Most of us have a "love or ignore" relationship with our sketchbooks and journals. I love the concept, the paper, and everything about them. I'm very picky about the size, the weight of the paper, and the binding. That's probably why I have so many of them. I surprised myself by counting 28 within easy access in my studio and office. Some are filled up, but not all! Does that upset me? Nope.
Hopefully this post will loosen up the inhibitions, and give you lots of support for wanting to use yours. You do have at least one, right?
A very long time ago I picked up a book called A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal by Hannah Hinchman ©1991. I loved it! It was the first time I had an inkling that journals and sketchbooks were not required to be "works of art." An excerpt:
“Just begin. Any day, any moment. There need be no occasion, no noteworthy event. Think of your beginning as the point where a tossed pebble hits the surface of a pond. Changes and discoveries will widen out endlessly from just such a small point. Take your life as it is, and go from there.”-Hannah Hinchman, A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal.
- "Why it is Valuable to Keep a Sketchbook or Visual Journal
- Keeping a daily sketchbook helps you to see and be present in the world.
- Keeping a sketchbook helps your ideas grow and helps you develop new ones.
- Keeping a sketchbook helps you make connections and fosters creativity.
- Keeping a sketchbook improves your drawing ability and observational skills.
- A sketchbook is an excellent source for ideas during those times when your creativity runs dry.
- A sketchbook is portable. You always have a studio with you. You always have a place to work.
- A sketchbook is a good place to try out new techniques and materials.
- A sketchbook is fertile ground for happy accidents - those unforeseen and unplanned creative discoveries or beautiful passages - to occur. "
- Blank pages that lay open nicely
- Off white paper, over 60#
- Hardbound (because they look nicer on a shelf)
- Stitched binding
- Paintable cover (I will paint it, maybe not before I start it).