NaNoJouMo is approaching. For those of you unfamiliar with it, NaNoJouMo is a challenge to work in your art journal every day of November. Dawn Sokol hosts it on her blog. In fact, here’s a short description from her blog:
Each day during November, I will post a word to get you art journaling. A journal jump of sorts—one word a day to inspire or get you thinking. The goal is to journal SOMETHING in your art journal. DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A FULL PAGE…can be a doodle, maybe painting some backgrounds, doing some collage…just SOMETHING every day in your art journal during November. Even if it’s just moving a pencil across the page in a crooked line…
I have participated in NaNoJouMo for a couple of years and I like knowing that so many other artists are all journaling along with me. So, I was looking forward to it this year, but for the past couple of weeks I’ve been unusually bored with journaling. Normally I write 6 – 10 pages daily, but lately I’m not writing much and have even skipped a few days. So, I wondered if I’d even be up for NaNoJouMo this year. Then I discovered that the problem has been that I just don’t like the journal I’m using right now.
I have long admired journals I see others make that have lots of found papers in them. So I finally made myself one. It’s a really cool journal.
I cut the covers off an old hardback children’s book and bound all sorts of papers into it with my cool Cinch binder that Mister bought me last spring. What I’ve discovered, though, is that when I open a spread to do art, I like both sides to have the same type of paper, which this one doesn’t. Also I like a big journal, and these pages are approximately 6 x 9 in.
Although I feel a little guilty to not finish using this book when I’m only half way through it, I know that I need a journal I enjoy working in, so I’m trying to decide what I want for NaNoJouMo. I thought back on all the things I’ve used for journals and realized wow! I’ve used a lot of types of books for journals.
I have used magazines, novels, Time-Life books, children’s board books and bound a lot of my own. I’ve sewn some and coil bound some. This is one that I sewed using game boards as covers.
My most favorite is watercolor paper pages, regardless of how it’s bound. But I don’t have any watercolor paper right now, so I’m going to have to make my new one from some other kind of paper. A while back I found a pad of paper at Dollar Tree for $1 that I like. It’s like thick newprint. I made one journal from it and I liked it. The only draw back was that the edges of the pages tore easily when they were wet. But, for the price, you can’t beat it.
I bought a pad of acrylic paper at Walmart the other day. I’ve never used that. It might be a nice substitute for watercolor paper, but I’m not willing to make a journal from it when I haven’t played with it yet. So, I will play with it and see how it takes all the media my journal gets thrown at it. If it works I’ll use that, otherwise I suppose it’s the Dollar Tree scribble pad.
So, what type of books do you use for art journaling? Will you share with me in the comment section?