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 […]

Plumb Goods Notebooks

Here’s a new line of notebooks that seems to be getting a lot of press: You can buy them here. Via Plumb Goods Notebooks – Cool Hunting.

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 […]

Notebooks in the New Yorker

Lovely little spot illustrations throughout the Dec. 23 & 30, 2013 issue:

Moleskine Monday: Nomi Chi’s Sketchbook

Nomi Chi is an illustrator and tattoo artist in Vancouver. Here’s the outside of a Moleskine sketchbook she filled while traveling over the past year: And here’s just one of the amazing pages from inside: See more at Nomi Chi: Sketchbook update II: The moleskine edition..

A Tiny Pocket Sketchbook

I love these tiny little sketchbook pages, made by Juan Casini, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He describes these as “Drawings and compositions with recicled materials and letraset typefaces, made during trips and vacations.” See more at Pocket Sketchbook. He’s also got some more great sketchbook art at Sauce Sketchbook, […]

Address Book Art

I love the drawing and the address book it’s in! See more at Natalie Krim | Journal 1. 2012.

Diana Balmori Notebooks

I spotted this at McNally Jackson Bookstore in NYC and couldn’t resist: a small paperback book/facsimile notebook full of drawings by landscape architect Diana Balmori. From the publisher’s website (which seems to be the only place to buy the book online): “Notebooks is a record of sketches by Diana Balmori FASLA. Reflecting twenty years of […]

Canson 180° Sketchbook Review

I found this sketchbook at Lee’s Art Shop in Manhattan and was intrigued by the concept: the Canson 180° Sketchbook promises to open completely flat, thanks to a unique binding. When you first spot this on the shelf, you might think it’s a fairly typical Moleskine-ish notebook– the black pseudo-leather textured cover, the 3.5 x […]