Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Books coming out of the closet this year!

A love for art journaling and sketching always goes hand in hand with another love, or should I say obsession? It's the love for blank books, art journals and sketchbooks. If you are anything like me you probably have too many and are always on the lookout for more. Or is that just me?

The really big books.

In my thinking of what to do with this whole new artsy year 2013 I have also been thinking about my collection, my stash, my stack of blank books. I have them in different sizes, different papers, different bindings. I buy them, I make them and very nice people give them to me as gifts which always makes me very happy. Aren't we all happy with yet another beautiful journal or sketchbook? Can we ever really have enough?

The medium sized books.

I always thought I should use one book at a time, or at least not too many. So far I have always one journal at a time and a couple of sketchbooks in different places. And the other books would just have to wait until it was their turn. Poor books and poor me. Do I not always crave variation? Don't those books crave being used?


I actually found a Dutch retailer for the Strathmore journals.

And then a few months ago I came upon the blog of Michelle Reuss (go check it out, she makes marvelous stuff) and she confessed to having almost 30 sketchbooks/journals going on at once! I couldn't believe it, but she had the pictures to prove it. This really got me thinking.


My faithful square Seawhite of Brighton sketchbooks/journals.

I had all those beautiful books sitting on shelves gathering dust. Some had been started, but most were still completely empty. Why was I not just using them? If this very talented woman was allowed to have a truck load of books going at once, why couldn't I? And I couldn't think of one reason why I could not.

So I've been going through my closets and drawers and shelves and have simply taken out every book I would love to work in right now. In this post you can see them. My idea for the coming year is to use all of these books!

The small books.

Now I know that there's no way I can fill all those books within a year, but that's so not the point. The point is variation. Variation in size, in shape, in paper, in background, in binding. I have no idea yet how or even if I'm going to assign themes to these books. I know I will want to name them just to separate them from each other, but maybe they will all be holdalls for my art. I'm not sure.


The whole stash! I'm counting 20!

Some of the books in the pictures are already in use and do have a specific purpose. My journal for instance, my regular sketch and ideabooks, an inspiration journal and a photo-album I once adopted for using with L.K. Ludwigs book 'True Vision'.  But most of these books are new to me and my art.

I'm hoping that in the coming year I will find a purpose for all these books and put them to good use. I will share pages from them as I go along. I'm also hoping to find names for all of them and I will introduce them as soon as they tell me what they are called.

So that is yet another challenge for the coming year: getting my books out of the closet!

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!

PS: In case you were wondering: NO, those are not all the books I have! ;-)

20 comments:

  1. Goodmorning Caatje, i had a big laugh seen your stash of books and your great plan to use them all this year. Why?...well i just did exactly the same yesterday taking all of my books off the shells. Not as many as you but still more then 10, and thinking what to do with all of these. Well, i just follow your idea by starting to use them all.Thanks for that, hopefully thats the end of all these poor empty books.

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    1. Great minds think alike! Enjoy using all your books!

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  2. Nee hoor, je bent ECHTnniet de enige met zo veel lege boekjes. Ik denk dat ik ook een heel eind kom. Vind jij het ook moeilijk om de eerste bladzijde te vulllen? Net als vroeger op school met een nieuw schrift ;-)
    Ben benieuwd hoe je ze gaat vullen! Ik wacht af.

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    1. De eerste bladzijde moet je gewoon verstieren, dan is meteen de druk eraf en kan het alleen nog maar beter worden, haha!

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  3. Oh yes! Yes! I confess to having lots of sketchbooks, art journals, etc that I have sitting on shelves, waiting too. And I just bought another big one to fill...! I will fill. I will. Oh, it's so much fun even to just collect and obsess for a while first...! Kath

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    1. There's just something about blank books that is irresistible. I think it's the endless possibilities that are still dormant on those empty pages, all the things you could do with them. And let's face it, they're just pretty as they are!

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  4. Oh,so glad it's not just me! I don't have as many as others,but I do look out for lovely blank books. My local library sale usually yields me some each year, and it will be happening soon. So I'll fall again for handmade blank books that the owner passed on to the sale.

    Aside from use for drawing,they're great for visitors' sign in books at exhibits.

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    1. Oh, a library sale that has blank books. I wish we had those!

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  5. You can never have too many journals. lol
    You can never have too many supplies. lol
    That is my way of thinking and I am sticking to it. lol
    I really enjoy your site.

    Barb
    USA

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    1. Well, I always say I will draw the line as soon as I cannot get around in my own house anymore. So far that hasn't happened yet! ;-)

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  6. I am like you Caatje, I have soooo many blank journals. I’m always working on backgrounds in a few journals at a time (I am working in 4 now, this is my favorite part!), but whoa, 30 at once! I might have to up the ante now, and do a few more. Thanks for posting Michelle’s link I’m going to have to check it out!

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    1. I love doing backgrounds too. It's just so relaxing. It doesn't have to be anything yet, and still you can play around with art supplies. Michelle really is one talented lady!

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  7. Sure you can have more than on journal, it seems legit to always have a book with the right paper and size to work in.
    Also thanks for sharing Michelle's blog, it looks beautifull! I immediately added it to my Bloglovin account.
    And I can see she and her work inspire you.

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    1. I do crave variation more than anything and a lot of different books do ad to that. Glad you liked Michelle's blog. I was blown away the first time I saw it.

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  8. Inquiring minds want to know: in the large and medium stacks are a pair of grey covered books, that appear to have tangles or doodles on them. What are they and where did you find them??

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    1. They are scrapbook/photoalbums from IKEA! They have really nice thick paper. I'm not sure yet how they hold up to wet media though, because I just got them and haven't used them yet. They are both practically square.

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  9. Book one and book two look like my book that I use for daily journaling love that thing. You know it's good when you close it pick it up and hug it. Tell me you've done that too so I don't sound crazy!

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    1. Haha, I'm not sure I've ever hugged them, but they are cherished beyond belief. All my books are seriously spoiled rotten! ;-)

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  10. You are definitely not along in your great collection of blank books, and from the comments I see that we are in great company! I have drawers FULL of books of all sizes. How fun to think about getting to work in several of them at once! I look forward to seeing how you make progress in them.

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    1. A blank book lover is never alone! ;-) I am curious about how I'm going to fill these too.

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