Globe painting

Dear Fellow Journalers,

This post is a departure for me (hey, I just made a travel joke!) Anyway, this is an article from Hallmark’s blog “Think. Make. Share.” It was posted on January 11, 2017 and is about globe painting. This is something we craft journalers could really get into.

Enjoy,

~Sallie

If you love to travel as much as we do, a map of the world can be inspiring in more ways than one. Senior Designer Laura E. loves to pack up her suitcase and go exploring—and when she’s at home, she loves tracking down and painting desktop globes. Below, she shares tips and tricks for creating vintage globes into your own personal works of art.

I would live on the road if I could. But since that’s not really an option, I can at least surround myself with travel icons—like maps and globes—that inspire my wandering spirit.

I wanted to share my hobby, so I gathered some globes and invited some artist friends. I couldn’t wait to see how they would transform their thrift store finds.

SUPPLIES:

  • Globe (find them in thrift stores, at flea markets or on Ebay)
  • Dish soap or mild cleaning solution
  • Krud Kutter
  • Paint (spray, acrylic—whatever you’re most comfortable with)
  • Brushes
  • Liquid paint pens (for small details and lettering)

A painted globe makes a great accent piece for any room of your home. And this can be a really affordable project: I scoured thrift stores and vintage markets around KC, scooping up old globes for $20 or less.

To ensure your paint adheres well, you’ll want to give your globe a good cleaning—who knows what kind of dirt and grime it’s picked up over the years? Simple soap and water typically works, although any kind of grease build-up might require a stronger cleaner. Let it dry completely before you get started.

There are so many options for designs:

  • Add words, designs or patterns to the maps of continents and countries. Highlight the places you’ve gone—or dream of traveling to. Capture the climate, landscape or spirit of a place. Or just fill an outline with icons or images you love.
  • Repaint it to match your color scheme.
  • Treat the globe as a spherical canvas and add a favorite travel quote.

Maybe, like Sara C., you’ll want the stand to be a different color. Most globes can be removed from their stands, so it’s easy to spray paint them with regular high gloss spray paint from the hardware or craft store.

You could paint your entire globe a single color first like Lynn G. did here, and then add details, or you might want to paint portions of your globe different colors. (The stand makes a convenient, built-in easel.)

Livy L. used the existing outlines as a starting point, and added a sweet succulent pattern inside the continents. Sam L. layered a background, patterns and a phrase for her lettering solution.

The results: Fabulous painted globes of all sizes, perfect for any room or office space. Bet yours will be just as awesome—have fun coloring your world!

What’s your favorite travel-inspired art project? Have you painted a globe, decorated a map, decoupaged a suitcase? Share your creations with us on Instagram @think.make.share or on our Facebook page.

 

The usual tips with a twist

Dear Fellow Journalers,

Ok, I know I usually write tips on how to write these different types of journals and so this one is no different. First you have to decide if you will want to remember your trip 5,10 or 15 years from now. I suppose if your trip was to commemorate a special occasion such as a trip to California to see your grandchild graduate or maybe it was your ____ anniversary , then you definitely want to remember those journeys.

What do you want to include?

a. Your route (plotted on a map), People, (photos are best with names) and “top” moments (best sunset, view, meal).

b. Don’t include everything – leave some things out. Why? As you look back over the journal and memories come flooding back, you will inevitably remember something you didn’t write about!

c. Write about your senses. (tastes, smell)

d. Pictures (postcards are nice)

E. Ticket stubs, newspaper articles.

F.Write how you talk.

G. Did you have a bad time, anywhere?

H. Did you get lost or sick?

I. Did you miss your flight and have to spend the night in the airport?

J. Do you need to buy a bigger suitcase?

~Sallie

Writing while traveling

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“You don’t have to be traveling to write a travel journal.” A wise friend told me a few days ago. I was lamenting the fact that we weren’t planning a grand trip anywhere. We were just thinking about a mid-summer jaunt north. “So,” she said, “why not write about that dream, those plans…” I hadn’t realized that I could do that. I mean, I could write about our trip BEFORE we actually set off. Come to think of it, I could even post- journal! Ok, here we go…

Journaling about plans sounds awfully dull, though doesn’t it? I thought I’d take some time and write the why’s, how’s and expectations of our journey instead. That sounds more interesting, doesn’t it? So, I got out a nifty book and began to write. I found out that journaling this way set me up for a new adventure to write about.

During our trip, I wrote every day, although not in the strictest sense. I wrote while waiting for a meal in a restaurant, before we turned out the lights for the night, waiting for the fish to bite. I wrote about the places we went, the people we met, what different food we ate (how it smelled, different tastes and the name and address of the restaurants – in case we wanted to visit again!

After we came back, I wrote in a special section of the journal, about how I felt to be home again. Did the familiar surroundings look different? Have you ever visited your old school and marveled that the desks look so small? How did I feel about the places we visited and the people we met? Would I go again?

‘Til then,

~Sallie

Why write a Travel Journal?

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys. The outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, doing etc. The inner journey is what’s happening in your mind. Great travel journals weave the two journeys together.”  David Fox

I was going to start this month’s blog posts with the simple “the journey begins with the first step” but after reading the above, I realized that this type of journal means so much more than a flippant “remark” everyone has heard before. We’ve all taken journeys, haven’t we? Some of us took journeys to other states for family vacations or to attend college. Some of us have traveled abroad for business or pleasure. How many of us have souvenirs of those trips? How many of us have written a diary of that trip?

I wish I’d kept notes from my first trip to view colleges in states far from my own. If pressed, I could recall the different sights and sounds of life being lived in Maine or Virginia. I can remember how cold it was one winter in Minnesota and walking above a sidewalk inside a mall!

Far too often, I feel, we grab a passport, pack a bag and  after checking off the hundreds of tiny details to close up a home (temporarily) leave without a thought to writing anything down while on our fabulous trip.

So, this summer I propose a challenge in writing our travel journal. I know you’re thinking why do I want to do this? Your future self will thank you. Next week I’ll share some thoughts on how to create the journal as you travel.

‘Til next time,

~Sallie

Travel Journal

Dear Fellow Journalers,

“Every trip consists of two simultaneous journeys. The outer journey and the inner journey. The outer journey is everything external: what you’re seeing, hearing, smelling, doing etc. The inner journey is what’s happening in your mind. Great travel journals weave these two journeys together.”  Dave Fox

I was going to start this month’s blog posts with the simple, tried and true statement: ” The journey starts with the first step.” But after reading the above quote, I realized that this type of journal means so much more than a trite statement we all have heard a hundred times or more. We’ve all taken journeys haven’t we? Some of us took journeys to different states for family vacations or to attend college. Some of us have traveled abroad for business or pleasure. How many of us have souvenirs of those trips? How many of us have written “diaries” of those trips?

I wish I’d kept notes from my first trip to view colleges in states far from my own. If pressed I could recall the different sights and sounds of life being lived in Maine or Virginia. I can remember how cold it was one winter in Minnesota and walking on a sidewalk ABOVE the street in a Mall.

Far too often, I feel, we grab our passport, pack a bag and after checking off the hundreds of tiny details to close up our homes (temporarily ) we leave without a thought to writing anything down while on our fabulous trip. So, this summer, I propose we write a travel journal. I know you’re thinking why do I want to do this? Your future self will thank you. Next week I’ll share some thoughts on how to create the journal as you travel.

‘Til then, (I was going to end with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, theme song “Happy Trails to you” but again, we’ve heard that before too!)

Sallie

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