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Travel Art Journaling Kit

Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube

Vacation is about relaxing and I have to have some kind of art journaling thing with me to fully enjoy the beach.  When I found this plastic storage container at the grocery I bought it!  Cheap and functional. I felt quite brilliant when I wondered, what if I used the lid as my paint palette?

Worked perfectly!  The lid made a great paint palette!  Small bottles of paint stayed upright and the bag of markers, pencils, and beeswax crayons worked well  in a big plastic bag.   The tub also offered a bit of extra insurance with the spilling of paint during travel since it went into checked luggage.  Throw in 2 art journals and my travel art kit was complete!

What do I do with a travel art journaling kit? I play!

Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube


This is the view of the water that inspired me. Guess it is pretty obvious where the whole idea of waves of color came from…




Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube

I sat on the beach flipping through my Dylusions journal until I found a page that called to me.  The page I used to catch the excess ink from Jessica Sporn’s stencil at StencilGirl Products  was the one that called out to me, “What if you use this page?”

What if I drew waves on it?  Waves and doors aren’t what I usually put together, but hey, what if!  I drew the waves onto the page with Copic Markers.




Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube


What if I used  paint over the dried Dylusions spray ink?

Well, you can see what happened! I loved the way it turned out!





Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube

What if  I used my new  beeswax crayons to soften the edges of the marker?  I hadn’t used them so I didn’t know what they would look like…It added a creamy softness.  So happy since they are one of the least expensive supplies ever!




Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube


What if I just used white paint?  I got a different look between the waves of color.





Travel Art Kit and Beachside Art Jouranling with Carolyn Dube


What if I made the sky a bright crazy color?  The only way to know was to try it and glad I did!

This page is not finished but it doesn’t have to be finished right now!  It is waiting for me in my art journal for when I am ready to play again.  I’m thinking about using it as an excuse to go back to the beach…




So now you know how I play on vacation!  How do you play when you relax?

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Linking up with Creative Every Day, Make It Monday, Inspire Me Monday, Be Inspired, and Create Daily.


I share my art and my process because I think creative expression is so important.  If you like what I’m doing I have a favor to ask! I’d appreciate it if you would support me by sharing this post with 3 friends!

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  • Cynthia July 14, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Oooooh, I’m there at the beach….your art has transported me there!! Love the gorgeous, rich colors!

  • Corrine July 14, 2013, 8:54 pm

    Love your simple travel kit. Be nice to get away with that for Create.
    enjoy the waves. xox

  • froebelsternchen July 15, 2013, 1:53 am

    fabulous– wish that you enjoy your days dear Carolyn!

  • Sarah July 15, 2013, 1:42 pm

    I love your portable art supplies – they’re awesome 🙂

    And your wave work is beautiful!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  • Bev July 15, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Love your post to day – love the water and sand and your creative play!

  • Judy Shea July 15, 2013, 2:44 pm

    This is perfect timing for me, Carolyn, as you know. I’ll be putting a kit together as I head to the beach this week. Thanks for the help.

  • Kay Wallace July 15, 2013, 2:49 pm

    What if, indeed, Carolyn??? Your post today has reminded me that a travel “kit” can be a simple one. We are spending 5 out of 7 days a week this summer in our (stationary) travel trailer in N.H. Some days, I am content to just enjoy the outdoors, the birds and a good book, but, others I really long for my art journal and some paint. I thought it really was no longer possible to card all my art supplies to our summer home, but, you have awakened me to the fact that I don’t need them ALL! Thanks for this wise and timely post! Mwah!

  • Carol M July 15, 2013, 3:42 pm

    I love your travel kit. I have to take supplies with me whenever I travel too. You never know when the mood will strike. I usually take my small travel koi watercolor set and some water brushes along with a small pad of watercolor paper. Also take a pencil, eraser and black pen. I love to sit on the beach and soak in the inspiration.

  • Marjie Kemper July 15, 2013, 10:42 pm

    Waaaaaaaaat? Beeswax crayons??? She said, in a high pitched, slightly shocked voice. At first all I could think was how cool is your travel kit, but then… the new supply captured my attention. Thanks for sharing!

  • Loz July 18, 2013, 11:13 am

    Hello.. Gorgeous artwork and colors. Popped over from MIM for a look..Loz

  • Wendy July 18, 2013, 1:26 pm

    Fab pages! Love the colours and textures. Spotted this on MIM xx

  • Sheila Earhart July 19, 2013, 2:41 am

    Hi! I just wanted to say that I love your blog, and found your videos the other day! Awesome!! Rock ON!

    Sheila in Oregon

  • Lisa S July 19, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Wow Carolyn, I love your art journal page and your creative process. Thanks for joining us at Make it Monday.