|I tried to get a bit of all 28 journals in the shot...|
Let's look at a binding breakdown of the 28 journals currently weighing down my bookshelves:
- 9 handmade by me
- 6 commercial/pre-made (spiral bound)
- 5 altered books
- 2 commercial/pre-made (sewn binding)
- 2 loose leaf collections
- 2 ring binders
- 1 Moleskine
In the last week, I worked in 6 of the 28 journals and of that 6, there are only two that I work in every single day. The vast majority of the remaining journals are only opened every few months and yes, there are a couple that I haven't visited in over a year (or two). Still, one of my life goals is to see all of these journals through to the end. Is that possible? Yes. Probable? ummm....
In addition to my journals, I have 20 sketchbooks currently in progress. The stats on these are far different. 15 are commercial spiral-bound sketchbooks (most with black hard covers). 4 are altered books and 1 is a commercial -made, sewn bound notebook. I use my sketchbooks to plan big projects, drawing, cartooning, brainstorming, testing products & techniques, and taking notes on classes, business, or supplies. A little over half are filled only with my drawing and doodling. In the others, collage is only used to add in notes or inspiring images. Otherwise, most of the content is by my own hand. I work in many of these every day.
I also have dozens of blank journals waiting in the wings for the perfect project, too many to count. In fact, I think you could safely label me a "blank journal hoarder." Oh well...as I often tell my son, there are far worse things to collect.
So there you have it...hope that answered your question Trece and now that you all think I'm crazy, I'm off to work in one of those journals...