It’s a long road ahead

In between the chaos of packing clothes, art gear, food, camping stuffs, checking if things work, replacing things that don’t…. And all that pre trip activity, I have been playing at school projects. Just like my school projects when I was a child they are a bit dodgy but they do get the information across.

We are going to drive across Australia and since announcing our trip plans over on Pintangle.com I have had a few emails indicating that many people outside Australia don’t really have a sense of how big the place is. So I went looking for maps of Australia overlapping USA and Europe. I tried to find one that was open source so I was legally able to share it. But I could not find one so I decided to start my travel journal and sketch out a pair.

Map of Australia overlapping USA

The first image is a map of Australia that overlaps USA. The red line is the route we will take across the country, starting in Canberra and driving to Fremantle just south of Perth.

Map of Australia overlapping Europe

Here is a map of Australia overlapping Europe. As readers can see this little tootle down the road is actually quite a road trip.

If you want to confirm my maps just google “map of Australia overlapping USA” or “Map of Australia overlapping Europe”.

Anyway as we travel I plan to keep in touch here, perhaps share some sketches from my travel journal, photos and stuff. I am going to try a few different things in my travel journal – so it should be fun and perhaps it might spark a few ideas for your next travel journal too.

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Video page flip of Travel Journal 3

As I have promised readers, I have a video of page flip of my third travel journal. This is the third travel journal I filled while away for 9 weeks. I hope you enjoy viewing it and listening to my general chatter about keeping a travel journal. At the end of the video I discuss a pouch I carry some of my art gear in.

If you want to see the other videos in the series you will find them I hope folks enjoy it!

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Page flip of travel Journal 2

This video is the journal flip I promised readers in my recent post about what art materials I used on our 2 month trip. Many people liked the post and the first video I posted so I hope people enjoy this one too!

During the trip I filled 3 sketchbooks. This is the second book. In the video I have answered a few questions people asked in response to the first video, such as, what glue I use, what is Washi tape etc.

The first travel journal you will find here

If you are an email subscriber to this blog click on the title to be taken to the page to see the video.

I hope people enjoy it!

What I used of my Travel sketch kit on my trip

As I was packing for our trip I shared a photos of my sketching travel kit I had put together and promised that when I returned I would tell readers what of the art materials I packed I actually used. You may want to refresh your memory. You will  in this post photos and listed the items of what I took.

Travel journal I used on my tripFirstly for my travel journals I took 2 Daler Rowney sketchbooks of 150 gsm cartridge paper, that are landscape format. I was a little worried that I was being over ambitious as we were away 9 weeks in all. I needn’t of worried as I filled those two and went on to a  third sketchbook that I purchased in Paris. It is a hard bound Canson 5.5 X 8 inch sketchbook that has 100gsm paper in it. To be honest I found this a better sketch book to use on the road. It was smaller and easier to carry about and the actual area it took up when opened out was less which meant I could write and draw in more compact spaces.

If you want to see a video of a flip through the pages of the first journal here is the link. In the next week or so I will video the other two books and share the page spreads with readers.

drawing equipment I used in my travel journalThis is what I found I used most from my travel art kit pencils, eraser and kneedable rubber, UHU glue, stapler, small cutting knife, scissors (not in the photo) pitt pens, washi tape, bulldog clips and paper scraps. These items in the travel kit were used constantly.

Art supplies I used in my travel journalMy watercolour paints, water brushes and inktense pencils I used occasionally probably because they were wet media and I found that it was simple to keep to dry media while out and about. It was more convenient to work without water.

Art supplies I did not use in my travel journalMy watercolour pencils I did not use at all. I also took a stencil knife and cutting board as I am usually a little more careful when cutting out images but I found at the end of a day tired after being out and about I took short cuts and resorted to scissors.

What I have learnt and what I will take in a travel art kit in future

If I was going to be away for only 2-3 weeks I would simply pack dry materials like pencils. The inktense pencils were new and I really did not know quite how they would behave and respond to the paper I was using. I like them but I wanted more muck about time with them. So in future particularly for a short trip I would take media I was familiar.

For longer trips it is a slightly different story as you can get tired of using the same media again and again. On a longer  trip of over a month, I would take watercolours again as after about 6 weeks I felt a real urge to use other media. On this trip as with any trip the time of year and the places we were at influenced what media I used. I did a lot of drawings in Museums where wet media is not permitted but dry media is.

Earlier in our trip in France I could have used them outside but to be honest at the start of the trip I was a little shy of drawing in public. It would have felt a little pretentious to pull out a painting kit in public. It is after all just a journal. I did slowly lose my shyness but it did influence what I used. Somehow a pencil feels much less of threat.

Towards the end of the trip I was in the UK and the weather kept me in the museums and galleries rather than out in the parks. Both sound like excuses which they are not. Many people find it hard to write a travel journal let alone draw in it too so I am happy with what I have done. But that is another topic. It is enough to say that in future depending on location and time of year on a longer trip I would take the watercolours and probably get more use out of them.

I hope readers have found this useful. Coming up I will share some of the items I purchased on the trip and videos of the other two journals.