So I'm back at uni now. Dissertations and projects ahoy! But this big ol' chubby journal sits there in the corner all red and bright and "write in me, draw in me, you know you want to" - so I did. I hope I can keep it going throughout the next few months, it might be one of the only things that keeps me sane.
( Here we go! )
Oh, also, my Moleskine goody-bag giveaway is still going on and will be 'til the 22nd. Free stuff! \o/
Hope you enjoyed looking :)
Hello! The last picture-posting I did here was during my last journal. I've decided to give Moleskines a go for both my sketchbook and Embodiment project this time - I really love them, but the paper in my Embodiment one (a notebook, I think?) is a little too thin for me so I may go for the sketchbook next time. I cake my journal full of arty stuff no matter what type of journal I have - I really love the feel of a worked-in page.
( 13 images, unlucky for some )
If you're interested in seeing my past stuff, my Flickr gallery is here, with over 170 photos of journal prawn.
Don't worry, I've not hijacked the comm - I used to be under thesynchronomes with a few other people, now I've moved to another account. I've been pretty bad at the journalling thing recently ... funnily enough it's because I've just been so busy. To kick myself back into gear again and get the ol' creative juices flowing, I've thought maybe I'll post up some of my favourite places on the 'net to draw inspiration from soon. :)
Also, what say you to a new friending meme? The last one is about 18 months old. O.O
Hope you're all well!
tarnished's posts recently and gift of a lovely orange pen have gotten me to open up my neglected journal again and see what I can do with it. After one very frustrated, disjointed entry on Sunday evening, I decided yesterday before picking up my journal again to skim through Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits again to see if there was any wisdom I could take back to my journal.
When I picked it up from my bookshelf, I found many post-its of very helpful passages, then proceeded to re-read most of it. That night, I spent an hour with my journal and wrote about six pages, the most I've written in at least a month. I'm ready to write again this afternoon and try and finish some of the soul-searching I started. It surprised me how helpful reading a book on writing in a journal was, and I was curious if anyone else here had any recommendations for things to read on the subject. When you are stuck in a rut with your journal, do you turn to a specific book to help? Do you have any book recommendations on journalling, or perhaps writing in general? Or do you never have the problem of being dissatisfied with your journalling practices? :P
Here are some ideas!
- Do a title page - write out some fancy letters, outline them, put some subtle shadowing on the letters (shadows make everything look better). Write "This is the best journal EVER" then sign your name in your most fanciest way and write the date.
- Draw a flower in the middle of the page. Put a border on it. Write the name of the flower and jot your thoughts about how it makes you feel.
- Write in big colorful letters TODAY I... and then finish the sentence in as many bullet points as you can think of!
- Tape in a newspaper article from today!
- Draw the first thing you see in front of you, and then ink it with your favorite pen.
How do you conquer the blank page (or even worse, the first blank page of a blank journal!)?
I have two journals - one is the ubiquitous 5-year journal that I've written in every day for a year and a half. It's fairly small, but what's particularly tiny about it is that you only have about 5 lines or so to write your daily entry, which means you have to be concise. I also have my drawing journal, which is roughly 5 inches by 9 inches or something.
I bought a 3.5 inches by 5 inches journal the other day because my 5x9 one is too large.
Big is intimidating - small means you can only do one drawing per page, which means you turn pages frequently and feel more accomplished, and you can hide previous drawings easily. Small means cheaper usually, which means you don't feel as bad tearing pages out. Small means small, so you can take it everywhere and you don't have so much whitespace to fill up on each page.
I used to always scoff at pocket-sized books. You can't even fit anything! They were silly! They don't even fit in your pocket! They don't come with as pretty covers! Then I looked at my stack of mostly-empty huge sketchbooks, thick large journals, regular-sized Moleskines, and so on. Half of them were enormous, and almost all of them were mostly empty.
Now I'm a fan of tiny books. They're so much easier to fill up! I can take them anywhere, which means now I have no excuse not to draw. In Japan, little cards that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches are popular (artist trading cards) - I'm not the only one downsizing!
What do you guys think? What size do you usually use when you journal?
I found more of them on ebay in this auction.
For anyone who likes lined hardcover blank books, these are very nice: recycled paper, bound to lie flat for writing. And if you like the graphic on the cover, you're all set, or you can customize it with a picture or collage you like better.
Me? I'd buy a couple, but I already have four!
There are undoubtedly some fabulous deals to be had in notebooks, pens, inks, and other articles dear to the writer's heart. I'm especially going to miss the ink sampler, four tiny bottles of your choices of inks, so you could try before you buy. The small bottles are wonderful for mixing your own colors, or for decanting small amounts of ink to fill a pen. Not dipping the pen directly into the bottle reduces contamination and spoilage, and the narrow bottle raises the level of liquid over the nib for easier filling. I have four of the wee bottles already; I need to pick colors for a couple more samplers before October 1.
Two of the pictures were cut from an art catalog—photos of prints for sale. The copper tree was taken from a greeting card, and the collage from a handmade greeting card. The new additions go well enough with the purple I never felt inclined to change the color—each book is distinctive now, with its own evocative cover. ( image heavy )
crossposted to my lj, my DW, embodiment at lj, paper journals, my tumblr. apologies for the spammage
So, what do you do? I guess I'm really asking what information you begin each journal entry with - just the numerical date, the full date or even more detail?
Thanks for indulging my tedious questioning.