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At the start of the year we talked about bullet journaling, now the summer is here we're thinking about creative travel journals.

The aim of a travel journal is to document your experiences and adventures. It doesn't have to be something for a holiday or foreign travel, you can creatively document your adventures on days out and in your local area.  It's a nice way to collect memories alongside the usual photos and there is nothing stopping a travel journal being creative and a work of art too. Here's our guide on how to create your own along with some lovely examples. 
All you need to get you started (and remember you'll be wanting to travel light so need as little as possible) is a small A5 or pocket sketchbook or journal book, a pen and pencil (we recommend a retractable pencil with a rubber on the end for travelling), watercolour paints and Washi tape are also nice.  A glue stick or similar may also come in handy.
José Naranja has for some time been creating a set of the most beautiful travel journals. His Instagram page is not only incredibly inspirational but also fascinating to follow. Definitely a page to look through before travelling for some inspiration.

As well as drawings, his journals include found objects such as stamps showing that you can collect items on your travels and use them as collage alongside painting and drawing.
José also uses Washi tape, particularly along the edge of his pages so that when the books are closed a pattern can be seen. The pages pop with colour and beautiful drawings. 

José can be found on Instagram at @jose_naranja. He also has a wonderful blog at
Megan Biffert is an Ink and Watercolour Artist.  Her Instagram page has some wonderful sketchbook works, showing that you can find and document beauty everywhere you look, whether you are on holiday, travelling or exploring somewhere close to home such as a hedgerow or a park.

You can find Megan at @hethere.chickadee on Instagram.
Phil Maltz works in Ink and Watercolour, documenting london's architecture.  We love his technique of using pen and ink alongside watercolour paintings and his chosen subject of buildings shows that you could document a whole city solely with  observations of its buildings and still create a beautiful and memorable journal. 

Phil's Instagram is @maltzcreative
Gertie van der Weiden-Glas is a self proclaimed sketch addict who creates  beautiful sketchbooks such as this. We love how she has added an extra piece of card to her book here for the tower and spire. 

@gertievanderweiden on Instagram.
Kenda Shotar is a colourful artist. Her journals pop with colour observations of swimming pools, sunglasses and this little ice cream which we adore. 

You can find Kenda on Instagram @kendarts
Fre's Instagram page is filled with pages from her wonderful travel journals. She collects little items along the way, such a receipts and tickets and uses them for collage. 

Collaging with little finds is a lovely way to remember all the different elements of a trip such as where you ate dinner and how you travelled. 

Fre's Instagram page is @la_f.r.e_
Summer is here and there is so much to see even if you aren't planning any holidays or going off on any travels. Grab a sketchbook and have a go and let our recommended artists give you a little inspiration along the way.
Each month we give away a bundle of M.Y.O gift cards in our monthly challenge on our Instagram page. 

In order to be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is:

  • Post an image of something you have made whilst getting creative with us at M.Y.O.
  • Tag us in the post
  • Use the hashtag #myomonthlychallenge

We announce and contact the winners via Instagram each month. 

How about joining us for an outdoor watercolour workshop in the lovely sunshine or get involved in printing your own tote bag at our sociable, mood-boosting workshops!

Join M.Y.O for an evening of lino printing and exploring your creative side. This 2.5 hour workshop is one of our most popular and you can choose to lino print onto fabric or make your own A4 prints.

Using a single block of A6 lino, you'll be guided through how to create multiple lino prints in a variety of colours. This workshop provides an introduction to the tools and techniques whilst experimenting with different methods for lino printing.  You'll go home with your very own print.

We will guide you through how to create your own beautiful watercolour masterpiece, including colour mixing and mark-making, before work on a main piece. You'll get lots of tips and guidance and become more confident as you work, whilst developing your own style.

The workshop takes place in the beautiful park near to the studio where we will be surrounded by trees, plants and nature for lots of inspiration. 

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That's all for now you creative legends!

from all of us in the M.Y.O Team 
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