We always keep a camera, or two or three, with us when traveling, and have years of scrapbooks to show for it. But, always being behind a lens can have drawbacks. It doesn’t tell the whole story and the quest to photograph everything can sometimes take away from being immersed in the experience.
I envied people who traveled with a sketchbook and could jot notes and sketches of their trips, but I had never drawn before and wasn’t sure if it was even possible to learn how at my age.
A search led to a workshop by a teacher named Marilynn Brandenburger on how to keep a watercolor sketchbook. She taught how to get started and how to see things in a way that it was possible for a beginner to translate onto paper. One of the biggest lessons she taught was that “It isn’t a painting, it’s a sketch.”
Disneyland and Disney World are filled with scenes that could fill a sketchbook, but since our primary reason for being there is to experience it with our granddaughter, sketches have to be made very quickly. Usually, it is when someone stops to look at a shop or take a bathroom break.
On our last trip, I put together a little sketching kit that fit compactly in my bag and could be drawn out when there were a few free minutes.
For this trip, I decided on a 6″ square sketchbook. It is bound using a Levenger Circa punch and discs. The beauty of this type of “binding” is that you can make any size or shape of book you want and take pages in and out as desired. Park maps or other paper ephemera can be punched and added at any time.
A Micron pen and mechanical pencil get the sketch started. A little 2″ x 4″ box holds a kneaded eraser, a waterbrush and a little tin of watercolors.
Inside the tiny Altoid tin, I used Sculpey to make a little watercolor travel kit.
Using a waterbrush means not having to carry a cup of water to be able to paint.
An added bonus is that Isabella can paint, too, while we stand in line or wait for a parade!