Monday, February 20, 2006

What do you write in?


Today begins with a new journal. A CLEAN SLATE. New journals are like new socks--because they feel sooooo good. This is another book made by the same artist as the last one, Terry Garrett. What makes this one special? oooh...just look at all that BLANKNESS...even the cover! It makes me look forward to filling it up and making it "me."

After reading a comment from Jana, I started thinking about what the rest of you are writing in. I know some of us have included little glimpses into our creative work spaces by posting photos of our studios and desks and views out windows... it makes me curious about what your journals look like. Of course, the contents are personal...but what does the outside look like? Do you use a spiral bound? Or a computer? Or a sketchbook? Or a composition notebook? Or something you made yourself? What do you use? If you're willing, post a photo of it on your blog. We don't get to hang out with each other in the flesh and blood, but it seems like a person's journal says a lot about them. Leave me a comment or a link so I'm sure to see your photo if you post one. It would be fun to catch a glimpse into your morning pages life. And please, don't think your journal needs to be fancy or jazzy or anything in particular--I find even the most simple journals interesting! A journal is a work of art just by being itself. :)

24 Comments:

Blogger megg said...

Hi there! I don't have a morning pages journal anymore but I will scan & show you my journals when I get a chance! I'm envious of your blank one but they scare me a little. It takes a lot before I can write in a blank journal.

11:25 AM  
Blogger Blue Dog said...

thanks megg! i can't wait to see! hope you're having a wonderful day. :)

11:28 AM  
Blogger Leah said...

oo, what a cool idea. i did a post about my journals back in december, but i'll make another. fun. :-)

3:16 PM  
Blogger daru said...

that's a great idea....i'm curious to see as well...i'll be posting mine soon :)

4:04 PM  
Blogger Blue Dog said...

kat: i didn't come across your blog until january so i missed your first posting, but i went back to look--they are all interesting--every one of them! i started a my first diary when i was 6 also. i wish i still had it.

daru--i'm looking forward to it! :)

4:26 PM  
Anonymous donna said...

I've posted a photo of mine here:

http://www.woodka.com/2006/02/20/what-do-you-write-in/

7:22 PM  
Blogger Cate said...

Hi! Great topic! This is the first time I've been to your site and I'm really enjoying it!

I have a picture of my journal on my site, a few entries back (http://cathiebyershamilton.blogspot.com/2006/02/sometimes-youve-got-to-do-lot-of.html). I just decorate spiral bound notebooks with pretty paper, quirky fibers, pictures, etc. I write my Morning Pages in it, but I also scribble out the beginnings to stories, writing exercises, quotes.

Have fun filling up your blank book--there's little better than starting fresh, with all of that possibility stretching in front of you!

9:08 PM  
Anonymous krista- the silent k said...

I love love love starting a new journal. I always feel like it is a fresh start too.

8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there-- I posted a pic of mine when I started AW

http://bluepoppy.omworks.com/?ty=2006&sid=333

But I hear you on the journals-- I posted some old ones inspired by some new ones here:

http://bluepoppy.omworks.com/?ty=2006&sid=350

Asta, Elizabeth

9:31 AM  
Blogger HoBess said...

Plain black spiral bound sketch book. There was one with a Monet painting on the cover and many spiral-bound notebooks. All previous versions had lined paper, but looking at the pages some of you have shared I thought I'd give myself some space to draw this time and am discovering there are actually some drawings that can make it out of me! (They even are starting to resemble what's in my head!) If I ever get one finished I'll post it. THANKS!

9:39 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Wonderfully plain, black spiral bound book. I gave up lines and now it's just plain blank pages.

At the beginning of the AW I bought myself a whole box of 12 at a great price, story here:
http://unagicat.blogspot.com/2006/01/gift-to-my-artistwriter.html

I don't draw or color - a couple years ago used big fat crayola markers to do the pages but now I just use ballpoint pens - either Pilot Easy Touch medium or Papermate Flex Grip ultra medium. They both write fast!

I am about ready to start a new book too...I love that first page of writing in a new book!

11:31 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

My journal is blue with pink pages. The cover is dye-cut with three flowers. It is not usually something I’d pick yet I was unusually drawn to it. I bought it at a little store on clearance and it was marked down to 50 cents because the back cover was a bit bent. I posted a picture of it on my blog today...

6:58 PM  
Blogger eliza said...

i was inspired here to post a picture and a little bit of writing about my journal. i love it so. thanks for asking.
http://sixfootone.blogspot.com/2006/02/my-journal.html

10:39 AM  
Blogger GreenishLady said...

Hi. I've just left some pictures and a bit about my journals on my blog. Thanks for asking about this. I love seeing people's notebooks, like artist's pallettes and brushes, I suppose.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I love this! Thanks for asking everyone to share!

http://reebeckisupergirl.blogspot.com/2006/02/where-i-write-blue-dog-asked-us-to.html

11:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I have posted a photo of my journal on my blog today also. :)

12:35 AM  
Blogger Kara said...

Hi Blue Dog - great idea. Come see my trunk of journals. :-)

10:46 AM  
Blogger artjunk~ said...

oh, fun! I'm a fragmented journaler though. I keep lots of them around. I admire those who can start one and finish before buying another! Anyhow, I also keep photo journals for inspiration. I will share the one I've been keeping for last year on ideas for my home/art space. It's interesting that I looked back in it and saw that I did some of the things. There is really alot of power in getting these things down. It's like brain washing for me. If I write it down, I commit to it! I'll post in a few minutes. Nice blank journal there--I haven't been able to trust myself to buy yet another blank one!

11:59 AM  
Blogger Maxly said...

I am liking this--and here is my first journal that I used for the AW: http://maxmickmo.blogspot.com/2006/01/and-in-beginning.html

I am on my second, which I will post and will probably need a third.

8:16 PM  
Blogger HoBess said...

OK ... thanks to you I drew three things this week ... and one of them actually got finished today. I'm a word person ... I actually watched to college instructors argue this in front of me "She's a writer!" "No, she's a designer!" Actually, I'm both! So thanks! Thanks! THANKS!

http://booandbunny.blogspot.com/

9:03 AM  
Blogger LoriLaurieLauri said...

Well, I have 3 at the moment...one for AW that I got at B&N...just a regular lined journal with a pink plaid woven cover. I also have a black leather one that has the black leather straps that tie around it. That's my favorite one. Then, I keep a moleskine one in my backpack that goes everywhere with me, so if something hits me while I'm out I can whip it out and write it down.

9:12 AM  
Blogger chest of drawers said...

Here´s my journal post...
http://chestofdrawers.blogspot.com/

3:35 PM  
Anonymous SB said...

I've done a roundup of these great posts at Watermark. I wanted my non-AW readers to have a chance to see them!

10:36 AM  
Blogger Niki said...

I have posted pictures of my journals and my first journal entry from 1976! I usually use empty books. Thanks for bringing this up so we can all share.

9:51 AM  

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