Travel Journal Tips #3 · WHAT AND HOW TO JOURNAL · semiskimmedmin

Travel Journal Tips #3 · WHAT AND HOW TO JOURNAL · semiskimmedmin


Alright you lot, I just wanted to come on
here and get an art video out for you all before my birthday celebrations and festival
goings begin. And this has been hugely requested since I
started my travel journal series, so while I work in this spread in my Mexico travel
journal, demonstrating what I’m talking about, I’m basically gonna go over all the things
you need to know to get started with your own art journal or travel journal. So first
of all, as I always say, there’s no right or wrong way to do things. We all experience things differently, see
things differently. And therefor we’ll want to have our own way
of showing and displaying those things. Note down the things that stand out to you
personally and represent that on paper however you prefer. You might be more into cut-outs and photos,
stickers, more text, more drawings, no drawings. And whether you put together your journal
on location or maybe once you get home, these are the key points that I think are relevant
to anyone. Firstly, Keep note. I’ve talked about it before but I’ve been
in the habit of keeping a holiday diary since I was very young. Mum called it the captain’s log and every
evening we’d each take turns in being able to write down what we got up to on that particular
day of the holiday. It was all in the same little notebook so
on our next holiday when she got the book out we could look back on all our other adventures
as well. Now, I tend to keep my captains log in the
notes section on my phone. I always have my phone on me, so it’s always
within reach to fill in a bit of my goings-on if I’m waiting as a station or on a longish
journey from one part of my holiday to another. Plus it’s always there for you to look back
on when you’re home and wheneber you want. Go into as much or as little detail as you
want. I thought I’d read you a couple of examples
of entries from two different holidays of mine. The first was in Rhodes, Greece and we’d just
got to our home for the week. It says ‘…The large wooden double doors
open to a bright courtyard roofed with the vines of a lemon tree. All the plants that surround the two seating
areas are green and vibrant. Doors on the side lead to the bathroom, kitchen
and a small side-room with a bed. The main room has a medieval, exotic feel;
wood and stone, lanterns, candles, pottery and tribal art. On either side of the huge, high-ceilinged
room on a platform are big double beds. White stairs outside go up to another table
area and higher still is the roof where you can see the entire town. The buildings, the beach, the cliffs, the
acropolis….’ okay so lots of detail there. The next one is from a trip to Berlin, Germany. It was an equally as exciting trip and re-reading
my journal brings back the same vivid memories but my writing style is much different. This one says ‘Day 1; Freidrichsain, prenzlaurberg,
neukolln. Bus 100 tour: brandenburger tour, siegesaeule,
opera house, Tiergarten Zoo and aquarium, Train drama, Met daisy and friends, Chalet,
Got shawarma to eat, Gorlitzer Park with rene and friends.’ Very different writing style but for me the
second one makes as much sense and stirs as many memories as the first. Good things to note would be what you ate,
how was the weather, standout moments from the day and people you met (especially names
if you can remember them, it’s a really nice detail). Next tip, Collect everything. Pick up any relevant brochures, maps, business
cards, keep tickets for buses, trains it all makes great stuff for sticking in. Also, Take pictures
To refer to for drawing but also to stick in. You can use your phone, camera, a disposable
or even better underwater disposable. With digital photos, I print them on my regular
printer with regular ink but order cheap photo paper from amazon to print it on. It makes such a difference to the quality
and colours. Now then, when assembling a page; If I’m doing the whole thing at home, I
lay out all the things I’ve accumulated, print out pictures, put it all in a timeline
and start mentally dividing up the sketchbook; ‘on this page I could do something to do with
this day, the next page could be about the next couple of days’, and I slot in the loose
bits that are relevant to each bit. A post-it to let you know what you have planned
is great as well. You can also freestyle it which is generaly
how it goes when you’re journalling on location, in your hotel room the evening or day after
these things actually occurred. For a spread, I personally will start out
with an idea of what I want it to look like, once I know what I’m going to be talking
about. I might lightly block out areas of the page
to say, writing here, photo here. You could also just go ahead and start drawing
or painting or sticking things in and see where it takes you. I start with drawings. I refer to photos taken, use google maps street
view if I need to, or even pinteerst, It’s also great to try to draw from memory or even
from your imagination. This isn’t an enclycolpedia, it doesn’t
have to be exact, its about how you felt and how you interpreted what you’ve seen and done. Landscapes and buildings are always a nice
thing to draw in a travel journal, landmarks and even people youve met if you can. If you’re wondering about the tools I use
and how I use them, you can check out the video I have on exactly that. Next I stick in things that need sticking
in. I also sometimes include envelopes or pockets
for loose bits that I want to keep but not so much display. Then in the gaps I might write a bit, depending
on how self explanatory the page might be. If you prefer to focus more on the writing,
I’d recommend doing that first and working your art and stick in bits around it. Experiment with different page layouts Fill a page spread with one big drawing, do
lots of little drawings, layer drawings over each other, write a full page of text, make
a collage of photos, set it out like an illustrated book, or newspaper article. And that’s pretty much it, you can add embellishments
to the page to give it a bit more vibrancy and dynamic, I like paint splatters but I
use them in moderation, not on every page. You could add stamps, stickers, nice tape,
glitter, other textures, whatever you’re into to give it your unique touch. Don’t forget to go out and have fun. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to
create the perfect picture book. Make memories and make art. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than
that. See you later guys. Bye!

