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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Mail: Hobonichi Techo 2015 and Buff Monster Kickstarter Campaign Goodies...

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I just wanted to share with you a few goodies that I got in the mail last week.  I love a good mail day, don't you?

First off, I got my order from the Hobonichi website.  In case you don't know, Hobonichi is a Japanese planner system created by Shigesato Itoi, creator of the Nintendo game "Earthbound." The Hobonichi can be used just as a planner, or you can use it for art journaling and sketching out moments from your day.  Each page is dated, and you get one page per day.  The book is also filled with interesting quotations, the phases of the moon, and other fun tidbits.  I've never used one of these before, but I am so excited for 2015 to start so I can dive right in!  The English version of the planner (small A6 size) even starts on my birthday, the day before Christmas. :)

Here's what I got:


The two books at the bottom are the planners themselves.  The one on the left is A5 size, and the one on the left is the A6 size.  Both are filled with planner books that you slip inside the decorative covers.  The goodies above the books are some fun accessories: Hobonichi Papers (love the animals on the cover!), Deco Rush Story Pack (drag these along paper, and they will lay down pretty patterns with little images of desserts and coffee cups!), and two freebies: a multi-pen and a silicone tissue holder.  I can't wait to start using these!

Next up, I got my goodies from Buff Monster's Kickstarter Campaign.  I am so excited about my new little rainbow colored zombie ice cream cone!  And I love all the cards in the Melty Misfits Series 2.  The campaign is closed now, but it looks like you can still order some of the cards by going here.  If you want to see more of Buff Monster's work, check out his website.


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a happy mail day coming up soon too...



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Get Messy Art Journal 05 - More Adventurous

I had a lot of fun making this next pair of pages for the Get Messy Art Journal Challenge!  It's the end of the month, so that means these pages were made in response to a prompt given to us by one of the group's hosts.  
Here is the prompt for this month; it's by Sabine:

Journaling Challenge: Live your adventurous dreams on paper. What would you love to do, or at least try, if you had the courage to live more adventurously? I would, for example, like to live on a houseboat or a train wagon.
Art Challenge: Try a method or material you’ve never worked with before. Be adventurous!
Here's what my finished spread looked like:

Here's a close up of each page:



The title of this post is "More Adventurous" - the name of one of my favorite Rilo Kiley songs.  (You can listen to it here.)  I decided to use art materials I hadn't tried yet from my local art store's going out of business sale.  I used a lot of acrylic inks and pen inks that I used with a paintbrush instead of a dip pen.  It was a lot of fun to try out my new supplies!  

The other thing I did to be "adventurous" was to use symbolism instead of words to convey my message.  Lately I have found myself using a lot of quotes, which I love, but to try something new, I thought it would be fun to leave words out entirely.  

The girl on the left symbolizes being adventurous in all aspects of life - something I wish I could do more of.  She looks like she would be up for anything adventurous for sure!  I need to be more like that in my life too...  

For the page on the right, I decided to work abstractly - another challenge and something I don't do too often!  It turned out to be a lot of fun, and I hope to work abstractly again very soon...
I hope you enjoyed seeing this week's pages.  Be sure to spend some time making something fun this 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.

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