Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lord Howe Island Travel Diary - DONE!

Here are some photos of my completed travel diary that I wrote about in a previous post.  The diary is a memento of my recent week at Lord Howe Island, and contains my daily diary entries, likes and dislikes, bird and plant sightings, as well as gelli plate prints and photographs.

There's nothing 'scrapbook' pretty about my travel diaries, just a practical simple approach that reflects my no fuss approach to my art practice.

My journal started as a blank pre-made recycled book.

Every night I wrote in my journal, spacing the entries with
blank pages to fill with photos and other items afterwards.
I get my photos printed at Officeworks as 'collage' photos,
so that the photos are half the usual size.

I added information about birds that I saw on the island,
using snippets of flyers and brochures.

On the left, my artwork (a gelli plate print) ;
on the right a bought card
featuring the artwork of an island resident.
Other people's artwork provides another viewpoint
of the locations visited.

On the left, a photo collage of the boys BBQing,
and on the right, a gelli plate print on a used tea bag
overlaid on a photo of a sunset.  The tea bag
is only glued at the top, so can be lifted to reveal
the photo underneath.

My 'likes' and 'dislikes' page that I always
have in my travel diary, compiled during the trip.
I find this type of list is great a summary of the trip,
and there are always more 'likes' than 'dislikes'!

With some photos, I used the embellishing tools available
at the Officeworks photo kiosk to give different effects -
for example washouts, sepia, intensity.
This helps give more variety and fun to the images.

Pockets in my journals are handy to store bulky
items that I don't want to stick in.

A collage of photos and brochure information about
Heart Urchins, which I found on the beach.
Including both information and photos gives depth
to the recording of my experiences.


  1. Love your journal! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lots of inspiration there Sandra....I can really see you have a great 'balance of self'. Or so it appears!!!! Yes 'loud' can be a bit off-putting (no matter what the age) especially when you're in such a beautiful, natural environment. I guess we all need to be reminded to sit still, feel and experience. Bravo Sandra...'cos you've done just that! See you soon. Ciao, Robyn

  3. Love your idea and how you have gone about translating it to your travel diary. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

  4. This is lovely & will be a great resource - recording the plants with your Gelli plate is a good idea.