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Moleskine, My Go To Travel/Art Journal And Why….


As many of you already know I journal everywhere I go. It is a wonderful way for me to stay engaged with my art and studio time while documenting my trip in a fun, interesting and stress free way.

I generally decide before i leave home the style and method I’ll use to journal. Over the years I’ve used many different style journals to work in, with experience I’ve learn that small journals, with some kind of closure like sting or elastic is best. It needs to be small enough to fit in the purse I’ve selected to travel with and I also like to take an accompanying pencil case that will hold the various pens and pencils I want to use along with small paint tubes of primarily matt acrylic paints, on this journal I used black. watercolor brush (which I use With my watercolor pencils) and my trusty glue stick.


I do love the Moleskine journals for a number of reasons…They are easy to find even during travels most places carry them in the event I’ve left home without one or have more to document than one book will accommodate. The paper is of a good quality so that paints work just fine on the pages, ( I don’t recommend working with too much water but the pages can handle minimal saturation). Most versions come with an inside back pocket so when I’m traveling around and come across things that I want to put into the journal this pocket is a great place to store things until I sit down to work. And the most endearing feature is the elastic strap that keeps the journal closed. This becomes increasingly more important as your trip wears on and your journal begins to expand from all of the wonderful keepsakes that are documenting your vacation.

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I generally reach for the 3.5 X 5.5 size, it’s a perfect size to work in and document. I’ll use larger books when I plan to do artwork along with keeping a travel journal, but I find if I want to primarily document the trip while working with my pens and paints this passport size Moleskine is perfect!


For this journal I decided that I wanted to work primarily in white ink on black paint, and to my surprise the printed literature of so many Australian business is highly graphic and in black and white! Who knew right? Much of what I documented worked beautiful into my Journal and consequently my little white pen got lots of use.


Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen

Black Matt Acrylic Paint


Uhu Glue Sticks 12 pack

I’ve placed a link for the 12 pack because honestly I purchase them by the dozen because I go through them so fast that to buy one or two at a time is just not sufficient for me, and its far more economical, but certainly if you just want to try just 1 then by all means follow this link here!

Enjoy your own Journaling time!

Love and Peace



4 responses to “Moleskine, My Go To Travel/Art Journal And Why….

  1. Cynthia February 8, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Sounds like Australia was good to you.
    Be well, meta
    Cynthia Talbott-Nelson

  2. Microsoft Account team February 8, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Love them, Robyn!

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Tab® S

  3. Carolyn Morgan March 11, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    I just discovered you yesterday on youTube! Wow! Now I know that you are also a LIght Worker and creativity coach. I feel like I hit the jackpot! Love your work and inspiration for art journaling and using the Gelli plate.

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