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July 17, 2008

More musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:06 am

Good morning readers.

The other day I recieved a RAC (random act of kindness) in the mail from an Internet friend. It was a little book and was so unexpected. I was having one of “those days” and it really lifted my spirits.

Of note…

Another Moleskine hack. This one has given me some ideas for making Chameleon accessories.

Ok…is it just me? I love the idea of a Moleskine but I don’t like the paper that is in them. Paper choice is just one of the reasons that I make my own journals. That doesn’t keep me from looking at them every time I go to Borders. It’s a sickness.

I also don’t care much for small sketchbooks. I like BIG sketchbooks but they can be cumbersome to carry around. I’ve settled on a 9″x12″ as my carry around size as it fits in my canvas sack.

I am having big book envy at the moment. I watched the (not very good… but I love the painting scenes) movie Basquiat the other night (yet again) and became enamoured of the sketchbook that was being passed around the table in the restaurant scene. Anyone have a clue to the size? I’m thinking 11″x14″ or there abouts. You only get a few quick glances at it but it has a thick paper with torn/deckled edges. I cringe every time I watch it and the one character tears a page out of it. It’s hard to look away…kind of like a train wreck.

I also love the idea of passing a book around and having your friends create something in your book.

I’m also enamoured of the “round table” idea. Remember Dorthy Parker and her friends? {Sigh}

I hope everyone has a lovely day.

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  1. I haven’t seen Basquiat but I empathise at the thought of watching someone tear out a page from what sounds like a wonderful sketchbook. I slao love the idea of passing around the book and everyone adding to it but my experience with my friends is that the don’t dare even write in the books I make for them in case they make a mistake or get messy, so I can’t imagine they’d loosen up enough to pass around a book. I think I’d be a bit nervous about doing something in someone else’s book but then it would be a challenge and I hate to pass up that opportunity.

    Comment by Carol — July 17, 2008 @ 7:16 pm
  2. Thanks for the mention, I like the paper in the Moleskine myself, feels nice when you rub it against your face, er, okay, I didn’t day that out loud :)

    Comment by Mik — July 17, 2008 @ 8:13 pm
  3. I used the large plain “Moleskine” before finding your website. Then I set out to create my own, because to me it’s more rewarding. I actually love the paper, and I recommend the dual tip ZiG writer pen for it.

    One of the silliest things I’ve seen is a “hack” to remove the moleskine paper with the paper you want. So, you spend $10-$17 dollars to use a cover and a pocket? I’ll pass on that one.

    Comment by Brian — July 18, 2008 @ 9:23 am
  4. Carol,

    I know what you mean. We always want to create something really cool so as artists we sometimes tend to “lock up” when confronted with a blank page. For myself, I need to learn to be more free and spontaneous with my drawing and not worry so much if I’m creating a masterpiece or not.


    TMI… :)


    I’m glad that I’m not the only one that thought replacing the paper in a Moleskine was silly(and expensive).

    Comment by jackie — July 18, 2008 @ 9:34 am
  5. Hi Jackie, you won the draw on my blog. I can’t find an email address for you can you email me so I can give you the details on Fibre&Stitch!

    Comment by sue bleiweiss — July 18, 2008 @ 5:02 pm
  6. Hi jackie

    I’ve not seen the film I’m afraid, but I wince when anyone rips pages out of books too. I can’t bring myself to get into altered books either. There are some interesting projects where people give old books new purpose, painting cutting etc. I was always taught to read and respect books so the thought of painting on the pages is just tooo much.

    You know I am on a stamping forum, our version of a book swap rather than a round robin with a finished journal, is to send out individual pages to the other memebers of the swap, they decorate and return them and you then bind the result. Works well for us and keeps the postage charges lower too. :)


    Billie xx

    Comment by Billie — July 25, 2008 @ 5:01 pm
  7. Hi Jackie

    Rhonda gave my blog an award and I would like to pass it on to you. Thanks to your blog I have learnt so much and made friends from your forum.

    You can find the details of your award over on my blog;

    Best wishes

    Billie xx

    Comment by Billie — July 27, 2008 @ 1:51 pm

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