21 Day Challenge, Day 20: Art Journal Travel Kit

Just one more day after today…

You have established a new habit! Aren’t you proud of you?!?! How does it feel to know that you can escape to the sanctuary of your journal to recharge yourself from the day’s drain?

I wanted to pause and talk about supplies…

Everyone has their favorites. I am constantly adding to my stash, usually because I’m watching videos on art journaling or reading books and the author uses something that I don’t have. Me? I run right out and get what s/he used! Hehehe… My husband just shakes his head and takes me off to the store. I think he’d rather see me giddy playing in paint then stressed out and upset.

One thing I have learned about supplies is that you can use any quality — from the cheapest of the cheap, to the most expensive there is — and still create beautiful journals and artwork. Of course, the look you are trying to achieve in your finished project will have a bearing on what supplies you use. Here’s a list of my favorites — the ones I am constantly using:

  • Caran d’Ache Watercolor Crayons
  • Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels
  • Golden and Liquitex Acrylic Paints
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
  • Canson XL Mixed Media Journals*** Love these!
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Pitt Artist Pens
  • Dip Pen
  • Matte Gel Medium (both fluid and soft)
  • Gesso (both Golden and Liquitex)

Since you never know when you will have “down time” while you are away from your studio, I keep a small stash of supplies with me. Here’s a list of supplies that I keep with me at all times:

  • Portfolio Water Soluble Oil Pastels
  • Matte Medium (fluid — can be used as an adhesive, to seal, and to activate water colors)
  • Aqua brushes (in case I need water — no need to carry a dish)
  • A set of alphabet stamps
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Stamp Pad
  • Sakura Gelly Roll Pens
  • Dip Pen

With these supplies, I can paint, add color with/without wet media, stamp, and write. I can do complete pages or get them prepped for a layer of collage and/or acrylic paints when I get back to the studio. I am always prepared to journal!

Carrying a small kit such as this with you at all times can do wonders for your journaling life. Although I strongly encourage that you journal EVERY morning, sometimes this just isn’t feasible. Sometimes you wake up late and are rushing. Or, you could be ill and not up to getting up extra early to have time to journal. You may just be fatigued from the day you had yesterday. There are any number of reasons why you may miss your morning journaling. Don’t allow excuses to stop you from journaling every day! OK, so you couldn’t do it in the morning but you have your art journal travel kit with you and you are sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Pull it out and get your journaling done!

There are so many moments in our day where we have even just a 10 minute window that we could be doing some journaling. Get your travel kit together today and get into the habit of keeping it with you. You will soon start naturally pulling it out when you realize you have a bit of downtime and are able to play in paint. Another healthy habit to start and keep…

What are some of your favorite supplies? Share with us below.

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