Notebooks from Paris and Amsterdam

Here’s the stash of notebooks I brought back from my Amsterdam/Paris trip. First, two little notebooks from a local newsstand/bookstore near where I was staying. They had a nice selection of school supplies, and other notebook brands such as Moleskine, but these two were inexpensive and not like others I’d seen elsewhere. The blue one […]

Artists’ Diaries at the Smithsonian

I was in Washington DC over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and thanks to a tip from a reader, I went to one of the Smithsonian museums to see a cool little exhibit on artists’ diaries: A Day in the Life: Artists’ Diaries from the Archives of American Art. It’s not a huge exhibition, and the […]

Stocking Stuffer Drawing Books

Here’s something on my holiday wishlist: Peter Jenny’s Learning to See series. They’re lovely little pocket-sized books with exercises for those learning to draw, or re-learning, or looking for inspiration. The perfect companion to throw in your bag with a small sketchbook and pencil or pen, and list price is only $12 each.

A Wonderfully Messy Sketchbook

I love this image of an Ellsworth Kelly sketchbook! I found it in a blog post by Zan Popp, who uses it as an example of famous artists’ sketchbooks, and muses about sketchbooks in general: “What I really like enjoy about my sketchbooks is that I allow myself to be messy. I don’t have to […]

Moleskine Monday: “The Comeback of the Notebook”

Newsflash! People like using notebooks, even in our digital age! Below is a screenshot of a German video news segment (in English) about people using notebooks and sketchbooks, particularly Moleskines. My favorite part is the appearance of fellow notebook blogger Christian Mahler from Notizbuchblog.de. See the video at The Comeback of the Notebook | All […]

Julien “Seth” Malland’s Art

I came across some really interesting work by an artist called Julien “Seth” Malland. He seems to have done graffiti art in Paris, as well as other paintings and collages in notebooks, such as the one below. It looks like an old ledger, which he’s partially covered and painted over, incorporating the old handwriting into […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Tina

This week’s addict is a blogger and urban sketcher who also hand-binds her own notebooks. Here’s some of her hand-bound books: She’s also used a Rhodiarama notebook as a travel journal: And I love this shot of her travel sketching kit! You can read more on her blog about the handbound sketchbooks and how she […]

Rosa Bonheur Sketchbook

I love the random things I sometimes find from online archives, usually via Google alerts. This one is from the Getty Research Institute: Rosa Bonheur Sketchbook, 1847   Title: Rosa Bonheur sketchbook, 1847. Author/Creator: Bonheur, Rosa, 1822-1899. Creation Date: 1847. Physical Desc.: 1 sketchbook Summary: The sketchbook contains studies of plants, peasants, farm tools, decorative […]

Jodi’s Finished Sketchbook

A tantalizing glimpse of a finished sketchbook: “Just finished a Moleskine watercolour sketchbook. Woo hoo! Nothing beats the feeling of the last mark of your pen on the final page. I know not long ago I said I’d finished another sketchbook but it’s not like I just whipped through a new one. I had actually […]

Pat Perry’s Sketchbook

A great find via Doodlers Anonymous. I love the color and the fine lines, not to mention the enigmatic subject matter. See more at Blog: Inside the Sketchbook of Pat Perry – Doodlers Anonymous.