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!