Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Here is a page from my larger Moleskine sketchbook with 48 'inchies' I doodled when my eyes were having a good day. Never one to overlook a good idea I discovered the concept of "art journals" earlier this year. This seemed a wonderful solution to my problem of having lots of art projects floating around on untidy bits of paper and the feeling that when I did feel in a creative mood I had to produce something for a wall. An art journal is the perfect solution. My art had a valid home and the whole philosophy of art journaling is to free yourself from restrictions so:
No. 1 Rule of Art Journaling: anything goes.
I started my journal in rather nice 'Pink Pig' A4 spiral bound sketch book I had bought sometime ago, because I loved the cover, but hadn't know what to do with so my first journal was started. But then on flickr everyone was talking about moleskines, which I had never heard of. Well after a quick 'google' to the Moleskine site I had to have one or two or three. I am not one usually to jump onto a bandwagon, but I have to admit I am hooked.
 "Inchies" are another thing I discovered on flickr and as a veteran doodler the idea of producing a one inch square of art really appealed so I had to have a go. I posted my first attempts onto my flickr page and then kept a few ready cut blank inchies for those moments when I wanted a little doodle.
And then there is my pocket size notebook moleskin which is just for me - and an occasional share.
Here is yesterday's page.

I try and write/draw/paint/doodle in it most days.
Oh then there is my Art journal calendar... another time I think...

landscape inchies
Landscape Inchies
marvin inchies
Marvin Inchies


marigold jam said...

Oh Jill - how pleased I am that you posted about your art journal. As I mentioned in my comment the other day I hadn't known what one was but having looked it up on the 'net I decided that this might be a good idea for me too for similar reasons to yours ie keeping all my ideas and samples in one place and not feeling that I MUST make them into anything but just enjoy for their own sake etc.

Love your inchies especially the landscapes but no maybe it's the cats I prefer!!

Jane x

Michelle said...

Your inchies are OUTSTANDING! Just needed to pop in here and say that! Michelle (of Lost Coast Post)

Menopausal musing said...

What a lovely concept "inchies" are....... just lovely.... I had never heard of them........... Same goes for art journals...... THANK YOU FOR SHARING!