Lately I have been writing about my art journaling practice. I am sure it’s because of all the work I put in to reclaiming my art studio which in turn jump started my creativity and got me creating again. Today, however, I want to write about one of the facets of my written journaling practice…
Yeah…believe it or not I have another passion: writing.
For as many art journals as I have — and I have many — I have as many or more written journals. I buy them “just because”:
- Just because the journal is pretty.
- Just because I’m in a bookstore.
- Just because I need a notebook for “this” project…
You get the picture. Today I want to introduce you to my Hobonichi 5-Year Techo (pictured in the banner). It’s similar to a Leuchtturm1917 Some Lines A Day journal. But what is different about the two journals, is the succulent Tomoe River Paper (TRP) that is the 5-Year Techo… This paper is the absolute thinnest paper I have ever seen. However, it takes wet mediums and fountain pen without bleed-through! I can write with my fountain pen and permanent black ink, which tends to be darker and wetter than other fountain pen inks, on both sides of the paper without problem and it still be legible. I have used watercolor and acrylic paints on these pages.
The page you see here has been written on using a Staedtler Triplus Fineliner. These also glide across the page like fountain pens and do not bleed through nor ghost. I actually have 2 of these babies:
- The one pictured is my Gratitude Journal.
- The second one (not pictured) is my Empowerment Journal.
Because this is a 5-year journal, I will be able to keep my gratitude writing in the same volume for the next 5 years. This will allow me to see where I was and what I was grateful for on the same day from year to year. I will be able to see the changes in my Self from year to year and how I evolve. And there is a space for every day of the year — perfect for giving gratitude each and every day of the year.
The other feature of this nifty little journal is a blank page on the right side. It is not dated. Anything can be written on this page. Or it can be used for doodles or other art. This is what I plan to use the right hand page for — to doodle and draw. Nothing heavy… And I recently purchased some professional quality watercolor paints. I can use these pages to practice my watercolor painting as well.
Since I have 2 of these great little 5-year journals, I guess I will watercolor in one and draw in the other. This way I can get better at both at the same time!