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Art Journal Every Day: On the Road

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I'm on the road with my art journal this week.  Just playing with what I have.  You don't need a lot of fancy supplies to have fun in your art journal.  I wanted to share a few quick ideas for what you can do with a black pen and a set of watercolor paints.

I did all of these pages on the road: in the airport, in my hotel room, in the green room at the studio, etc.  (And took all the photos on the road and wrote this blog post on the road, so my apologies about some of the flashed out photos!  It was a better choice than blurry!)

I worked on this page in the airport while I was waiting for my flight.  (You might have seen me tweet this iphone photo if you're a follower on Twitter.)

I simply balanced the journal on my lap and painted away with my tiny watercolor set.  Here's the full page:

And I worked on this page in little fits and starts between taping segments for Scrapbook Soup.  A few raindrops...

...became a deluge!

Some text to add context...

...and some color to add even more to the story.

And I have always believed in lots and lots of journaling!

Here's another studio page completed in stages:

Nothing fancy, just simple words and a big doodle.

And finally, here is the page currently in progress in my hotel room:

This particular page was started on a page that had strips of washi tape all over it.  I drew and painted some flowers...

...and then somehow it morphed into a face!  I'll probably finish the page up with some journaling and a few other edits, but I'll have to cross that bridge tomorrow!

If you're making art journaling a part of your daily life chances are you're going to have to travel with your journal at some point.  Here are three things I have learned about art journaling on the road, which I hope you'll find helpful:

  1. Leave the huge journal at home.  I hate to miss days in my big "every day" diary style journal, but it's just too cumbersome to open up in an airport or hold on my lap.  So I travel with a different journal -- one that is wire bound (so it folds open to a manageable size) and can easily be stuck in a bag.
  2. Limit your supplies.  It's hard for me to journal without gesso and gel medium!  But it's also good for me to stretch my artisic muscles a bit and work without my favorite crutches.  Plus keeping it simple means less to set up and clean up, and less to carry!
  3. Not every page has to be a masterpiece.  This is true whether you're traveling or not, but it's a good daily mantra.  Splashing around and having fun, letting your thoughts tumble onto the page -- that's what really counts.  But particularly when  you're on the road give yourself permission to let things go.  For instance, I usually work in lots and lots of layers.  Without a heat gun and miscellaneous supplies this is hard to do.  So when traveling I just let that whole idea go!

Before I go, here's a peek at the pencil case of supplies I brought with me (neat and messy versions because I couldn't decide which photo I liked better):


  • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen (didn't use it)
  • Permapaque (didn't use it)
  • Mechanical Pencil (didn't use it)
  • White Eraser (didn't use it)
  • Koi Pocket Filed Sketch Watercolors (includes a collapsable water brush)
  • Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (01, 03, 05 sizes)
  • Uniball Signo White Gel Pen (didn't use it)
  • Rag

Would love to see what's in your traveling box!  Leave a link in the comments section!

Thanks for stopping by!