travel j ournal

Sketching Spain: Online Travel Journal Art Course

I love to travel and I love to keep journals, so whether it is Paris or Mississippi, Italy or North Carolina, I always keep an illustrated travel diary. Well, none of us are going anywhere for awhile but we can still use this time to explore other places and work in our sketchbook travel diaries, which is why I am delighted that Sketching Spain has asked to me to help get out the word about their virtual travel adventure art courses.


Normally, Sketching Spain hosts in-person tours but there’s nothing normal about now so they came up with two online courses to fuel your imagination and wanderlust as well as really up your travel and journal game. Your instructors are Danny, who introduces you to the culture, food, wine, and history of Barcelona while Judith shows a wide variety of techniques for filling your art journal even if you are an absolute beginner.

They also offer All About Vino, a crash course on Spanish wines and art classes that guide you in creating a hybrid illustrated travel/wine sketchbook.

To find out more, click on this link to go to Sketching Spain: Barcelona. Or [read more]

What’s in My Portable Art Studio: Travel Art Kit

This video is the first in a series on keeping a stay at home travel journal because just because we are not traveling these days doesn’t mean that we can’t keep a creative, cool record of our days, especially these crazy days. I want to start by talking about supplies, the tools that I carry with me to work on my illustrated journals, on the road and at home.

When I first discovered illustrated journal keeping I was told that the first, number one rule was – never go anywhere without your portable art kit on you. If you do this, if you are ready to work at any time. I am rarely without my supplies which means I can make pages in coffee shops, dr’s offices, parks, wherever I find myself. So let me introduce you to my portable art studio.

  • Waterbrushes (I use Pentel)
  • Variety of fineliner pens
  • Pencils
  • White gel pen
  • Bamboo dip pen
  • Scissors (mine are Cutter Bee)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Palette
  • Portable watercolour kit
  • Bag with pockets


Here are the links to some of the items I rely on. Note, I am not paid by any of these companies.

LIHIT Lab bags

Gallo Watercolour kit

Derwent Inktense Sticks

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