As one commenter on this video posted, "A slightly unnerving use of animation that nevertheless gives a strangely satisfying glimpse of a 'speaking' Pepys...."
The diary of this naval administrator and Member of Parliament remains one of the finest examples of diarykeeping, giving us a glimpse of his life and times from the mundane to the dramatic. Among the entries are the Great Plague and the Fire of London in 1666. Even his extramarital liaisons with various women were chronicled in his diary.
Today, only a few of us have the luxury of time to keep such detailed documentation. Instead we have smart phones and cameras.
For now, a few short scribbled lines at the end of the day will have to suffice for me.
This is not really a notebook but a guest book at Houghton Hall, a 1772 Palladian masterpiece built by Britain’s first P.M. Other photographs feature the opulent interiors, breathtaking grounds, and captivating curios taken by Jonathan Becker.
Pictured above is an entry by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Exciting development over at Kickstarter where Kline is asking for support to make a sketchbook that features vellum, stock, and/or watercolor paper co-layered into a single hardbound cotton cover.
"KLINE is the first sketchbook or journal to offer co-layered pages in a single binding. If your creativity needs translucent vellum, grid paper, watercolor sheets, or just alternating ruled and blank pages"
Their press release says Kline is also "the only sketchbook to feature a combined glue and ribbon reinforced page binding and theonly line of sketchbooks and journals to be made with renewable cotton."
As of this hour, the project has received $9,400 in pledges of the $15K they're asking for. With 39 days more to go, I think the goal is very much within reach for this ambitious range.
I'm intrigued by this "stone paper" range of notebooks and journals called "Ogami" The official site says this kind of paper is derived from calcium carbonate, using "a simple process involving water and non-toxic resins to create a revolutionary material."
The mineral is undoubtably abundant and "tree-free" which appeals to many of us. Bonus points for being bleach-free, waterproof and recyclable.
I knew there was a difference but never bothered to check. A friend just shared a link that finally answered my question and probably many of you out there, too.
"A journal is much more personal than a diary. A journal contains feelings, emotions, problems, assurances and is pretty much used to examine one’s life. Diary writing is a daily activity whereas journal writing can be done whenever the writer feels the need to write."
Gratified to note that I keep both, though the journal contains more sketches and graphics than text.
Many of you are probably aware of the flooding here in Chicago caused by torrential spring storms that lasted all day yesterday and through most of last night. Well, I'm ok and I just recovered these treasures from a friend's flooded basement where I've kept some of my stuff from the other blog (Moleskinerie).
I will be giving these and other similar items away soon in a contest. Stay tuned!
Contemporary art magazine Hi-Fructose interviewed artist Laurie Hogin about her sketchbook, a wellspring of incredible ideas, many of which eventually become artworks.
" I’ve been a committed keeper of a sketchbook at certain times in my life, but in the last two or three years the activities that should be located in sketchbooks: doodling, small drawings, half-baked or impulsive plans for larger paintings, lots of note-taking and quotes on topics..."