art journal spreads: tiffany glass & road trip to nowhere

This year, I’m going to start adding some of my art journal spreads to my blog.  I’m trying to experiment with more ways to make art from travel.  Making art journal spreads and doing watercolors are some of the artistic challenges I’m setting for myself. Also, I’m interested in collage and drawing, using either pencils, colored pencils, pens or markers, and making maps of the places I visit.

Below is my first art journal spread for my Road Trip to Nowhere. This depicts my first day of travel, from Virginia to Chillicothe, Ohio, where I stopped to visit Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.  You can see my “on journey” post here: on journey: virginia to cincinnati on a “road trip to nowhere”.  This day of travel was on September 1, 2019.


Virginia to Hopewell Culture in Ohio – September 1, 2019

Second, I did a pencil sketch of a Tiffany lamp, based on an exhibit I saw at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley on July 28, 2019.  After drawing the lamp in pencil, I outlined it in black gel ink, and colored it in with colored pencils and Midliner Creative Markers.  I haven’t yet written about this visit.


Tiffany Lamp from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Lastly, I made an art spread for the second day of my Road Trip to Nowhere, where I drove from Cincinnati, Ohio to Springfield, Illinois.  I visited the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, and then drove through Indiana and Illinois to Springfield, where I visited the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. This was on September 2, 2019.  I haven’t yet written about this travel day.


Cincinnati, Ohio to Springfield, Illinois

I’m not totally happy with these spreads, especially the last one, which I feel is too busy.  I want to try to simplify and pare down on my next spread.

But I hope you’ll give me some leeway, as I’ve never been a visual artist, and until last year, I have never really drawn much of anything. 🙂


“ART JOURNAL” INVITATION: I invite you to post a journal spread on your own blog about your travels. You can do collage, watercolor, acrylics, stamps, drawing or stencils — whatever art form your heart desires.  These are my first art journal spreads and drawings, so I can only hope I’ll become more creative as I practice and play. I invite you to do the same!

If you’d like some ideas on creating an art journal, please see my page: on creating art from travels.  I actually don’t have many ideas yet, but I hope to add more as I experiment with different art forms.  Also, I would love to see any great ideas from the artists out there. Feel free to add a link to your own blog if you do bullet or travel journals of your own.

Include the link in the comments below by Thursday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. EST.  When I write my post in response to this challenge on Friday, March 13, I’ll include your links in that post.

This will be an ongoing invitation, once on the second Friday of each month. Feel free to jump in at any time. 🙂

I hope you’ll join in our community. I look forward to reading your posts!