I recently had the opportunity to take a little break from work and visit friends and family in Toronto. Not only was it a nice break from my 9 to 5 job, it was also a chance to have some time to just hang out and play with paints. Travelling with art supplies is always challenging – especially when you are taking a form of public transit, so I took a cue from the great Jennibellie and made a travel palette with some of my water soluble media. I had some limited acrylic paints along for the ride – I found some travel pots that reminded me of the paints you used to get in a paint-by-numbers kit. I was able to get out a bunch of ideas that had been rattling around in my head for a while and just hadn’t had a chance to explore. I also got to visit the bird collection at the Royal Ontario Museum for a sketching session. I focused my energies on thrushes for a painting I will be working on in the coming months. The travel journal includes a rough sketch/layout for the painting, which is still awaiting colour. Not all of the pages are complete – I will steal away some time from the commissioned pieces I’m working on and preparations for the holidays to complete them. I will bind this mini-journal into my larger journal when everything is complete.
Most of the pages were complete with watercolours, or a mixture of watercolour and acrylic paint. To see how to make the journal, visit my previous post for a link to the tutorial.