Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The White Book

When the Moon Journal was drawing to a close it was time to think about which book would come after it. I contemplated several books, but in the end decided on a square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook, the same type as I use for my regular sketchbooks.

Before I start a new book I like to prep it's pages and cover, but I wanted to keep the next book really simple and plain. So all I did was this:


I painted the original black cover white with several layers of gesso. After that I had a book with white pages and a white cover and I had no choice but to call it the White Book. (My book names are always so obvious, haha.) I put its name on the cover with a blak paint marker and that was that. The book was ready for use. No fancy colours, no nothing.

My intention with this book was to work with its simplicity and to give myself the challenge of working with white backgrounds. I filled the first spreads in the last few days before my vacation. Here's how they turned out. 






I don't know if you can tell, but life was really hectic in those days. I had so little time to play with my journal that I kept everything really simple. Especially the third spread which is just a couple of postcards and writing.

During my vacation I did a lot of thinking about my journaling and writing and how one affects the other and that will take this book into a different direction in the coming year, but that's something I want to talk about next week. Let me tell you though that since that last spread I actually have not worked in this book again yet. There's a reason for that, but that's part of a post I want to write next week when I talk about my plans and ideas for next year. So again I ask you to bear with me. ;-)

For now I hope you enjoy this peek into the new journal and wish you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday.

12 comments:

  1. i like the first spread especially! :)
    I tried keeping a notebook w/ plain white pages... but I couldn't do it. The blank pages seemed to make my mind go blank...

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    1. I found it really challenging too, it sort of feels like something is missing. Strange really as white is just another colour.

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  2. Wat prachtig Caatje! Heel inspirerend... ik heb zelf ook diverse plannetjes voor dit jaar en zoiets als dit is er één van... ben benieuwd naar je post volgende week!

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    1. Ik ook, moet het nog een beetje op een rijtje zetten op een begrijpelijke manier, als je begrijpt wat ik bedoel. :-)

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  3. I really really like your White Book and the clean, fresh simplicity of white backgrounds to your beautiful text. Oh, and I am STILL mooning over your Moon Journal. Fantastic... Love... Enjoy your day! Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kathy!

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  4. Your pages with white backgrounds look striking, but I'll be surprised if you don't go back to color soon! I can't wait to hear your announcements next week...I'm interested to hear the direction of your creative year.

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    1. Haha, you might be right about that. I'm having ideas about this journal, but they are still kind of ripening in my head.

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  5. Love how they look different from your previous journal, but the lovely similarities of your pages that say "caatje". Love the Erte and Mucha images you've used.

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    1. Oh I'm in love with those beautiful ladies those artists paint. I have a set of postcards of both and I keep coming back to them.

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