Perfect Art Journal/iPad Bag . . .


Here I go again – yet another way to schlep my art journaling stuff around.

I have 28 excited folks coming to my art journaling retreat in mid September and they will spend six days capturing Santa Fe in their journals. They will have to carry their stuff

It was surprising and exciting to me that almost all of them are bringing an iPad as well.

My iPad always goes along when a-journaling I go.

You remember all those pictures you’ve seen of painters in the field who are holding up a frame of some sort to isolate the part of the scene they want to capture?

Well, I use my iPad that way. I use it to take a photo of the scene and then I can crop it and enlarge it to get detailed information from the image, and choose what I want to draw.

So . . . this led to the need for a new way of carrying my journaling stuff. I don’t want to drop my iPad accidentally (been there, done that), and I often need my hands free to use my DSLR, which also comes along.

There is a wonderful artist up in Oregon who makes bags. She goes all out and sunprints her own fabric first – with original designs that I love, and then sews the bag. She lines the bag and pockets with some pretty fabric and attaches a strong, adjustable cross-body strap.

I sell her bags in my gallery and it occurred to me one day that one of them might make a perfect art journaling bag for me.

It did.

I promised to share with my retreat students and order one made for them if they wanted.

Then I thought about all of the rest of you and knew you would not want to be left out.

I will be placing a custom order on Monday for any bags you order. This is a one time event and you get your choice of bag color and design.

Let me show you the details . . .


This is the front of my bag and this is the Bird on a Branch design in Blue. It is approx 11.5″ x 9.5″ and closes with a zipper at the top. There is a zippered pocket on the front and an open pocket on the back – with a velcro closure you can use of needed. The adjustable cross-body strap is an inch wide.


The fabric lining is color-coordinated and the pockets are also lined.

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The back of the bag is black. The velcro closure is not on my bag because it was something I asked the artist to add after I had purchased mine and felt the need for some kind of closure for the back pocket.

The photo at the top of the post shows how my iPad (in its folio cover). my Stillman & Birn Beta hardcover journal, and my magnetic paint box (see this post) all fit in the the main compartment of the bag. Loaded this way, the bag weighs 3.7 lbs. The iPad is 2 lbs of that. The bag itself weighs almost nothing. Here’s the photo again . . .


I usually choose just one color medium to take along on each outing. It might be my set of water soluble markers that I paint with from a Sheer Heaven palette (see this post)


Or, my set of watercolor pencils – which I carry in a Global Art pencil case (24 pencil size).


This leather version is about $20 at Blick, but Global Art now makes some in colored canvas which are less than half that. Search Global Art Pencil Case.


The whole pencil case slides in the back pocket just fine.


When I take my water colors or markers instead of the pencil case, I just throw my water brush, pencil, Pitt Pen and eraser in the zipper pocket. Oh . . . and some paper towels too.


Just this week, I am taking orders for custom art journal bags in your choice of design and color. You choose your design and color in the Shopping Cart pull-down menus.

The cost per bag is $36, which is a screamin’ deal when you consider this is entirely artist handmade – even the fabric printing. (Note that natural dyes will do a little fading over time and use, but that adds to the “patina”).

You can have them shipped for $6, or if you are coming to the Retreat, I can hold them here for you.

Turnaround time will be 2-3 weeks from Monday. The por girl will be making them to order, remember.

Here are the color and design choices (any Design can be put on any color):

Bird On Branch (on Blue)


Tree of Life (on Adobe)


Fern (on green) This looks bad because a small photo was blown up.


Butterfly (on Purple)


Hummingbird (on Turquoise)


The Hummingbird design actually includes two smaller Dragonflies as well.

Here is the link to order:

Custom Made Art Journal Bag


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8 thoughts on “Perfect Art Journal/iPad Bag . . .

  1. Shelley

    Love this bag! I just ordered a purple one with the tree of life design. It looks like the perfect bag, not only for art supplies, but any sort of day trip, for those “necessary” items, and easier to carry than a purse.

    I haven’t done much art journaling recently, but I’m hoping that having a great bag to carry supplies will inspire me!

    Thanks, Jessica, for sharing this with us.

    PS – I’m in Oregon too. If I wanted another bag later on, do you know where the artist sells them locally here or if she has a website, or will you continue to carry them on your site?

  2. jessica

    HI Shelley – the artist is a wholesale only artist, but I will be able to get you more if necessary, because I am a brick&mortar retailer.

  3. Dora

    I just found your blog and I think that the bags are gorgeous! Any chance that you will be placing another order anytime soon? I would have to have mine shipped because I live in Ohio.

  4. Shelley

    Jessica, thanks for the reply about purchasing more bags through you if needed.

    Do you know when the above order might be shipped, or is there someplace I can check the status? I’m going on a short vacation on the 13th, and I’m hoping to have my bag to take along!

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