So as I am reorienting myself toward my blog, and going through my recent journals, I am struck by how much the physical qualities of a journal influence what I do. Over the last couple years I've used a complete range of commercial and self-made journals. I hear a lot about experimenting and learning the different qualities of papers. I have all kinds of conflicting impulses - I don't want to use up my good stuff/ waste good quality materials with just messing around/ I do buy everything that strikes my fancy/ jump from one medium to another/ continue to use things I'm not enjoying until they are used up.
Really ... if I could just get out of my own way sometimes.
I'm looking at my pages from the last year, and enjoying what I'm seeing. I'm also noticing how much I've enjoyed working in the Stillman & Birn Journals. I have worked in five or six in the last year. I used my first one for my fake journal last year, as a camp journal, as a travel journal and several as my main journal. I love the extra heavyweight paper in the Beta, Delta and Zeta series. I love how I can work the pages or stick stuff on them. I just do what I want.
Above is from the Delta series. It has "ivory" paper with some tooth.
hmm.... all of this has got my thinking as I head into our summer vacation which is when I go into sketching hyperdrive. Or maybe I shouldn't be thinking. I should just let myself do...
I'll have to ponder that.