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....
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Sunday, January 25, 2015
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
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 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 #getmessyartjourna
Sunday, September 28, 2014
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...