Get Messy Art Journal Blog Hop: Art Journaling at the Beach

My family travels to the Outer Banks in North Carolina each year.  I have come here every single summer of my life so far.  I love the time I spend here because I can basically just relax with extended family and make art at my leisure.  It's very dreamy.

This year has been incredibly beautiful.  We got to see amazing dark storm clouds roll through and saw some spectacular heat lightning!  Have you ever seen it? Behold:

Heat lightning on the Outer Banks!  During the full moon, no less!

Heat lightning on the Outer Banks!  During the full moon, no less!

When I travel here I pack my art basket with some supplies for art journaling.  I don't let myself overdo it because if I bring too much I won't use it all.  I bring mostly my gouache tubes which I store in a tin, and jars of water soluble colored pencils and graphite, & several paint brushes.  Oh yes, and glue.

This time I brought a surplus of journals to work into because at the last minute I couldn't decide which ones I wanted to use.  Then once I got here I ended up buying a cute old book at a thrift store and I got inspired to use that as a journal on this trip.  I have a loose goal to fill that book up with art in my time here, but I actually doubt that will happen.  It's whatever.  

I'm gonna paint the ocean in this book.  And beachy plants.

I'm gonna paint the ocean in this book.  And beachy plants.

I usually work into my art journals on the deck, facing the ocean.  My grandma reads all day on the porch swing to the left of me, and my dad usually reads on the hammock to my right.  Honestly, I'm really only down there painting for 30 minutes spurts of time.  Occasionally I might get really into what I'm doing and be there for an hour or two, but usually I am ready for a break after a short time.  It's great because the wind dries my layers of wet paint as I go do out to the ocean or eat food.  Thanks, wind.

I used a charcoal pencil that I found mixed into my supplies.  I never use charcoal but I was enjoying it for it's deep dark beautiful blackness.

I used a charcoal pencil that I found mixed into my supplies.  I never use charcoal but I was enjoying it for it's deep dark beautiful blackness.

Inspired by the storm clouds.  How could you not be?

Inspired by the storm clouds.  How could you not be?

Storm clouds passing through.  We really just got some rain after all these clouds.

Storm clouds passing through.  We really just got some rain after all these clouds.

I went on a beach walk with my mom and we sat down in the sand and talked.  I drew the following pages then.  And I think for once in my life I will leave this page just as it is, a simple drawing.

Graphite on gesso is the best!  So scritchy-scratchy and dark.  Luckily the pharmacy I went to here was a pharmacy/art store (!!!).  I was able to buy a tiny container of gesso so I could alter this book.  

Graphite on gesso is the best!  So scritchy-scratchy and dark.  Luckily the pharmacy I went to here was a pharmacy/art store (!!!).  I was able to buy a tiny container of gesso so I could alter this book.  

I will probably add more layers to this one.

I will probably add more layers to this one.

I love hearing about how people work art making into vacation or travel (or how they don't!)  Do you guys make art while traveling?  What are your tips?

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