Vacation without travel journal? This wouldn’t work for me…the type could change…I am relatively adventurous…my focus is on documenting, without waiting to much and having the memories fading away already. This year, I wanted to sketch and watercolor….and create the binding at home. Who knows how many pages I do not like and discard…
Sketching and watercoloring fits perfectly to our type of vacation: cycling around Lake Vättern in Sweden, as my additional luggage could be kept small: some pens, watercolor paper and watercolors. For my last travel journal about our trip to Japan I took much more with me. When we started to Sweden, I did not have a proper set of watercolors yet, having the full color spectrum, thus, I took the watercolor pencils I had since I was a teenager.
Originally, I wanted to ring-bind the pages of my journal. My Cinch, the binding machine, needs to be used every now and then…but I did not have the heart to punch the finished pages. While drawing I forgot every now and then to keep some space for the punching and did not want to punch through either the drawing or the text. Then, I rather used SnapPap (vegan leather). Currently, there is this slight hype about this washable paper…I love it since the Crop into May. To fix the pages to one another, I used thin v-shaped stripes and glued them. Gluing SnapPap is not that easy…my adhesive roller and my double-sided adhesive tape did not work sufficiently…but liquid glue did the job. I used Tacky Glue, but I guess standard wood glue would also work.
Generally speaking, I love the outcome of my drawing and watercoloring. In the end I only had discarded one page. thought it would have been more. Ok, I do not like my pages equally but I love that you could also see the learning within them…the first are more simple from the drawing and the coloring persepctive. On the collages underneath this text you could see the individual pags and also the photo which I used to portray. Of course, I could have drawn and colored directly on-site, but there I was not calm enough as we still had some distance to cycle and we wanted to arrive. hence, I was sitting in the evening in or in front of our stugor, the Swedish camping cabins, and relaxed while drawing.
How do you keep you vacation memories? Do you document, scrap or draw directly during the vacation or later back at home?