100 thoughts on “Travel Journal Tips #3 · WHAT AND HOW TO JOURNAL · semiskimmedmin

  1. belated happy birthday!! i hope ur happy keep these vids coming ur my inspiration tysm for your all ur efforts we appreciate them so much more power!!! 🌸🌸🌸

  2. i love all of the videos you put out there! very irrelevant comment but i thought i may aswell let you know

  3. guys i need help! i'm gonna be in europe for a month, and i'd really like to journal there. but i don't have a printer! i'm not really good at art, so i have to use photos. i can't get one of those mini printers because they're expensive. does anyone have any ideas? thanks a lot

  4. I've been in such a slump with my art for years. I stumbled upon your videos by accident and what a happy accident it was! I'm filled with inspiration and some great prompts to improve my skills or just have fun. Your videos always fill me with the urge to create something. Keep going!

  5. This is so beautiful! I admire how everything you draw (even things like cars) look so special and pleasing. I regret so much that I haven't made a travel journal from my trip to Athens in November… it was the best week last year. I'll definitely do one on my next trip.

  6. this is probably the most inspiring art channel i have come across, i love your voice, work and the aesthetic of your videos

  7. what a wholesome person omfg, how blessed are we all to watch her draw and listen to her reading a diary entry x

  8. Loved your way of seeing things in a travel and transferring into the journal. There is a YouTuber called Cathy Johnson, she also makes travel journals. I highly recommend you check her out, her sketchbooks are unbelievable.

  9. Happy belated birthday Minnie! I've been feeling under the weather recently and your video came at the right time ❤

  10. Happy late birthday!
    I would love to hear more excerpts from your travels! I love your first writing style, and it makes me want to keep notes in my phone to look back too!

  11. -do you get any bleedthrough or ghosting in your sketchbook? i was thinking that if it doesn't bleed or ghost, it would make a great journal to write in 🙂

  12. I just love your voice. When you were reading your first journal entry in the video, I just closed my eyes and listened. You're so calming!

  13. What is that Yellow pen kind of a thing that you use to sketch the cars? And Please tell me the difference between Gouache and Poster Colors.

  14. Love this channel and this video, of course. I also do some times such spreads in my scrapbook, but without drawings. I would like to get one of traveling journals as well:) Thanks

  15. This is exactly the advice I needed – since I am going on a trip soon. Thank you for your inspiring videos!

  16. Happy birthday!! i was in a rut until i saw this. immediately wanted to paint and draw. thank you!!!

  17. I wait for the upload of your videos with such an excitement … you are a perfect artist and youtuber !!!

  18. This is going to sound odd, but you have beautiful hands!

    Your videos are awesome. Im glad you've been talking about travel journals, never done one and have been interested in making one

  19. Thank you so much for inspiring me, Minnie. I am already practicing drawing houses and stuff for making a travel journal this summer. (Even though we are not going anywhere special, lol) Have a nice day!

