When I shared one of my travel journal ideas of a Story-Map Journal I’d kept last year in Europe, there was a buzz of excitement and interest.
Certainly, for me, it’s been the most successful travel journal I’ve ever kept. A mere glance at any page brings my travel memories vividly, and instantly, back to life without having to wade through pages of words – which being a visual person, is bliss!
Such as the page, illustrated above, of a day in north Wales, when we drove down the coast, crossing a stone bridge, to the local auction room where we negotiated to swap a basket full of collectible wares, we’d taken with us to sell, for a very fine antique glass. Driving back around the long sandy bay via Harlech’s thirteenth century castle we had a lunch of freshly bought bread, home cured ham and home grown tomatoes, followed by some apple with blackberries we’d gathered from the hedgerow. And at tea went on to enjoy a home baked buttery fruit cake and scones with lemon and ginger tickle.
Those little visual clues can’t fail to get my mouth watering again!
However, there were many people who said –
“It’s alright for you, you can draw – I couldn’t possibly do anything like that!”
So… to dispel this myth I thought I’d do a tutorial on where to start with doodle drawings… and if at the end you realize it’s within your capabilities… I’ll write another post to show you more!
Can you draw a wavy line?
Or like below, go mad and draw three wavy lines?
How did you go?
I’d now like you to draw another row of three wavy lines.
And then, with the same fluid stroke, place the pen (or pencil) to the left or right of one of these waves and replicate the line crossing over (at some point) to land a little to the left or right at the opposite end.
You’ve now created a road to illustrate your travels between any two places.
A to B, or B to C!
Below are a couple of examples from my Story-Map travel journal where I’ve used this simple doodle drawing technique to show, rather than tell, my travelling between two places.
Including a little refreshment along the way 😉
Or in the case above, without the need for verbose explanations, it can simply be seen that Salo is situated on the edge of Lake Garda, where aperativos can be enjoyed out in the sun on the foreshore.
So, with the road down pat, we need to add the means of transportation.
Let’s create a little car…
- Draw 2 little circles (for the wheels)
- Add a dash between them, and a dash on either side of them
- Draw three semi circles that look a bit like a cloud (for the boot, the roof & the bonnet)
- A line down the middle gives the impression of a door, and a dot for the handle
- Put some tyres on the wheels, a pin head man in the front windscreen and to create a sense of movement draw a line from the roof off out to the back.
Repeat, stopping each line a little shorter than the one above it.
And hey presto ~ We’re off on a trip from Home to Work 😉
So maybe next time you’re going on a trip, you might consider this travel journal idea for portraying visually how you set off on your holiday adventure?
Or, even if you’re merely popping between neighbouring villages for a coffee on the bus
All it takes, is a couple of wavy lines crossing each other, and a few lines whooshing out the back of the vehicle, and we’re away… in every sense. 😀
So, did you manage a couple of wavy lines?
And a car?
If so, you’ll be interested in my travel journal ideas on
how to create story maps
using a variety of line types, arrows for movement and simple symbols…
Check out my series of posts —–>