just ignore. My oh my, what was I thinking! Did I suddenly lose my brain? Art is about self-expression, at least it is for me. I belive that it is impossible to create something without putting a part of yourself in it. So of course I am doing the inner journey hocus pocus thingy 😉 as well as learning new techniques.

I have to get my scanner up and running (I have a very temperamental HP multiprinter/scanner) before I can show you pics of my work. The camera lightens everything up and distorts the colors so that it doesn’t seem like my work anymore so I feel that I need the scanner for these mixed media paintings.