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My Personal Art, Drawing & Doodle Journal

Updated on August 26, 2015

My personal art moleskin/journal

For about 5 years now I've been keeping a journal.

It's a beautiful handmade creation... with a leather fold over cover... and is about a C5 size. It's also features lovely soft hand made pages inside. It's got so many pages and so far I've filled nearly half.

It's a sketchbook, journal, scrapbook all in one. I originally did it with the thought in mind that it was a litte piece of me to leave behind for my son. But once started I found it a very relaxing, enjoyable and passionate way to pass my time. It's like my form of meditation in my life and I treasure it so much. I realised how much I treasure it when I was thinking the other day.. if there was a threat to our home.... it would have to be photo's and my journal saved first (after my fella and little guy of course) :)

I thought I might share a few select pages from my journal . I hope you enjoy the pages... I will keep adding too.

Pip :)

Pips Art Journal Update - October 2012

So for the past 3 months... day and night I've been furiously filling my artbook/journal!! It's become a pure obsession. Hence why I've not been online nearly as much. All I think about is creating... I'm eating, sleeping, breathing my art right now. I absolutely adore it but I do find myself cocooned from the outside a lot more. I just can't help it... it's like a drive inside me that I have no control over. I'm working on 5 different journals at the moment and I bought a gorgeous large blank handmade journal just 3 months ago and have already filled it... All 50 pages (or more!!)

I'm a little different to most art journallers in that I don't particularly journal so much. I have one diary that I journal in as well as practice techniques but in my main books it's mostly art pieces with a bit of text thrown in here and there.

The last 3 months have been the most prolific as far as my art/journalling goes EVER! I've had a journal on the go since 2007 and it's a beauty but it was a very controlled journal that I did entries in every so often and they were very thought out and personal. But now... I just go for it... I'm sometimes doing up to 3 spreads a day!!  I've even completed at least 10 finished canvases for display.

I just have a fire burning inside me that won't go out. I just create & create & create!! Now I know the feeling of fellow artists I've seen in the past... the ones I'd see that had a burning passion that I always admired but never thought I'd have.... I always thought I had a flicker of a flame but nothing roaring like I saw in a few special others (my own talented Mum being one of them)... but seems the only thing required to make a roaring flame is to just immerse yourself.  Immerse yourself in your flaming passion and the flame will grow and grow and grow!! I've always loved art but never had to live and breathe it prior to now... I have found the deeper I went and the more often I did it... the more I needed and wanted it.

I've been covering every and all techniques. Mixed media, textiles, acrylics, pastel, watercolor, ink, stamps, collage, finger painting,  stencils... everything!!!

And of course I'm finding the more I work the more confident I get and the better I get at my techniques. I used to worry so much about the final outcome of my art... most of the time too scared to do things for fear it would ruin my piece. But once I freed myself by having a book and not worrying about whether it was going to hang on a wall or whether other people would see it... it completely freed me and boy did I love it!!  I no longer cared about what the final piece was going to look like... I only cared about the process.  Because it's actually the process of creating that I believe is the most important.  For me it's like I heal myself through each and every process.  And now I feel so free - I'm feeling so much more stronger in myself!  I finally found my true inner artist and it's out and never wants to go back in!! :)

Here's a glimpse of just a tiny amount of inside my art journal from the last 3 months....

My love of good quotes

So these pages are made up of bits and pieces of my little creations done throughout 2010.

I originally sewed the thread through the page as a test for an idea I had for a poster. I was going to create a quote where I created the text by threading the pages. And the quote was going to be something like "Sewing the Seeds of Love"... I like the idea... but have put it on the backburner... for now.

And the flower below it is an ink doodle I did on A4 copy paper... with fineliner and markers. It was just one of what I call my "Japanese Style Doodles".

Then there's the two post it notes that I inked one day when I found this great quote on the internet. I love it when I find a quote that I relate to... doesn't happen too often... which is why I like to remember those that do.

This quote I thought was fabulous to stop any of those 'feeling sorry for oneself' blues :)

What Art & Creativity Means to Me.

Part 1 (Created 2009)

 This page I created as a way to show in a very small way what art & creativity means to me. Especially since my passion for art and design was re-ignited to a furious flame once my son was born.

It features art by one of my favourite artists - Michael Parkes.

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Playing around with ink. The quote on the shell is my own.

Two more pages from my journal.

Doodle Pip

Some more pages from my journal/moleskin.

=== Doodle Pip ;) ===

=== This one's me playing around with transfers. I had a few months 2 years ago where I couldn't stop buying them! ===

Inked Tree

I finished the tree with inks then realised I'd done it upside down inside the book! - ooops.

Here's a Video I made that shows my day job

Video's of Other People's Moleskines & Art Journals...

Video's of Other People's Moleskines & Art Journals...

Let's Hear what you have to say on the subject please?

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    • bloggerjon profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens and as an artist myself I love this kind of stuff. . .

    • Calliope LM profile image

      Calliope LM 

      7 years ago

      Do you ever take pages out of your journal so it closes flat? my journal is really wavy and a bit out of control I read that some people take some of the pages out so that their collages and stuff don't warp the binding.

    • Pip Gerard profile imageAUTHOR

      Pip Gerard 

      7 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: well I have to admit I haven't worked in it for over a month! Been too busy with zazzle, my wall decal range and logo's... but I love that it's always there for me to go back to. â¥

    • ItayaLightbourne profile image

      Itaya Lightbourne 

      7 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Very lovely art journal! I really need to work in mine more often as you make me miss it. :)

    • Pip Gerard profile imageAUTHOR

      Pip Gerard 

      7 years ago

      @myraggededge: aww thank you so much! Means so much to me that you like it â¥â¥â¥ Appreciate the blessing so very much.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens, gorgeous journal. Blessed by the Art Journaling Squid angel :-)

    • Pip Gerard profile imageAUTHOR

      Pip Gerard 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: You should try it... if you're not so much into creating pictures then create a beautiful journal with words! Use cut outs from magazines, wrapping paper...anything to make it pretty. Believe me.. it's so much fun and so rewarding... you should give it a go.

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      7 years ago

      Love the idea of keeping a journal. The pictures are overwhelming and I loved browsing through the pages with interest - adore your art-journal.


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