I often do these small mixed media collage pieces on the first page of a sketchbook. Although I love the feel and smell of fresh new paper and the anticipation of a new visual journal, that very newness feels just a little bit alien.
As I use the notebook, it acquires a history and becomes a comfortable safe space to experiment in. Usually until I am part way into a sketchbook I don’t feel at ease with it. So most of the pages in this gallery are an attempt to personalise something that feels too new.
My notebooks are a mix of sketchbooks purchased at art supply stores, usually hard bound. Other notebooks I have assembled a mix of papers and had them spiral wire bound at the local print shop. Experimenting with book binding has lead to some sketchbooks being hand bound. Others are unlined Moleskines, but I have stopped using them after I felt the quality dropped a few years ago when they started to bind them in China.
I use both A4 and A5 sized sketchbooks depending upon my mood. I also write in them a as you would a regular journal, but instead of looking inwards, which I find a bit boring, I like to treat my journal more like a note book and record such things as what I encounter in my day, news of the day, books I read, wildlife seen on my morning walk, developments in technology etc . Recently after many years using digital media to create imagery I have returned to simple pencil and paper. I am currently trying to get past being very rusty with my drawing skills.
Anyway I hope you enjoy these page spreads