Wednesday, February 3, 2010

From the Other Journal

I'm sorry I've haven't posted here for awhile, but I am currently in the midst of studying for midterm exams and I have way more things that I need to do than I have time to do them.  My to-do list has finally become less than half a page long so I thought I would take the opportunity to post a couple of pages from my "other journal," which seems to be becoming a sketchbook journal.  These pages show an abstract doodle that I didn't really like until I put letters around it, a rather geometrical diagram of interlocking bands, and sketches of some pressed flowers that I have sitting on the shelf above my desk.  (As I think of summer, when I can go out and sketch living flowers.)  The words and sketches were all written and drawn with a black Sharpie Pen and the flowers were coloured with watercolour pencils (which I am still learning how to use).  I don't have much time to work in my journal these days, so these pages were developed over about a period of about a week.

I haven't acquired any new pens or other supplies lately, but I do plan to make a trip to the campus bookstore (home of many enticing items) sometime in the future.  I recently read two books on journaling, both by Hannah Hinchman: A Trail Through Leaves: The Journal as a Path to Place and A Life in Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal, and if I find the time, I will try to write a review of one or both of these books in the next week or so.


  1. I LOVE this "other journal"! I too was inspired by the CWL book that you mentioned in your link. But I'm unable to keep a journal just for nature. I keep thinking it's a good idea, but I just don't seem to manage to keep one exclusively for that purpose.

    I really like the combination of flowers/design on this page.

  2. I agree, Sophie. If I had time everyday to take long walks in nature and spend several hours a day outdoors, maybe it would be possible to keep a dedicated nature journal. But the way my life is, sometimes I just feel like drawing some abstract designs.

  3. Wonderful design, Heather. Good luck with your exams!

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