A French Artist’s 1948 Diary

The 1948 diary below belonged to Martin Vivés, an artist who lived in southwestern France. He also seems to have been a museum curator there in the 1940s-1960s, and he met some famous artists including Raoul Dufy, as shown in the notes made in the diary. March 2 shows the phrase “visite Dufy.” It’s an […]

Notebook Addict of the Week (Again): Gerard

Here’s another repeat addict: Gerard is a Canadian artist and arts educator whose notebooks were featured here a few years ago. Looks like his collection of idea books and studio journals has kept on growing! Some Whitelines journals are now added to the mix too. Check out Gerard’s site: MIX AND SHIFT: OVER 60.

Tips from Readers

More from my inbox: A tip from M: “I have issues with the binding cracking/splitting on my Moleskines.  The solution – black duct tape.  Check out the photo.  Works great and doesn’t look too bad.” Peter shares some sketchbook pages and a tip on transfering art to notebook pages: “Just wanted to give you some […]

Notebook with Paris Transit Maps

Oh the wonderful things you can stumble across online… an old notebook with transit maps of Paris!  I love the composition book look, typography, and the design of the maps! Very cool… if this online auction hadn’t ended long ago, I would have snapped it up!       “Carnet format 10 cm x 16,8 […]

Filofancy’s Flex

The blogger at Filofancy notes that the Flex series by Filofax doesn’t get much blogging coverage. I can’t say I’ve found them inspiring at all when I see them in stores– wrong sizes, blah materials… it just makes me sad to see them in comparison to the wonderful things Filofax was making 15 or 20 […]

Thoughts on Field Notebooks

A blog post about a book about field notebooks, with lots of interesting observations, including this: “The notebook is like a magical object in a fairytale. It is a lot more than an object, as it inhabits and fills out hallowed ground between meditation and production. Truly, writing is a strange business…” And some images […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: VacuousMinx

This week’s addict displays an orderly and attractive collection of notebooks in a blog post that begins as follows: “There are so many notebooks out there, good ones, that I started to become a little paralyzed at the idea of trying to say anything useful. I would leave so many out! I would fail to […]

Guillermo Del Toro’s Notebooks

Here’s a pretty amazing imagination at work in the pages of a notebook: For more, check out the book: Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions Via Scans From Guillermo Del Toro’s Notebook | The Mary Sue.

Out of Pages Notebook Subscription Service

Here’s another subscription service offering periodic shipments of notebooks. Unlike Rad & Hungry and the now-defunct Lost Crates (which I reviewed), there is no element of surprise to this one. They offer Moleskine and Field Notes, you tell them which style of notebook you want and how often you’d like to receive a new one, […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Stacy

This week’s addict probably wins the prize for having spent the least money on her addiction! Here’s her lovely stack of notebooks: Stacy says: Isn’t it a beautiful sight!? I went to Wal-mart and did our yearly notebook stock-up. The 70 page spiral notebooks are on sale for 15 cents and the 100 page compositon […]