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I like taking my art journal with me. And I hate taking my art journal with me. Both statements are true.
There are definitely good and bad things about art journaling on the road. On the positive side: limited supplies encourage creativity and oftentimes I have more time on the road to do highly detailed work than I do at home. On the negative side: limited supplies -- I want my stuff!
Here are three pages I made while on the road with limited supplies....
This page is mostly marker. Permapaques are my go-to when traveling because they're easy.
My white pen of choice is the water-based Sharpie, because it's so opaque and does a great job (as you can see in the polka dots above and the eyes below).
I colored the blue dots after I got home and had access to paint.
This is a page that I felt I had ruined. I had access to some watercolor at one point during my trip and I went a little crazy with it in her face. I liked the page a lot more before I added the color, but that's all part of the learning process. I noted it mentally and flipped the page. Time to move on!
Many, many, many of the pages in my art journal are built on top of the tags I use to experiment with (as in the elephant tag above). That way all those little projects get used instead of getting lost.
I've been experimenting a lot more with abstract -- both in my art journal and on canvas. I've also been trying to play with alternate color palettes -- less primary.
Sometimes I add text just to fill the leftover space on the page. I just think of a few words that are running through my head at the moment and jot them down. I like this idea because it's like an abstracted form of journaling. Just a few simple words to convey a host of thoughts.
Do you take your art journal on the road? I hope so!
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