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Monday, June 27, 2011

New Kind of Travel Journaling

I know that on this blog, I am in the company of artists who actually go on a trip and spend large parts of their travel time sketching, painting, and writing, in their journal.

I am a big time road-tripper because I am a photographer. Every time I leave on a trip, I make a new resolution that this time, I will stop and take the time to get the journal for that trip completed.

But my best laid plans always go awry because my curiosity takes me off on many a tangent, and I end each day breathless with adventure and too tired to get the art part done.

I make elaborate visual plans in my journal before the trip with lots of art, and I come home with armloads of photos, sketches made while eating meals or driving (ouch), and all the flotsam and jetsam I picked up along the way. (Moleskine Sketchbooks make the best leaf and flower press by the way.)

Most of my actual travel journaling happens at home.

I have decided not only that this is OK (because I can't change it!), but also that I should share my methods of making pre-planning, traveling, and the trip aftermath all part of the travel journal experience. It makes the fun last a lot longer anyway.

So I have scheduled a brand new workshop to run through the Summer vacation season (yes, you can go on vacation in the middle of it - no problem).

The workshop is called "The Art of the Trip, Travel Journaling Mostly from Home", and you can find out more about it on my blog here:

You can enjoy this workshop without going anywhere, or with a day trip to a nearby town, or an exploration of your own, or you can use it to go back and make travel journals for trips past. Anyway you do it, it will be big fun!



  1. Thanks for sharing this. I often think photos and comments later at the end of the day or AFTER the trip, entirely, are much easier to do than taking loads of time out of a trip to sit and sketch plus comment at the same time. Although a mix of both is probably optimal. Thanks for giving me the "permission" to so! You know how many of us are afraid to break a rule. LOL

  2. Jessica, this is brilliant! Thanks for sharing. And of course, it's ok, whatever works for you is ok!

  3. I would like to know more about your art-works, I had visited to many blogs but this one is different, 'cos it has artistic sense. Absolutely.

  4. thank you so much for sharing this with us, this is amazing, I would love too see more about you=r workshops and photos...


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