At the start of the year I finally gave into temptation and bought myself a Moleskine more out of curiosity and a want to see what they are really like. A lot of people say how wonderful they are but I have never dealt with one before and decided now was the time to give it a go. Typically since I got it it has been sitting around waiting to be used, a mixture of blank page syndrome and a fear of destroying something so lovely as an empty journal has been holding me back (weird I know but there’s something about notebooks and sketchbooks that are untouched that I like).
I have really wanted to try one however I specifically wanted something more structured to work on through it. I have my other journals, two that I’m playing with at the moment and both of which are far more loose in what I do in them, they have no general theme to them other than experimenting and how I feel. The play one comes with me when I go out with my travel kit and my big one stays home on one of my easels for slapping on all sorts of mixed media.
It’s time to get cracking and experimenting with the Moleskine. I’ve booked another trip in the spring for an arty centered holiday at Retreats For You in Devon again. Last year when I went I made a small sketchbook to take with me and while I could do so again I have been thinking about treating myself to a Moleskine specifically for the trip alone. The only problem with that plan is that I have no idea if I like them or if they work well as sketchbooks/journals for me. The last thing I would want is to take one and realise I hate it when I start working in it. So before I decide I’m going to play around with the one I bought earlier in the year.
As I said I wanted to do something specific and semi-structured in it so it had a purpose that was different to my other sketchbooks and a structure for me to follow and keep me actually using it. Sometimes I let things fall by the wayside but I find that I am more disciplined if I have a specific path to follow such as a course or set out plan. I had been looking around trying to figure out what I wanted to do when Journal Fodder 365: Daily Doses For The Art Addict came onto my radar. I downloaded it for my Kindle and will be using the Moleskine to go through the chapters and play with the prompts and ideas in it.
There’ll be more to come on this journey as I go so I daresay this ‘series’ will be both a sharing of my art and a bit of a review of the Journal Fodder book itself, though I expect it will be slow progress as I am in no way going to rush the sections unless I am unable to connect with them and be inspired. I doubt this will be the case as already from reading through the first chapter I am eager to begin exploring the starting theme.