My favorite WRITING journals?
Personal preferences, and you should try several to find yours.
I like grids or dots best, or blank.
Must take fountain pens… though some bleed can be tolerated — I use fat juicy pens!
I want it big enough to write a lot in, but not too big.
MUST. LAY. FLAT.
I like bound journals, but not essential.
I like a pockets in a journal, though I can add my own.
I like sturdy closures of some sort.
These red/grey/black Cadic or Okina journals
(above and at the end of Daily Journal, 2) are still my favorite journals.
After trying out several new journals I am going back to them once
I get through some of the others I have bought.
Their size is a bit bigger than the 5×8 (A5 in a Dingbat above) — 7×10 (a true B5).
OE or OKINA NOTEBOOKS (also known as CADIC) can be bought at WetPaint.
Flax may carry them in-store, or contact Bud Felson 505-310-3746
I’ve tried a few journals this year, and other than my
Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook and Hahnemühle Watercolour Journal,
I’ve only found a couple that meet even half my needs.
I’ve enjoyed Dingbat Journals, but like the little bit bigger size of a true B5.
If I was not going back to Cadic I’d buy more of them.
I wish they had a few more nice colors, but I love that they are environmentally friendly.
And while Archer and Olive makes a beautiful journal, they are just not my cup of tea.
I am using the ones I have for special projects…
I think finding a journal you like is important,
may not be able to be put into words.
Get over that “i’m-not-worthy” feeling of
having a beautiful or wonderful journal
and you don’t have the right or best words to put in it…
What do I do if I start a journal and HATE it?
I repurpose it. I do not ruin my writing for several months with the dang thing.
I mean more to me than that.
Sometimes it goes into our finish room or some such place for note-taking
(minus my person pages!)
WHERE do I journal?
I like a good spot to journal…
wow my mind immediately
went to the ocean. But then it would, beachgurl that I am!
Most times it is in bed before
the day starts, or at its end.
Fewer chance of interruptions.
If I am not moved to journal, which is rare, I do it anyway.
I take 15 minutes at beginning
and end of the day and give it a go.
I have a Post-it list of things
to write about at the back but I rarely use it. I also like to have a clean creative place to journal — and so my painting desk is often a journaling spot in our studio, but…
Never ever at my business desk. Too distracting.
I also like coffeehouses. I stay away from bakeries, too tempting.
Also, if I go to a coffee house or travel that is the only time my journal
leaves my home… I really don’t want to lose it.
That is just me. Toooooo much information in that journal.
You feeling like yours might be read?
I’m not talking about a kid,
or if you live with roommates and peeps come and go.
By all means, in those cases, lock it up.
But I know if I had to worry about my mate not respecting my privacy
I’d have to take another look at my mate!
I personally (not saying you have to be this way) don’t care if Mitchell reads mine
but if I asked him not to he would not… trust is important in mates.
I think it is important that you do not have to edit what you write in your journal.
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Me… why I journal!
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