Thursday, July 24, 2014

The new journal

A few weeks ago I filled up the Real Journal and started my current one. It's again a regular notebook and it looks like this:


It was a gift for my birthday by my friend Monk (who's always gifting me lots of notebooks and journals just to enable my addiction (which she shares by the way). It's a simple lined notebook, but it has a wonderful size, just larger than A5, and there's a plastic cover with pockets on the insides which makes it possible to store all kinds of loose stuff in it which turns out to be really handy. 

Like the last notebook journal this is not a pretty art journal, but there is art and collage in it. It's pretty much a catch all for anything I feel like putting in. It makes it a big mismatch of stuff, but I rather like that about it.

Anyway, here's a peek at some of its first pages:












As you can see, most art is done on separate sheets, because the lined paper in the book itself is not really suitable for wet media. But since the pages are a little bigger than those on my sketchpads, it is rather perfect for this. In fact I like this book so much that I actually bought another one myself for future use.

As for a name for this journal: on the first spread you see the word "Geluksboek" that I found in my stash of magazine clippings. I thought that was perfect. Literally it means "Book of Luck" and I can't think of a better name for this one. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day.

10 comments:

  1. What a different kind of journal. You are personalizing it and making memories. Beautiful art work.
    Barb
    USA

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  2. Caatje,
    I forgot to ask, who makes this book and does it have a title?
    Thanks,
    Barb
    USA

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    1. It's made for/by a Dutch department store chain called HEMA. The book doesn't have a name as far as I know, it's just called a notebook. You can find an example here: http://www.hema.nl/winkel/school-en-kantoor/papier-en-schriften/schriften-en-schrijfblokken/a5-notitieboek-met-ziplock-%2814110111%29

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  3. do lines in a notebook bother you. I can't stand them as they make me feel I have to write where the lines are and if I am distracted they make my writing looking very chaotic!!!! reminds me too much of school books.

    Annie v.

    Annie v.

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    1. Nope, doesn't bother me at all. I sometimes use them (mostly when I write) and often I ignore them. The only thing that bothers me about the paper in this book is that it's too flimsy for wet media. But I solve that by sticking other papers in it.

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  4. Hope this doesn't post twice. Didn't know I have to log in first!!! Love your journal!!! I have one similar to it. It took me ages to find the right one for me. Mine is about 8.5 x 11", bound, has a little heavier paper. I glue or tape things in it, put down my notes from on-line classes, stickers, and thing I want. Only one rule with it, actually two. One is that no one reads it and the other is to be completely honest in it. I LOVE journaling like this!!! Glad someone does it too!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I like variety in my books. I fill one and move on the next. Each book has its challenges and good points. I have journaled in just about any size and format and that's just the way I want it. Glad you found what works for you.

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  5. Your style is changing since I was here last. Love watching your evolution. I have two books with lines. I've been gelli printing a background and the working in them.

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    1. Thank you Teri. I've never gelli printed straight into a book, another thing to try!

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