The Traveling Art Journal Part 4 – A Scrapbook-ish Page

We continue on the theme started with the Julie Fei-Fan Balzer take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to. Her categories are (or were a few years ago) Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented. Today we are again skipping Wordy and going to Scrapbookish. I am not a scrapper, but my take on Scrapbook-ish is that it involves real photos of your daily life.

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Scrapbook-ish  Page with postcard, title from park brochure and photo of Sister II.

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The same page with the postcard flopped open, showing a photo of my man on the back, the park receipt and plenty of room to write. I use the postcards to hold a place for a photo if I need to print them later.

NOTE: I have dozens of pages with photos of our youngest generation included and decided not to post them on the internet. But when the kids see those pages in 10 years they will giggle at “that” day or “that” thing that happened.

 WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras.  When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.

Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, matte gel medium and heavy gel medium (if you have room).

Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat rocks.

Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, other sticker.

Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs.

To add in: photos

The Traveling Art Journal Part 3 – A Collage-ish Page

Several years ago Julie Fei-Fan Balzer posted her take on the 5 main ways of Art Journaling which I still refer to now and then. Her categories are Painty, Wordy, Collage-ish, Scrapbook-ish, Doodler and I have added a sixth type Fabric-oriented. Today we are skipping Wordy and going to Collage-ish.

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Sister #1 used a map across two pages, a berry napkin-that added color, charm and place (Western Washington is known for it’s berries), portions of a brochure for the words and tape in this collage – that

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folds open with – a bonus surprise for the person looking through the journal!

WHAT TO PACK AND WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

As with all travel you have to carry anything acquired – so ephemera needs to be small, lightweight and cheap enough to discard the extras.  When shopping add in thrift stores, farmer’s markets and garage sales to get some local flavor. If anyone will be joining you by car, have them bring the heavy/bulky stuff and pay for your share.

Supplies: A journal, glue stick, scissors, tape, watercolor crayons, water brush, pens, matte gel medium and heavy gel medium (if you have room).
Ephemera: Napkins, maps, business cards, post cards, pressed plant materials, very flat rocks
Thrift Store Finds: Old jewelry, old postcards, rubber stamps, music note stickers, other stickers
Tourist Information Stops: Local maps, Stickers – often bumper sticker size, brochures with local names in fancy fonts, key chains or other dingle-bobs

To add in: photos

Journal shown here: Strathmore 6″ X 9″  Windpower Watercolor, cold press, 140 lb paper,[640-6]

Are you making a Traveling Art Journal? Which of the categories do you lean towards? Do you use them all or are you a purist?

Flip Side Friday #10 – Hot Water Heaven

We’ve landed in the Wachau – Wine Country of Austria – YIPPEE! This area is famous for 2000 year old vineyards, the Danube River (Donau) and Apricot Liqueur. We based ourselves in a little Bed and Breakfast place on the south end of the Wachau right across the Danube River from Melk Stift a venerated and operating Castle-Abbey-type place.

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This is a postcard, not my work – sigh.

We lucked out on our choice of B & Bs as we got a small apartment vs a room. We have a sitting room including a kitchen, a bedroom and a BATHROOM! It is actually a bathing room complete with bathtub, separate shower stall, large sink and a bidet! Did I mention we did not have hot water for our previous week’s adventure? Any amount of adventure can be handled if you know there is a hot bath in the near future. And talk about civilized – the toilet is in a separate room.

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Our landlady is also a gem. To say that my man and I have food issues is to put it mildly. Most folk just shake their heads and give up. We end up at the end of a hiking trek either hungry or with bad tummies. Our landlady however keeps trying things on us to see what we end up eating. The next day there is more of that on the breakfast table and something new to see how it goes. This morning the new addition was sliced radish and it was so pretty I had to take a picture. The best thing? We are paying 25 Euros each per night…

Yesterday we hiked up to Aggstein Ruins. I didn’t have much with me except some already painted paper and a pen…here’s my effort. Aggstein Sketch

Today’s adventure – a ship down the Donau – is calling and I must go. Thanks for reading.

Flip Side Friday #9 – on Saturday (I think)

We made it back from the second round of Hut-to-Hut Trekking. We are tired, muddy and fully satisfied. It was hard hiking, mostly good weather and really good fun.

Falconhutte PanoramaI used this postcard as I could not get a panoramic photo. If you look closely you can see where I marked our overnight Hut, Falconhütte. The dotted lines are climbing routes for world-class climbers! The regular trails were steep enough for me – thank you.

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It snowed overnight so we hurried out and down to the valley. I do believe this is the original home of Hobbits and Mountain Dragons.

My sketching skills are reviving and I am getting fast enough to catch the bell peppers before they land in the soup!

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We ran into a dearth of hot water on this particular trek so I was more than grateful for a long hot bath and a fussy cook. I will post more of our Hut-to-hut Treks in the Traveling Art Journal as soon as possible. In the meantime stay tuned!

 

Flip Side Friday – On The Move

Bopping around Europe (actually at this point it is creeping creakily) is WAY fun and the vicissitudes – aka electronics – of daily life recede into the background. We are back into town life for about a week before the next hiking trip and I find many little details have fallen by the wayside – like scheduled posts that didn’t happen. Eeek – that is all I will say about that.

Our first hut-to-hut trek started by taking a cable car, a small bus-like carriage hanging from large cables, up out of the rain! Steep! and though I am not crazy
Cable car to Gablonzer Hutabout heights I was totally grateful not to be hiking that mountain! We just stopped all the action and stayed at the first Hütte we came to – Gablonzer Hütte. We found a corner table and I spread out my art journal and started playing. It was quiet in the dining/common room and we sipped at our drinks, nibbled at some food and stayed there for a couple of hours before dinner.

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Pen sketch ala Jane LaFazio using watercolor crayons, pencils and brush.

The hardest part of this trip is finding time and quiet to journal and do in-real-time posts. Being on the move is just that  – moving.  I have no problem sitting among the gabbling german-speak after dinner with relatives, making backgrounds or gluing and taping, but…

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Glued in napkin, map and brochure piece.

BUT! I have found it takes a steely resolve to put your head down and write or paint…even with those closest who understand what’s up.