Where have I been? Better yet what have I been doing?
Uh let's not even list everything but the big stuff. I was in multiple concerts, completed fall semester,
started a large painting project, taught an art class and will be going to Namm 2016, just to name a few. Let's simply say that I got lazy and was busy this whole hiatus.
But I want to talk about journaling, because lately I've been so into them that whenever I type "Art Journaling" on Pinterest I feel like I can't breathe from so much excitement. I'm telling you this behavior is unhealthy. During the beginning of October I decided it was time to start a new journal, and not just one that included only poems and songs, but everything! A place where it's ok to write or draw ideas, stories, poems, songs, sketches, prayers, rambles and rants. With that in mind it was all a matter of going out and searching for the perfect journal, which turned out to be 3 separate Moleskine softcover unlined notebooks that I bonded together with duct tape to form one large book (I'll show you how I did that later on) and decorated slightly with washi tape. The journal above is actually the Moleskine covered with a leather journal cover that I swapped the original book inside for my journal .
The supplies I bring with me always, happen to be very simple except when I'm traveling then the supplies list grows longer. The basics include 2 mechanical pencils, a drafting pencil, Crayola black colored pencil, Seven-year-pen, fine tipped Sharpie, a blue pen and 2 rolls of washi tape.
Not going to go in depth about what I have done on the pages (I can talk all day about that), but working in this book for 4 months now, and having come to realize how dependent I've become of it and needing it to be by my side at all times, I'd say this journaling thing has become more of a lifestyle then a hobby. To me it feels like talking to a person, someone who will never grow tired of hearing me go on and on about junk in my life, and at times I have literally written myself out of a bad mood. With my first journal drawing to a close, I think it's safe to say that I will probably be writing for the rest of my life.
Like I said, my Moleskine is out of writing space so it's time to move into another book.
And I think I found the perfect one.
(It came with more packaging but I tore through all that.)
This here is the Midori Traveler's Notebook finest book in the journaling world, at least in my opinion. Never thought I would be able to find it at an Asian market, they usually are only sold online for a pretty penny. Oh I'm really excited about this one because this journal is totally customizable, meaning that I can purchase or DIY inserts with the paper of my choosing and I can hang beads and charms on it.
The structure of the book is simple, a soft but sturdy real leather cover (I swear the vegan community is going to kill me) with elastic bands laced into it so you can put in or take out booklets whenever you want, finishing off with a closure elastic that fits around the whole thing to keep it shut while in you're purse or bag. I always joke with my sister that the fashion industry always stresses about how the latest mini purse will fit all your "essentials", well maybe but if you're an artist lugging around necessary books and supplies you need a heavy duty adventure bag for all you're "essentials". And that's why the Midori is the ideal traveler's notebook (not trying to sell a product here).
Little Ivy decided to join me on my sketching journey.
I need to return more often to this blog and ramble about different things because I really missed this and I have so much I want to talk about. Aside from journaling I have been really into the Parisian lifestyle and capsule wardrobes, which I will talk about in the next post.
(Here is me right now, my hair is way longer then in the last post.
Yeah thought you guys might like to know haha!)