End of 2016

Happy New Year!  I’m discouraged and concerned by the National and World news.  But I’m hopeful there is also good news and I hope 2017 will have a lot of that, too.  And I’m hoping for many personal good experiences this year, especially with travel and sketch outings.

These last few years I’ve had a tradition of making a group photo of the year’s writing journals and sketchbooks.  This is the first year in about 5 years that I used the same book all year.

For both my writing journal and my sketchbook I use a Circa disc bound notebook.  I use the Junior size, 7 by 8 5/8 inches.  The disc bound system allows for papers to be removed and/or re-positioned easily.

I have a sturdy punch so I can make my own pages as I do not purchase Circa brand paper.  In the journal, I use writing paper recommended for fountain pen by Brian Goulet ( https://www.gouletpens.com/ ).  It is HP Premium Choice Laserjet at 32#.  An 8.5 x 11 inch piece cut in half is perfect for the Junior sized notebook.

The journals are stored by month and kept together with a rubber band.

This system is good to use as a sketchbook because I can vary the papers in one book.  For the past couple months I’ve been testing 4 kinds of paper and have mostly settled on one.  The 3/4 inch discs don’t allow for keeping many 140# pages so I remove them as it fills.  I keep fresh paper in a zippered pouch and add it a page at a time, as I need a fresh one.

The sketchbook pages – sketches – are kept loose in large envelopes, by date.

Included here are an accordion book that was a gift and one Stillman and Birn Beta I took on a trip.

Now let’s go watch the fireworks on TV!

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About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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7 Responses to End of 2016

  1. Hi Kate,
    Neat sketching/journaling system you have there. Thanks for taking the time to show it to us. I hope you have a great 2017 and continue to post your great sketches, particularly those at the Museum of Flight.

  2. joantav says:

    Happy New Year, Kate! Good to see your system of organization.

  3. Tina M Koyama says:

    I know you’ve tried many sketchbooks since I’ve known you, so it’s cool to see that you are happy with this system that you’ve used all year. I remember feeling really relieved and settled when I finally figured out my “system.” Less time fussing and more time for sketching! Here’s to another year of sketching!

    Tina

  4. peggywillett says:

    I love the circa system, too. Great to see how you have adapted it to serve your excellent sketches. Thanks for sharing them here.

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