“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity. When we get home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything.” – Jonah LeherTravel refreshes life and creativity. A journey to a new place; seeing the world with new, fresh eyes takes one outside of ones comfort zone and puts ones focus in the now. Creative muscles always feel refreshed after some time spent away from the studio.
For my most recent trip, a cruise to Alaska, I brought watercolor postcards and a portable set of watercolors to the stunningly beautiful Pacific Northwest. I often feel most creative on a relaxing vacation, so this project seemed ideal.
I like this project because you can either do it by yourself or in a group. The materials are small, lightweight and portable, about the size of a small paperback novel), all you need is a some water to rinse your brush, and water-color.
Watercolor postcards are contagious, once you find your creative zone, people will want to join in if you invite them. I enjoyed this project because now that I am home I have creative mementos to remember my trip by. Once I was home I felt inspired to finish this project out.
On the corner of each postcard, I dated them with the month, year and trip destination. I then mailed them to my friends and family (being sure to include myself) that I had painted the postcards with.
On the back I wrote a short little note about something I enjoyed from the trip. At this point the postcards became more personal and valuable than anything that I could have purchased in a gift shop because now when I see the postcard I sent to myself I remember the experience of creating them with my loved ones.
And if you really want to splurge check out this awesome travel case:
- Project is completely portable, with all the materials fitting in an area about the size of a small paperback novel.
- Project is appropriate and fun for all ages.
- Make sure to bring extra brushes, and possibly a few sets of paint if you plan on doing this in a group.
- Location Ideas: family reunions (family gatherings), camping, cruises, beach,picnics,any place relaxing and fun!)
-created, written & photographed by Lyrica Glory, founder of Patron of the Arts