I am by no means a prolific journaller (even though I refer to these as my daily journals) , and I often wish that I were more consistent in my journalling.
To be disciplined enough to journal a little each day is what I would love to accomplish....but sometimes weeks go by between entries. At first this used to bother me, my inconsistency. But now I just do what I can when I can and I dont feel so guilty about it.
My journals are a mix of sketching, painting, ideas for future projects, a diary of sorts ...it is lovely to look back through them. Seeing the inspiration for cloths I have made, paintings/prints I have made.... and to remember goings on in my everyday life. Sometimes what I write seems really mundane. But reading back through them, it all becomes much more interesting than it seemed when I wrote it.
I visited my friend Lynne Hoppes blog today and you should see her lovely stack of journals.
This is my meagre little stack of journals. Thus far all in moleskins, but I am keen to try a Stillman & Birn sketchbook like Lynne uses. They sound great for mixed media and watercolours etc.
It has become a ritual of mine to put a print of Magaly Ohika's art on the cover of my journals. I love her quirky/whimsical works of art (and own quite a few of them now). On my first ever journal I taped one of Magaly's prints (you can buy them in postcard size) to the front, and here I am at my fourth journal with another lovely print of her art on the cover. Her beautiful girls above remind me a little of textile work of Sara Lechner. They both have the same gentle quality about them.
Another little boro cloth on the go. A friend Lili who visited recently sent me a bag of beautiful kimono scraps. I decided to try and put them all into a little cloth ... a memory cloth of a lovely time spent with arty friends.
It's cold, rainy and pretty miserable outside today, so I thought I might share this photo I took last summer at a friends place of his sunflowers growing in his vegie patch....just to add a bit of brightness to the day.