I am writing more in my journal,
so it has become less of a strict art journal and back to my
everything journal but with watercolors throughout!
From college forward, I wrote and sketched all the time.
First in my cheap Chinese red and kraft-paper lined journals,
then later in my perfect Okina or Cadic journals (above, and it has pockets too!)
Architectural design ideas, classes, my zen studies, all things of interest,
and angry rants about baaaad boyfriends!
For the first years as I learned about watercolors,
my watercolor journals were all about the images.
Now I am comfortable with watercolor and with ink painting,
and am again using my art journal as my writing journal —
I want everything in one place, somewhat chronologically.
It changed what I feel I can share…
I have to make decisions about sharing everything —
which I would do if I was not still doing business with clients who may find me here…
It is always in thee back of my mind, not when I am writing —
I write everything I want to write — but when I think about sharing —
especially when some of my issues may be client issues!
It is hard for me to do a flip-through now!
One of the things I find myself doing these days is creating “blank” pages
from doodles or bits of a virtual sketchwalk or a lovely memory and
going back and picking them when I am ready to write.
This means the journal is not linear… exactly. But is is within a few weeks.
I have questions:
Is a true time line important to you?
Are you meticulous about the date/time stamp?
Do many of your use your art in a writing journals,
(Hobonichi or Travelers, and so art goes over the dot or graph grids)
or write in your blank art journals,
(Hahnemühle or blank Archer & Olive)?
Or, do you keep a separate writing journal?
Is it a secret? Like a diary?
Does it have a lock? Do you hide it?
How would you feel if a family member or close friend read it?
How to get going?
How not to feel like a failure if you don’t write daily?
Issues around journaling itself?
How to grease the writing wheel… be ready to go when the mood strikes?
What to write about?
I would love your feedback!
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook,
Note: now you can get Super5 inks in the states from Blue Rooster:
Support them so we always have it, as Amazon comes and goes!
Noodler’s Lexington Grey Ink in Pentel Aquash waterbrushes,
TWSBI Eco 1.1 with J.Herbin Rose Cyclamen ink,
TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Green at Night ink,
TWSBI Eco 1.1 with Robert Oster Australian Sky Blue,
Edison Nouveau 1.1 stub nib with KWZ Grapefruit ink,
Diplomat Aero with Robert Oster Fire Engine Red ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Robert Oster Jade ink,
Lamy Al-Star with Robert Oster Graphite,
Lamy Al-Star with Pilot Yama-Budo,
Lamy Al-Star with Pilot Asa-Gao,
Jinhao 750 with JoWo nib and Super5 Darmstadt ink,
FPR Himalayan with Birmingham Tarnished Nickel ink,
FPR Himalayan with Robert Oster Melon Tea.
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