I'm journalling away after a short hiatus. Got a new moleksine from my cousing Alex in the mail...and it was my favorite one, the small purple labelled one! It will be moleskine #9 (of this type). I have some larger moleskines, but this always seems to be my fave. I'm SO happy that it's summer and I have some time to re-group and do what is most important to me: work in my journal, notice the little things, relish in the ordinary miracles of everyday life. Have you started your summer journal yet? xoxo Lia
This particular spread is in a book. I love using old books for journals. This one has been quite durable...and sometimes I glue a few pages together to make them stronger. I used to gesso the pages first...but now I just paint directly in them. ONe thing I also like to do is use up leftover paint from another project and just randomly paint some pages, sit the book up like a fan and write/glue things inside the next time. We've been snowed in, so I'm loving this extra art time I haven't had as of late! It doesn't take long to fill up these books when you work in them daily! Will try to post more pics soon! xo lia
I am so absolutely thrilled that the very artist that inspired me to start journaling several years ago, has now released a line of journals, cards, etc. available through papayaart.com. Below is my first journal from her collection. (There are many more styles available). I so wanted to share this with you all as I'm so excited about it and I know many of you are fans of Sabrina's work as well. The journals are very durable as well, with thick paper. I really think the price is very reasonable as well!
I look forward to filling this new journal with my intentions, words, and art.
I know I haven't updated in a while for I have been here and there and everywhere all summer long! I will be updating more regularly starting September. Hope you all are having a fantastic and inspiring summer. Keep journaling your dreams! They may just come true! They have for me, in many ways, shapes and forms this summer, and this was one of them. :) xoxo lia
Have you started your journal yet? What are you waiting for? It doesn't have to be perfect! Make a mess! It's ok! It's your journal! You can paint over it later! If you started your journal and want to share your pages, please join the journal junk photo group on flickr. www.flickr.com/groups/journaljunk .
Here are mine: 1. A journal is a safe place to experiment without worrying about the end result. 2. A journal is a nice container of memories, ideas, etc all in one place. 3. A journal is portable art. You can take it everywhere. 4. A journal can be private or public. You can decide whatever you want your journal to be. 5. There are no "rights" or "wrongs" in journaling. 6. It doesn't cost much. 7. It can't talk back to you...but it can teach you alot!
Have you started your new journal yet? What are you waiting for???
Here are your answers to emails regarding Moleskines. (please note, these answers are only my opinion and experience, I am not a "moleskine" expert!) Please check moleskine (dot) com for thorough info. on Moleskine sketchbook and journals.
Question: What is a Moleskine?
A Moleskine (which I am told is pronounced "Mole skeen" is a brand of a sketchbook. It comes in different sizes. I use the one with the purple label that is approximately 4 x 5 ish. I have written more posts on my artjunk blog about Moleskines. Please check the moleskine category there for more info. I may be repeating some answers here for those that are interested in the journaljunk blog only.
Question: Do your moleskine pages buckle and get thick after painting, etc?
YES. They most certainly do. That's probably why I like the strap so much...it still keeps it together. I don't get obsessed about things being perfect or archival in my art journal. That defeats the purpose for me. I look at my art journal as a place to try things without worrying about such things. I often sketch out new projects and try new media (like watercolor crayons, etc.) inside. There is so much available out there and I get bored with the same things. I like having a place to work all that out. Moleskine pages are nice and smooth and durable. They can take a beating! Yes, the spine does buckle, but I don't rip out any pages, I just paint over them. This is a good way to ensure it does not fall apart at the seams..literally...
Question: Do you gesso your pages first?
No. I think the pages are thick enough and take the paint just fine.
Question: Do you worry about using copyright images?
No, this is my own personal journal. I don't think a magazine company is going to come after a person that posts pics on flickr of their journal that happens to have some magazine clippings mixed with paint and angst inside. I am not selling my journal or submitting it for publication. It's just for me. The point of sharing them is to inspire others as I've found it to be a very relaxing activity. I try to encourage others to art journal including members in my own family.
Question: Do you go in chronological order.
I will work in a journal from beginning to end, but I do flip back and fill in empty spaces from time to time. I've also gone back and painted over a journal entry. So, I guess the answer is yes and no!
If you have any other questions, feel free to email me: artjunk88 (at) gmail.com.
have you started your art journal yet? alot can happen in a year...why not record it with color, scribblings and whatever you want...all in the privacy of your very own journal. It's fun to look back and see what's inside. visit the journal junk flickr group and other art journal groups on flickr for more inspiration! Happy Holidays from Journal Junk!!!