  20. Aww a Captain's log? that's such a great thing to do with kids to get them engaged and interested in everything you do on holidays. definitely something to remember if I ever become a parent

  21. I love your compositions!
    Thanks for all the tips. I adore travel journals & always keep all the tickets, names & foods I go about. Recollecting is just so much fun!

  22. Happy late bday! or.. feliz cumpleaños! 😀 I know you went to Mexico, I live in that country so I wanted to know which places you visited and which places you didn´t but wanted to visit. Thanks!

  23. thank u for making lovely and inspiring content!! I could watch ur videos forever!! I've been in a slump with my sketchbook so thank u for inspiring me to experiment with a travel journal/sketchbook 💗💗💗 also ur videos and voice are very calming so thank u for that as well ahaha!

  24. You seem to draw depending heavily on memory, do you have tips for people that have aphantasia or faulty memory?

  25. That intro though! Holy moly I love it!
    Great video as usual Minnie, very inspiring for a fellow artist such as myself.
    I always say it but I love your voice 🙂

  26. I'm in Rhodes Greece on holiday right now , watching this before breakfast 😆❤️ amazing video, as usual 💕xx

  27. your handwriting is beautiful, i would love if you included some handwriting tips in a video sometime as it really adds something to the page!

  28. Such a great idea and I love that your mom had you all doing this that's beautiful!! 💜💙💚

  29. when you read out your diary entry i literally got lost in your voice – you're so well spoken! feel like you should do audiobook readings or something haha

  30. Minnie Ive got a question for you, and if you dont get around to answering it I hope someone in the comment section could give me some advice.
    The thing is that I feel like I am a slow painter (I emphasize "feel like" because I can't say that there is a set time frame that you are supposed to fit in as an artist). It takes me several days to create something that Im happy with, and I will experience several moments of frustration and almost give up before I finally complete a piece. This happens to me with every single piece.
    When trying to practice speed drawings and challeging my self to paint quicker I litteraly end up with a 5 year olds drawings that are too embarrasing to share (not exaggerating at all).
    Do you think this has to do with my skill and that I simply need to keep practicing in order to improve my muscle memory or is it simply just that everyone works at his or her own pace? I have been struggeling for as long as I can remember and no matter how much I practice I cant seem to nail the colors, shadows, proportions from the 4th or 5th or 20th try, I have to keep trying over and over until finally getting it right which often takes the joy out of the process.
    Any advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  31. Does gouache bleed through a moleskin sketchbook? Also does watercolor bleed through a moleskin sketchbook?

  32. I'd love to see a video on finding your art style – and also a video on how you were self-taught, who inspires you etc.! Love your channel ❤

  33. Your channel is really inspiring! I've been in a bit of an artist's block so it has really been helping me get my creative juices flowing again. 🙂

  34. wow, you are sooo good at drawing builtdings. ♥♥♥ you are awsome!! i love your channel!! sooo inspiring and helpful!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you are the BEST!! ♥

  35. Your style is great, very inspirational! I definitely see how making art about a trip or something helps memories. I always like to keep things that will remind me of a great time I had. Even if it's a specific song that I will listen to during that time, afterwards it would remind of the time.

  36. normally british accents kinda remind me of how shitty humans can be, especially the very articulate well enunciated ones. but you, you broke the accent mold for me…. the format you use has bin abit of a schtick, most of the time. with no audio id assume you would be obnoxious cus of judging things based on other things, but this breaks the format mold. basically i think you are neat. thanks for being cool!

  37. just came across your channel and am loving it!!! so beautiful and inspiring. you have created so much impact with your illustration and story

  38. Thank you for the inspirational tips! I was looking for some travel journal guidance and your ideas and modelling help so much. As always, I adore your non-judgmental attitude around how to personalize our work. It gives an added bit of "permission" to express ourselves in whatever way suits us, if that makes sense. 💖💖💖

  39. This video is just what I needed lol. I got inspired by you to make my own travel journal! I'm drying plants to put into the journal as well. Thank you!! 😁

  40. Ive been using Pitt Artist Pens for about 7 years now and they are fantastic to use the colours are great too but just a heads up to anyone thinking of using them I have found that the artworks fade after a couple of years I live in Australia and the lighting is extreme but have found that artworks Ive created using these pens do fade after time.

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