how to be an explorer of the world keri smith

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My collection of art journal type books (as of December 2016) is officially too big for a stack, they had to be laid down. 

powerpuffliz  asked:

Do you have any creative prompts for a travel journal?? I travel a lot but I always seem to get writer's block when I try to put down my experiences : /

Hello there. Of course! I love to travel, too! It’s always hard to focus on your writing when there’s so many great things to see and do. (That kind of rhymed…didn’t it?)

Here are a few prompts and suggestions I hope will help send you in the right direction: 

     Tip: Write with a pen (that doesn’t bleed through your pages.) You want to   remember everything! Don’t let your words get smudged.

  • Cut out pictures of your destination from a magazine. Make a collage of the places you want to visit. 
  • Make a list of the things you’re going to pack. Tape this list in your journal for future reference.
  • How was your journey? What kind of transportation did you use to get where you’re going? Write a paragraph about your experience and then draw 5 stars. Rate your experience by shading those stars in with a yellow highlighter or a gold gel pen.
  • When you’ve arrived, list 10 interesting things you’ve never seen before. Look at things that catch your eye and instantly capture your interest. Use Shutterfly , Instagram, or a regular digital camera to save these photos and print them out at a later date. 
  • 79 Travel Photography Tips you might like to read about.
  • If you take a tour, write down interesting facts or small blurbs. Take notes in the margins of your pamphlets and then tape them into your journal. 
  • Has anyone said anything inspiring on your trip? Use a voice recorder to record your favorite phrases throughout the trip. Draw a quote bubble then write down that inspiring phrase. Cite the freaking awesome person who said it before you forget. (Maybe you can use that quote to impress someone later.) 
  • Collect objects like interesting flowers, seashells, souvenir pens, etc…Stow them away in your backpack for safekeeping.

And, if journaling isn’t working out for you, you can always bring a cool scrapbook along! You can find them at any craft or dollar store near you.


Bon voyage, mon ami! :)

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ОТКРОЙ МИР ЗАНОВО и другие книги Кэри Смит.

Новая книжка любимой Кэри Смит в моей коллекции - “Открой мир заново”. Теперь, когда каждый день я гуляю не меньше трех часов, такая книга мне очень пригодится. 

Ну а я потихоньку возвращаюсь в жизнь, даже сняла сегодня видео. Очень много всяких идей накопилось, осталось только научиться распределять время, чтобы все успевать. Надеюсь, в ближайшее время я вернусь и буду чаще писать и снимать. 

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My updated collection of journal-type books as of September 2016. On the left Empty journals I am working to fill with my own art, on the right journals with prompts for art and writing. 

It’s been a year since I posted my first journal collection and that along with the 2 updates afterwards remain my most re-blogged posts! 

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Lower quality than I would have liked due to some technical difficulties, but here is my updated collection of journal-type books as of March 2016.

How To Be An Explorer Of The World


1. Always Be LOOKING (notice the ground beneath your feet.)
2. Consider Everything Alive & Animate
3. EVERYTHING Is Interesting. Look Closer.
4. Alter Your Course Often.
5. Observe For Long Durations (and short ones).
6. Notice The Stories Going On Around You.
7. Notice PATTERNS. Make CONNECTIONS.
8. DOCUMENT Your Findings (field notes) In A Variety Of Ways.
9. Incorporate Indeterminacy.
10. Observe Movement.
11. Create a Personal DIALOGUE With Your Environment. Talk to it.
12. Trace Things Back to Their ORIGINS.
13. Use ALL of the Senses In Your Investigations.


Keri Smith, How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum