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June 29, 2007

It’s Friday…

Filed under: Journaling, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:17 am

Good morning readers.

The weather man is promising cooler temperatures in the coming days. Our grass has started to grow again since we got some rain and I haven’t seen the lawn boy in two weeks which means I may have to mow the lawn myself. Thank goodness we’ll have cooler weather soon. :o

Remember a post last week where I talked about liking to read published journals and sketchbooks? Well I thought we might revist the subject of sketchbooks a bit this morning.

What got me thinking about the was I was contemplating the travel journal challenge that we have going on over on the forum. I was wondering if I don’t travel anywhere this summer can I still create a travel journal? Hmmm…

I think sketchbooks and journals are great tools for any artist no matter what your medium is. They’ve been called idea books, daybooks, visual journals….The bottom line is that they are great places to jot down ideas, sketch out concepts, keep contact information of people you meet or places you’ve been.

Here are a few sites of note on sketching as well as examples of artist’s sketchbooks…

An interesting analogy about sketching over on the Wet Canvas site.

Another interesting post on using your sketchbook.

Artist John Copeland has a bunch of his books posted on his site.

Illustrator Jon Keegan show off his daily sketchbooks.

Check out Tracy Moore’s unique journals. Also check his wife Teesha’s journal pages.

I’ve given you alot of inspiring stuff to look at this morning so go forth and surf. Oh, and don’t forget to carry your sketchbook with you to jot down all those cool ideas you’re going to get after seeing those sites.

Have a creative day!

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June 23, 2007

Saturday morning musings and the pitiful journaler…

Filed under: Inspiration, Journaling, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:50 am

Good morning readers.

It’s been an absolutely beautiful the past couple of days here in the suburbs of Va. Beach. Lots of sunshine and breezes. It looks like today is going to be another one. This week has flown by. I can’t believe it’s Saturday already and there is only one week left in the month.

I appreciate the great response I’ve had to my new Flush Mount Album Guide. I’m surprised at how many people ordered the printed copy in lieu of the downloadable one.

Of note this morning…

If you’re looking for a unique way of opening your journals, check this cool book clasp out. The clasp reminds me of something you would see in the notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci. There’s a video showing how it works. Pretty cool!

Speaking of notebooks…I admit it. I am a voyeur. I love to look at other people’s notebooks, sketchbooks and journals. Only if they are published or I am invited too. :o

I have to also admit that as much as I love looking at OPJ (other people’s journals) I am pretty bad about keeping one myself. It’s not that I don’t have the desire or plenty of journals to create in. I have boxes off them. I’m just not good at being consistent about it. Plus my quest to find or make the perfect size journal is an ongoing mission which seems will never be completed. Anyone else have that problem? it’s the same with bags. It seems I’ll never find the perfect bag but that’s another story all together.

If you are interested in keeping a visual journal like Leonardo did so many years ago, here are a few links to get your creative juices going.

Roz Works is the website of artist Roslyn Stendahl. Check out the “Fun” link on her site for some cools photos of pages from her journals

I love Cathy Johnson’s books on nature journaling. Her site has some great stuff on it as well.

This page on Kay Porterfield’s site page has some great information as well as links to other resources on journaling.

If you are a fan of the mighty Moleskine notebook, You will enjoy perusing the Moleskine Art site. It is very visual with lots of information and links to galleries of art work done in them.

Now off surfing you go…

Till next time.

Have a great day.

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