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. 

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Yehey! I am happy to have these Keri Smith books :) Let’s talk about it one by one.


1. How to be an explorer of the world- “At any given moment, no matter where you are, there are hundreds of things around you that are interesting and worth documenting”. Well, prompts here are basically to pay attention to the world around you, focus on the details, document what you observe and make unanimated objects animated. Because as an explorer, everything is interesting.

2. Imaginary world of (your name)- “What kind of world would you like to inhabit?” The best thing about this book is somehow you will escape the cruel world you are into right now. It contains ideas on how you would like to create your own imaginary world. All the details about your world will be coming from you, so be creative. Let your imaginary world be real with this book.

3. Finish this Book- “Your mission is to become the new author of this work” This book will let you do things that will actually complete the works inside. You will be a detective somehow. And please, you should not tell anyone what this book is keeping (not unless you are instructed to do so)

4. The pocket scavenger- “How many different shaped leaves can you find? How many blue things? A piece of red string? What would you do with them?” This book contains list of things that would involve you in a mini adventure. All you have to do is to be mindful to the things beneath your feet. After finding the treasure that you find on your own adventure, you have to flip the book and use the chance to know what you will do with that treasure you are holding. Again, be creative, it is open for interpretation.

5. Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes- “This book asks you to do the opposite of what you have been taught.” Are you ready to break the rules? Are you ready to make mistakes? Are you ready to overcome being a perfectionist? Well this book belongs to you. As the title suggests, you will be involved in doing tasks that is messy and try not to make something beautiful. This book will tell you that you don’t have to think too much because there is no “wrong”.

6. This is not a book- “If it’s not a book, then what exactly is it? The answer is up to you.” As the title suggests, this one is not a book. This includes prompts that will prove that this is not a book. But rather an incovenience, a friend, a language, an annoyance, a thought garden and so on.

7. Wreck this journal (original)- This version is in black and white. It will let you do things that would actually will wreck the journal.

8. Wreck this journal (now in color)- This version is now in color in celebration of its 10th anniversary. This is beautiful, this is colorful, how could you wreck something that is beautiful? That’s the challenge, how would the colors affect your wrecking experience? And oh, some original prompts are still here, some are altered, some are changed. You have to take a pledge that you will wreck this journal no matter what.

So that’s it. All thanks to the people who gave me some of the books :) Guess I will never be bored again.

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