Art Cards – Week 22 – Travelog

Instead of making art cards this week (which I haven’t finished yet anyway), I want to share with you my travelog from our trip to Las Vegas. This was my first time keeping a travelog, which was quite fun.

I pencil sketched a page for each day with fun little illustrations to represent a moment. Then I came back and drew ink outlines around everything. My last step was to fill in the images with colored pencils, very mobile to carry when traveling.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5


I brought along a new zippered pouch to carry my art supplies, which included a mechanical pencil, a pad of paper for taking notes throughout the day, a set of tiny colored pencils, and my favorite set of Prismacolor fine line markers.

I ended up purchasing a few more supplies mainly because I was so excited to find a local Blick’s Art Supply store. I bought the 6-inch square Canson sketchbook pictured above, a set of Blicks colored pencils (they were less expensive than the set I really wanted), a colorless blender which works great to blend those colored pencils, a pencil sharpener, a stick eraser, and a kneaded eraser which I had forgotten at home.

Definitely fun to keep a travelog! It was also a cool experiment to discover the minimal amount of art supplies I could get by with when traveling. I am excited to preserve this sketchbook for recording future travel adventures.


  • Thanks for sharing, Terri! Your sketchbook is so much fun to look at…. love all the visual memories you captured!

    We have a store here called The Attic, which also sells vintage things… it’s a lot of fun to browse. I wonder if it’s the same people?

    I’m glad you had such a blast in Vegas… I can’t wait to go back myself and take Keith. He’s never been! Now we know a few other things to check out, thanks to you!

  • Your travelog is a perfect documentation of your trip:) Lots of details to remember on a vacation and this solves the loss of those memories:)

  • What a fabulous way to record your holiday memories – it’s so easy for it to become a blur of activity which is hard to time-line. Your travel log is the perfect solution and allows you to capture all of the highlights and things that made it special to you.

    I love/envy your ability to draw real life – you’ve definitely inspired me to keep a journal of any travels I might take and it’s liberating to know all you really need is paper and a pencil.

    Do you plan on sticking photos on the left side page?

  • I love the “Sunshine-12% humidity” on your favorites page! That would feel so good:)
    This is really a fun way to document your trip. A nice companion to your great photos.

  • Hello Terri,

    Your visual reminder of your vacation is wonderful So much more interesting than pages of writing. I love that you people watch, I enjoy that to airports are the best place for that!!! Glad you were able to pick up some more art supplies.
    Happy days.
    p.s. good luck with your art cards.

  • Love your travel-log, how fun to capture your days with drawings of your favorite places, foods, etc. It will be fun to look back as a reminder in years to come. Wonderful drawings by the way!

  • I love it! What a cool way to keep track of your trip and the places you saw! I really wish I could illustrate…seriously, my talent ends at stick figures 🙂

  • Terri you are after my heart I just ordered a bunch of the new PanPastels from Dick Blick last night and can’t wait to play with them! I have way too many art supplies!

  • LOVE your illustrated travelog. it’s awesome!

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