Journaling One-liners

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Hi everyone.


Trips we take become part of our stories and lives, so, on this occasion, we are going to make a map of one trip you took in the past.


This is an artistic moment only for you. Enjoy the moment, be present, and remember that there is no right or wrong way of doing art. Be yourself!


The material you will need is:


  • Pencil
  • Paper or journal page
  • Waterproof pen
  • Watercolors or markers


This exercise distills our stories to the simplest form and allows us to wonder in our recollections. Is about reducing a trip down to one line, even if it wasn’t that simple in reality.



  1. Place your pencil on a journal page or piece of paper.
  2. Without thinking too much, draw a line of your trip from one end of the page to the other, moving your hand according to how it felt to take that trip, not necessarily how it reads on the map. For example, my last trip felt flat and straight for most of the way, with a complex beginning and ending to the trip, so those areas have more detail. There were parts uneventful, apart from a friend's company and a great audiobook. 
  3. Using a waterproof pen, make notes of events, sightings, stops, observations, and weather. Add details and color with watercolors or markers.   



We would love to see your creations and your thoughts after the exercise. If you feel like it, share it with us in the community!



Berry, Jill. K. McNeilly Linden. Map Art Lab: 52 exciting art explorations in mapmaking, imagination, and travel. Quarry Books. The United States. 2014.


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