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Art on the Road #2

We are off on a big adventure. I've been keeping the details secret but I'll tell you all about it when we return. This is a stitched journal I made to document our travels.

This is the front cover of the 6x9" journal, and below, the back cover... patches of fabric.

This is the inside front cover and first page for day one, which I will fill in on the flight. The right rainbowy thing is a little envelope which might or might not be useful.

Random paper scraps define writing spaces for two days (one "half" per day).

Lots of fun with patterned cardstock, painted pages, words, etc.

The journal measures 18" x 6" open. I stitched it down the center with linen thread, using an awl before that to make the holes. I actually stitched in a few of the pages upside down, but it doesn't matter, right? There are more pages, but this gives you the idea!

This is the inside back cover.

 Loving that glowy rainbow bokeh. I used black paper for some of the pages, so those days I will write with white uniball marker.

I find blue jean material very calming.

I'm always talking about things you can do with your abstract art, your index card art, postcards, anything that you do as an experiment... here's a fun thing to do, just cut it into strips an dsew together. The first, third and fifth strips here are abstract art I did, the second and third are cardstock.

So that's the journal where I'll write one page of notes per day. It's not an aggressive plan, just one page. I'm not really a big travel writer so it's a challenge. I add all of the bits to make the pages more inviting!

We'll have time on the long flights and in the hotel room each night to draw + write, so here's what the girls and I are taking to do art on the road:


Moleskine A4 watercolor journal

Moleskine 5x8" sketch journal (with heavy off white paper)

Hand-made stitched journal (above)

Rainbow assortment of Slicci .25 gel pens

black gellyrolls, white uniball pen, pitt pen XS

mini-stapler, kid scissors, scotch tape

3 rolls washi tape

zip-lok bags to collect found stuff

Daughter (10)

Wirebound Strathmore Drawing pad {for drawing}

Bound journal from book store {for writing}

Colored & regular pencils in plastic box

Pencil sharpener

Daughter (12) 

Wirebound Strathmore Drawing pad {for drawing}

Bound journal from book store {for writing}

12 Sharpie fine point markers, 3 black gellyrolls

More tidbits about preparing for art + creativity on the road, and what the kids and I have brought on various trips: 

The Art [in] Travel

Kids + Cameras Traveling Part 2 and Part 3 

Art on the Road 

We're leaving in a few days! I'll see you at the end of October. Have fun in your own creative + crafty way.

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Reader Comments (12)

You are killin' me. I am going to have to stalk your Twitter feed for hints. ;)
Have the time of your life, ladies! Your art kits look perfect! xo

This journal is beautiful Tammy. Can't wait to see it full of your adventures. Whatever it is you are doing, have a fabulous time xx

10.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterViv

I'm really, REALLY curious to know where you are going and what you are up to... hmmm, any chance you will end up in my neighbourhood perheps? Wahaaa, now THAT would be awesome! I'll be patient and back at the end of October to hear all about your travels. Have fun!

10.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarit

Bon Voyage!

10.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl

Have a wonderful and exciting time

10.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Have a great time! I won't be able to give up my habit of coming back here everyday, so by the end of October I might just have made headway around the many many wonderful archives! It will keep me sane, in more ways than one!

C x

10.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

Great journal! Have a wonderful trip wherever you're going!

10.4.2012 | Unregistered CommenterConnie Rose

Beautiful Journal! Have a marvelous, exciting, relaxing and safe journey!

10.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCArol

Have an awesome trip!

10.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer K

Thanks everyone!

10.5.2012 | Registered Commentergypsy

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