As the year draws to a close, I’ve gathered the various books I’ve filled in 2019. Based on the properties of the folders into which I’ve saved the scans, I’ve done about 208 Urban Sketches and 159 others, of various types. That’s 367. There are some more that I know I never scanned, mostly from Drink & Draw…so just a little more than one per day on average.
Journals and notebooks
Since March 2019 I’ve been using ordinary composition books as my journal. I mostly get them at the UW bookstore as they have a graph grid rather than lines. I’ve been covering them with scrap booking paper that is either of colors and designs I like or fits the month. I don’t care that the paper is probably not archival. I don’t keep these more than two or three years. After about a year or so I digitize and then shred them.
For example, for June and October, for those covers I made maps of the trips I took during those months.
They are what’s known as “commonplace books”. The entries are a combination of some of my thoughts, a record of the day, as well as bits of ephemera and clippings.
At the top are my Field Notes everyday books. I have three sets. At left is the Every Day Carry (EDC) in my purse in a home-made Traveler’s Notebook like cover with Traveler’s Notebook inserts. In the middle is a notebook that stays in my art bag. On the right is the notebook for the Museum of Flight with Apollo covers since we had the “Destination Moon” exhibition from the Smithsonian. Not pictured are the notebooks for my Star Wars costuming group and for Fort Nisqually as I’ve not participated much this year. In summary, I keep a separate Field Notes book for each endeavor.
For Urban Sketching, I mostly use disc bound notebooks in A5 and US Letter size. They are Circa Sliver books from Levenger.
I use the Circa punch to insert the pages, remove them as the book gets full, and archive them in envelopes. The paper is mostly 100% cotton, 140 pound Legion Stonehenge Aqua. I also have some Canson Mixed Media for ink or pencil drawings that have little, if any, watercolor.
However, for the trip to Michigan in June I made 3 small bound books with cardstock covers, each with one signature. They are at top right. Below them is the last page of a sketchbook which held the 2 year long Project Welcome Home series. This was the Museum of Flight’s endeavor to build a Viet Nam Memorial Park which I documented in sketches.
For the Drink and Draw modeling events, I use a variety of sketchbooks, mostly mixed media. I also use these sessions for testing paper, as I’m doing with the Moleskine watercolor book at top left.