If you have ever taken your journal on the road with you, you have likely considered what supplies to bring and what to leave behind. If you only write in your journal, the question is infinitely easier - grab a favorite pen and you're all set! But if you like to sketch, draw, and paint in your journal, as many travelers do, you'll need to pack a bit more in your suitcase.
A travel journal is the surest way to record all the memories of a trip. While photos capture the look of a place, you'll need to dig deeper to really capture the feel of it. What do you smell? What do you hear? What is your mood? What do you think about what you are seeing? These questions and countless others are better answered through the written word.
Artist Oona Leganovic shares some helpful thoughts on how to gather what you need, ditch what you don't, and how to edit your supplies down to those you'll really want when inspiration strikes on the road!
"Assembling the art supplies for my journey is quite a challenge: On the on hand I want to pack lightly, but on the other hand I find it hard to predict what I will need or not.There’s just so much I don’t know! For example I don’t know if the means I use to depict Berlin and London are as well suited to depicting other places, especially places with different light, different landscape, and other materials used in buildings. I’ll be gone for so long that I’m not sure if I will grow bored, say, with pencil or watercolor, or … or I might get into an especially experimental mood and suddenly want oil pastels or start missing my acrylics or whatever."
"But whatever I’ll take, I’ll have to haul around for more than three months. So here are my criteria for what stuff not to take:
- Don’t take anything that needs fixative and/or smudges a lot.
- Don’t take anything that doesn’t dry overnight.
- Don’t take anything with a messy set-up or clean-up.
So out go pastels of any kind, conté crayons, charcoal, very soft graphite, oils, and acrylics. Phew. That leaves only pens, pencils, colored pencils and watercolors/gouache (and maybe ink & dip pens). Sounds manageable, right?"
Read More on Ooona's Blog: Thoughts on Assembling Travel Sketching Supplies
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