Lisa Congdon’s Latest Sketchbook

Some excellent sketchbook spreads from Lisa Congdon– I love the density of the patterns: She notes that she uses a Moleskine Sketchbook and glues the pages together with a glue stick to provide extra thickness. I’m curious to try this out– I wonder if the glue adds an extra layer of protection from bleed-through…   […]

New and Improved Penroll!

Remember the Penroll? I reviewed it a while back: The Penroll is part notebook cover, but mainly a holder for pens, pencils or brushes, and an eraser. It is made of sturdy stitched canvas, with small metal clips at the sides that clasp onto your notebook. The design is very simple and un-fussy, with just […]

Happy Thanksgiving… and Black Friday!

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! Hope it is full of family, friends, fun, and feasting before you start thinking about shopping… but once you do… here’s a few gift ideas for your favorite notebook addict–perhaps yourself! Brice Marden Notebooks: I posted about these recently, but hadn’t yet received my own copies of the facsimile […]

Brice Marden’s Notebooks

I’d love to take a look through these:   On a page of his 1964–67 journal, underneath a small cutout of Manet’s 1862 painting of Victorine Meurent, Brice Marden wrote, “Cézanne tried to kill painting by denying forms for the sake of painting. He seems to have come closest to painting painting out … I […]

Richard Diebenkorn’s Sketchbooks

A page from one of Richard Diebenkorn’s sketchbooks– on the day his father died, he drew his hat and shoe and hankerchief: “Thanks to a gift from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, 29 of the artist’s sketchbooks will be on display at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center starting Sept. 9. For over two decades since the artist’s […]

William Turner’s Sketchbooks

I spotted this on Facebook– I especially love the simplicity of the lighthouse image!

Notebook Addict of the Week: Naomi Leeman

This week’s addict is a designer and illustrator who has filled many Moleskines with collages from her travels, among other things: “For the past several years, I’ve keep a sketchbook that I use for everyday notes, ideas, lists, sketches, as well as travel collages.  I carry it with me everywhere and, recently, it has been […]

Review and Giveaway: Zettel Notebooks

I was quite excited when the maker of these new notebooks contacted me and offered a sample. They take the common format of a 3-pack of staple-bound pocket notebooks and add a flash of color and a touch of travelogue. Zettel Notebooks are made in Berlin, and each cover is a tribute to a part […]

Basquiat Notebooks

I was so excited several months ago when I heard there would be a big exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum all about Jean-Michel Basquiat’s notebooks. I’d seen some of the images of the notebooks and pages and thought it sounded really cool, but then I read that the notebooks had been carefully disassembled so the […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Ben Hatke

This week’s addict is Ben Hatke, creator of the ‘Zita the Spacegirl‘ series. In a guest post at GeekDad, he talks about the importance of sketchbooks in his creative process: “I can’t stress enough the importance of sketchbooks in my creative work. I think one of the most important things that anyone with an interest […]