Saturday, July 4, 2015

A peek in the journal

My current journal, the Canson Book, is nearing its end. I have about ten pages to go and then it's time to move on to another book. I am in the process of prepping an extra large moleskine cahier for this, but I don't know if it will be ready in time, so I may move to another notebook first.

Sometimes on the interweb you see how some people always work in the same type of book and it looks really neat too. They have this whole line of sketchbooks of the same type and size on their shelves and it's a thing of beauty. My journals aren't on a shelf, they are kept in boxes (although I am working on clearing some book cases so some may actually go on a shelf soon), but they are as mismatched as any set of books you could think of. I have worked in anything from packs of index cards to enormous altered atlases and everything and anything in between. I have worked in expensive handbound books purchased on specialty fairs and in cheap notebooks purchased in discount stores. I have made my own books and I have altered old books that I bought second hand.

My journaling practice is as scattered as my art practice. I crave variety and I crave challenges. A new book means new paper and new parameters to work with. I find this endlessly fascinating. I think to work in the same book all the time would be the death of my journaling practice.

There's another point to this too: there is no such thing as the perfect journal and to look for it while postponing your journaling until you find it is a waste of time. You can journal in and on anything, trust me, I've tried and I've succeeded. ;-)

Here are some recent spreads from the Canson Book:

The Canson Book has been a very pragmatic journal so far. It's not so much about pretty pages as it is about getting the journaling job done. If I have pictures to add, I add pictures. If I just want to write, I write.  If I want to sketch something, I sketch something. That may seem obvious, but I've had journals that were very  much about the lay out of the spread, for instance the altered atlases I did a few years back. The visual element was way more important in those books.

My journaling often seems to adapt itself to the book I'm working in. I like how that happens so automatically.

I find that in this book I'm adding a lot of my own photography, much more than in previous journals for instance. The only consistent thing in all my journals is the writing. That's the one thing I cannot seem to live without.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into my current journal and wishing you a wonderful and artsy weekend!


  1. I absolutely adore journals, and page entries. They are always so different, and colourful. I wish I had the commitment that you do to write every day!

    1. I love looking at journals too in all their variety. And writing keeps me sane. ;-)

  2. Leuk en inspirerend om weer even met je mee te mogen kijken Carin!
    Ik lees graag je aanvullende reflectie op alle journal in and outs.
    Het is ook altijd leuk om Peer even voorbij te zien komen. Ik heb zelf ook zo'n harige vriend, een ontzettend lieve en eigenwijze knuffel.
    Fijne zondag!


    1. Dank je wel Alice. Kopjes van mijn Peer aan jouw knuffel.

  3. As always, I love them, Carin! Especially love the drawing in ink you did on the page with the mountains, trees and gate AND of course, of the pics of your cat too. : ) Thanks so much for sharing the pics with us, I know that many of us enjoy seeing them even if everyone doesn't always leave a comment.

    1. Thanks Debi. I know my blogsy people are out there whether they comment or not, haha. ;-)

  4. I love your journals! I also change the size and format of my journals just to shake things up. I just went from an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sketchbook to a small Moleskine sketchbook and it has been feeling limiting, the new, smaller size. I'm also glad to hear I'm not the only one who keeps my finished journals in boxes.

    1. Whenever I change journals I have to get aquainted with the new one and whenever I fill one up it feels like I have to say goodbye to a paper friend. In the end I end up loving them all, but some take a bit more time than others. :-)


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