I spent most of today prepping backgrounds in my small Moleskine. That way I can just add collage and doodles and whatnot when I’m not able to sit at the table. This is also for when I’m not in the mood to do portraits. I was able to prep five backgrounds with spray inks.
Then I worked on a page with a favorite quote of mine.
“Inner peace comes from within,
Not from without.”
I’ve used that quote a couple of times before and I just love it. I’m constantly striving for inner peace. There are times when that’s a particular struggle since I’m bipolar and peace is rather hard to come by during those extreme highs and lows. It’s times like those I turn to the wisdom of Buddha to help me get by.
Inner Peace 4-12-12
I used Lumiere paint and white pen to accent the Lotus, the letters, and the circles. Other then that I left the page as simplistic as possible to create a very peaceful visage. I also used very light and airy colors to also give the impression of peace.
Beneath the paint there’s a collage of patterned paper and book pages. The patterned paper got lost beneath the gesso but you can still see the book pages. It’s a hard lesson to learn, but next time I won’t use such thick gesso over patterned paper.
I really enjoy working in this size Moleskine. It’s a 3 1/2 x 5 1/2″ Sketchbook. My Strathmore is a similar size and it seems to be a size that works best for me.
With the new Strathmore 9×12″ , I think I have five journals going on right now. They all serve their purpose and I use them all concurrently. I’m almost finished with my Bee Paper Deluxe 9″x9″ journal and I have another one ready for me to use.
I can’t say I prefer any one brand over another because each one has their own attributes. One will have a good size, another will have great paper and a great size, still another will have great paper for different purposes. For example, I like the Moleskine Sketch for my gesso, spray ink, acrylic paint work and I like my Strathmore Visual Journal for my portrait painting. It’s hard to pick one great journal because they all fit varying needs.
I’m thinking of starting a composition notebook journal. I like the size and binding of composition notebooks. I can easily overcome the paper quality by gluing two pages together then using gesso.
I definitely don’t have a problem with having so many art journals going on at one time. I believe they’ll get filled when they get filled. It’s not a competition or a race to the finish.
I firmly believe you can never have enough art journals.