I’m always experimenting with ways to travel journal, seeing the creative process reflecting the journey into the unknown of traveling. This past month, I’ve been experimenting with two types of journal. The first, a pocket Moleskine watercolor journal, is more familiar to me. I packed my 3.5″ x 5.5″ Moleskine, travel watercolor kit, pencil, sharpener, eraser, pens, brushes, paper towel, all fitting into a gallon Ziploc bag. Actually, I took more than that in the bag, but these are all I used, so next time, I’ll know what I really need. The supplies are listed and linked at the end of this post. Here’s a photo of the supplies I used in addition to the Moleskine journal:
The lesson I learned at Canyonlands was opposite of the one I learned at Arches.
Here’s my entry:
“Today I learned the opposite of what I learned yesterday. Both are true. My favorite part of today was the first stop after the visitors center – Shafer Overlook. It was hardly mentioned on the map. It was an easy walk to breathtaking views. The joy, the wonder and awe came as a surprise – almost effortless, exactly opposite of yesterday’s effort climbing to Delicate Arch.
Throughout the Canonlands, many spectacular viewpoints have been made accessible, even by wheelchair. At the same time, there are numerous trails for the extrememely fit and experienced explorer, something for everyone.
We drove the park and hiked short distances to major overlooks. The canyons are so vast, it was hard to grasp, at least 6000 feet above sea level, often 1500 feet above the canyon floor. The photos are nothing compared to being there. In the spiritual sense, it reminds me I cannot fully grasp the majesty of God, not even close. God is beyond me, yet all around me, and in me. God invites me to follow the hard road, but also surprises me with effortless joy and wonder.”
I am filled with gratitude!
- Moleskine Journal – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ watercolor journal
- Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box, by Sakura (It comes with one Medium/small tip waterbrush)
- Yasutomo Niji Waterbrush, Small
- Prismacolor pencil sharpener
- Kneaded eraser
- White eraser (The one in the link below is not the one in the photo, but I have used it and it works well)
- 2 HB pencils
- Faber-Castell Pitt artist pens: size XS, S and C (Calligraphy) Note: I did have a Sharpie no-bleed pen on hand, but if the Faber-Castell Pitt fineliner pen set is purchased (a better deal in the link below), the Sharpie is not needed.
Amazon Links to Supplies: