Saturday, January 30, 2016

Drawing In My Midori Traveler's Notebook

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time drawing in my Midori Traveler's Notebook.  My notebook contains my day planner and monthly calendar, so it is always nearby.  It's the first thing I grab when I feel compelled to put pen/pencil to paper (which is often).  I've also got a writing journal in my Midori, so it's nice to be able to express myself through either writing or drawing whenever I feel inspired.  

I'd love to make some new sketchbook videos soon...  I've filled up quite a few since the last time I filmed one!  I'm trying to figure out a better way to film things at my desk, since my previous setups were a bit awkward to film.  I hope I can figure out a good new way to shoot videos, because I feel like that's a fun way to share the books quickly with you.

I know I haven't been the most consistent blogger for a while, but I hope to slowly get back into it since I do miss posting here.  I hope that 2016 has been treating you well so far and that you have been having some fun being creative whenever you are able to!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Some Sketchbook Pages...

I haven't been posting too much this year since things have been really hectic, but I wanted to share some recent sketchbook pages with you.  It feels so nice to be able to sit down with my sketchbook and just play....

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Art Journal in my Midori....

I'm finally getting around to working in my art journal that lives in my Midori for the first time in 2015.  I made this little title page today and am wondering if I should color it in or not... I am kind of liking the black and white, but color can be fun too!

Hope your 2015 has been full of creativity so far!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Love for the Midori Traveler's Notebook

Lately, I have been obsessed with Midori Traveler's Notebooks.  When I first found out about them, I thought they were weirdly long sketchbooks and didn't really look into the system that much...  I came across them again on YouTube a few months later, watched a video, and was instantly hooked.  If you aren't familiar with Midoris, they are basically a system of notebooks held together by elastics.  Goulet Pens (an awesome family run company that sells pens, inks, and notebooks) does a great job explaining them in their video here:

I decided to make a faux Midori for myself to see if I liked the system before purchasing the real deal, and you can see my little attempt (made from a torn scrap of leather) in the photo at the top of this post - it's the mini one on the right.  I quickly found out that I LOVED the system, especially the fact that you could hold so many notebooks in one place and rearrange and replace them so easily.  I bought my first real Midori online (the tall brown one on the left in the photo - it has a little deer insert that I made held on top of it), and I recently made a YouTube video showing my setup:

I also started an Etsy store where I make hand screen printed inserts (or refills) for Midori notebooks.  You can choose your own hand screen printed cover, and you can also customize the interior pages by choosing from plain paper, lined paper, grid paper, dot grids, a day planner, or Tomoe River paper (wonderful for fountain pen users).  Here is an example of the day planner and all of the cover choices:

It's so much fun to make the little books that go inside this notebook system!  I've really been enjoying having this new shop and the Midori system in general.  

I hope you enjoyed watching the videos in this post, and have a great week! :)

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Get Messy Art Journal 06 - Super Serious

It's Thursday, so that means I have another two pages to share with you for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge!  I decided to go a bit out of my comfort zone and try to draw a guy for once... I usually only draw girls.  I was happy with how he came out!
Here's what my two pages looked like:

It was kind of fun to turn the book on its side and do one tall skinny page like this:

It's not often that I draw "serious" looking people in my books, so I labeled this guy "super serious" as kind of a joke... I also wrote the words "Victorian Women Can't Lose" on the next page - it was just something weird that popped into my head while drawing her, so I had to write it down.  I often do this while working in my art journals - I just write down whatever comes to mind, or else I will write down some lyrics from whatever I happen to be listening to while I make the pages.  Music is a big part of the creative process for me.  I always have something on in the background while working in my books...  Lately, I have been listening to a lot of Ellie Goulding, Kasey Musgraves, and The Head and The Heart.

Here is a close up of the Victorian woman:

The drawings were based on some antique tintype photographs I found on the Internet, and they are composites of more than one person.  I love drawing that way - referencing several photos at once and turning them into something new by putting my own spin on them!

I hope you are having a great week! :)

Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.