Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Midwinter Book 13/14

For the past few years I've kept a seperate journal during my Christmas vacation and this time was no different. I usually call this a midwinter book. It's always a different kind of book and this time I decided to use the small Dylusions journal that I had gotten at Kreadoe.

The first thing I did was alter it a little so it would look more like a ... well... Midwinter Book!
































I did manage to fill the entire book in a little over two weeks, but most of it was writing, so even though that was very good for me it's not very interesting to look at for you.

But I did do some visual things here and there and here's a selection of some of those more colourful or interesting pages.








































 

I really liked the paper in this book and its size. It was very handy to take with you and it could take just about any medium okay, although it's best suited for pencil and pens. I might be hesitant with lots of watercolour layers, it did seem to get roughened up a bit if it got too wet. But still, I think I will buy more of these journals as they seem pretty all round to me.

The drawings of the branches are my personal favorites in this journal. They were done from my imagination after seeing some twirly twisty branches on my walks and being intrigued by them. It also reminded me of my love for simple pencil drawings. It had been a long time since I did any of those. By the way, don't confuse simple with fast, because especially the second one took forever to finish with all that crosshatching for the background. ;-)

The journal was a good companion in a very reflective time so I am quite happy I filled most of it with writing. It helped me think things through and really get to the bottom of stuff I'm currently dealing with. It also reminded me a journal is not for pretty pages, but an instrument for personal expression and reflection. That's easy to forget sometimes, especially if you're used to sharing your pages on your blog.

I hope you enjoyed this peek in my vacation journal and I wish you a wonderful and artsy Wednesday!

10 comments:

  1. Yes, the drawings of the branches are my favorite of your pages, too. I have a question, how do you decide whether you will write in English or in Dutch on your pages? Just wondered.

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    1. You know, I honestly don't know why I mix the two and when I choose which. In general I would say that when I do extensive writing I always write in Dutch and the more visible part in English, but that's not always true. I mix both languages in my head too! I actually think English sentences right through Dutch ones. ;-) As it happens a while back Ricë Freeman Zachery asked me to write a post about being 'bilingual' as she calls it for Create Mixed Media. I don't really consider myself bilingual, but it was an interesting thing to think about. You can read the post here: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/blogs/the-creative-life/guest-post-by-carin-winkelman-on-language

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  2. As soon as I saw the branches, I knew they were my favorite on the pages. I too have a question. Is the Dylusions journal able to take a lot of water products? It doesn't look like you used Gesso.
    Barb
    USA

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    1. As I already stated in the text I wouldn't use this book for very wet media like lots of layers in watercolour. I tried a simple watercolour painting with some wet in wet and the paper kind of started to roughen up (get a little damaged). Just one layer of not too wet paint works okay and the paper dries really fast which is very convenient on the go. I don't know how it would work with acrylics and such, but I think it would be fine, if it wasn't too watered down. I think the paper in this book is most suited for dry media though and with that it works absolutely fabulous. Doing those pencil drawings was a great pleasure on this paper.
      A little note though: this is the small Dylusions journal. The bigger one has two kinds of paper and I can't speak for the other kind.

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  3. Ha! I also liked those pencil branches, and have several times gone back and forth to look at the two versions. It is also informative to me to see where I am (and am not) on my journey with arts and various media, even simple ones. I'm not judging, just noticing.

    You know the book "A Kiss for Little Bear" by Minarik/Sendak? He draws a picture in the beginning and the first words are "This picture makes me happy". I saw your photos of your album and I thought - this journal makes me happy!!

    Thanks for sharing... :-)

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    1. I don't know the specific book you're referring to, but I do know Sendak and love his work. I'm in love with childrens' books illustrators anyway, their imagination always baffles me. ;-)
      As for the branch drawings, the second one was a pain in the butt for all the time it took to fill the background.

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  4. Gorgeous work! I especially love the mandala one

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  5. What a fun winter journal, Caatje! I love your branches drawings, but I love those colorful pages too.

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    1. Thanks Andria, a little variety goes a long way, haha.

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