Two Journals at Once, Oh No!?!

June 10, 2011

Please see the full post for details.

Above: Spread from the 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia journal I'm keeping in the studio. A painted background texture which includes some metallic rubberstamp ink stenciled on the page, and a sketch of a dog on heavyweight paper which I cut out and glued to this page along with the text page at the base of the dog and the lacy lavender paper on the far right. The writing, which was in white Sharpie Poster Pen, is not related to the image and is obscured for privacy.

Typically I only keep one journal at a time. This year's fake journal was large (11 x 8.5 inch pages) and I really enjoyed working large. But I don't enjoy lugging a large journal around.

After IFJM (International Fake Journal Month, which is April if you haven't been following along) ended, I decided to continue keeping two journals for a bit. (I've done this before; I kept another journal at the same time I was working on P10 from 2010 for example.)

Before IFJM I purchased a 9 x 12 inch Fabriano Venezia Journal as a backup plan. I still had it and decided to work my way through it.

Above: Prepainted background that was to become the page at this post's opening. (Sorry the color is so whacky in this image, I was shooting in odd light. The first image is representative of the actual color.)

I'm still working with some of the colors I used in my fake journal. And while I have tested these journals in the past I haven't worked all the way through one, so I want to see how they will hold up to a variety of methods I like to use. (More on all that in future posts.)

Here are two close up views of the painted textures on this spread.


Left: One view of the texture on this page.




Texture3754 Left: Another view of the texture close up. Click on the image to view and enlargement.




    • Bren
    • June 10, 2011

    love the wild uninhibited feeling to your background, I’m a sucker for free flowing movement. I’m like you Zom I usually only have one journal on the go at a time. Like the feeling that all of my life has one dumping ground 🙂
    It’s a great page and I love the lost look on the dogs face and the feeling of chaos behind him, very impactful.

    • Miss T
    • June 10, 2011

    I do like the idea of working in a large journal at home, perhaps focusing on something particular in that book. I also find big journals difficult to carry around (I did it once and I don’t much want to do it again), but I have a few, so this is a nice idea.

    I like what you’re doing with the colors and layering!

  1. Reply

    Bren, Did you mean Roz not Zom? Or were you referring to something else? Let me know if I’m missing something.
    I’m glad you liked the page. I think it’s interesting the connection you draw between the chaos of the background and the dog. I have found that on these larger pages (a good deal larger than my typical journal page) I am a lot more splashy, and slashy with my strokes. But I am also taking more time to add more layers and that can lead to some chaos on its own!

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    Miss T, Yes, carrying a large journal around once is enough for me as well. I just can’t take the down time from the resultant injuries to shoulders and arms and hands.

    I think working in the studio or home in a stationary journal on a theme is always a good thing. That’s how I worked on the Daily Dots and I love that those books are just filled with images of Dottie and not interrupted with other things going on in my life. You can see at a glance through the journals a whole lot of things that would be diluted if the images simply appeared separated by the other 3 spreads or so I typically do in a day.

    I think working on a theme, or using a particular media whether on a theme or not is perfect for the in-studio journal.

    I used to keep themed journals for nature journaling and also for my trips to the zoo. I miss having a separate journal for the zoo in some respects because it is fun to look back and see all the animal bits page after page, uninterrupted by meeting notes and sketches for book structures or sketches of parking ramps. I don’t miss the nature journaling stuff being in its own journal because it was always a hassle to think I have to take my nature journal now because I’m going to “some spot” on any given day when I’m out and about. So it melded immediately into my main journal, and that was the the tipping point to move all my stuff into one journal.

    It’s so much easier to not be shifting journals in general. But it’s nice to have exceptions when we break out and do something different. Stretching to see what fits, to see if our decisions and plans and organization still work for us.

    Glad you enjoyed the background. More messes to come!

    • Carol
    • June 11, 2011

    Looks like the Fabriano Venezia opens pretty flat at that size – do you find that true of the 6 x 9 size?
    (Love the prepainted background – beautiful!)

  3. Reply

    Carol, the 6 x 9 was the size I first tested several years ago when a friend recommended it to me. It also opens flat. But I haven’t worked the whole way through a 6 x 9. I don’t anticipate any problems doing so, but I just have to mention that. I have a lot of friends now who don’t make their own books and use these.

  4. Reply

    Once I started making square journals, on your suggestion, I find it is the only size I like. As for working in a single book or multiples, I am generally monogamous. It is only when there are ‘extenuating circumstances’ that start a second book before finishing another. Now having multiple pages going, that is a whole other situation entirely.

  5. Reply

    Melly, Square journals are just SOOO appealing, on so many levels!!! I’m glad you’re a convert!

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