A lot of people think I'm kind of nuts that I still draw all my designs by hand instead of using all the fancy computer programs available. But, drawing by hand is my most favorite part of the design process. I love the feel of the paper, how my brain tells my hand to guide the pencil, how I get lost in a song and end up doodling something fun. A computer mouse and keyboard just aren't the same. Plus, what I draw and write on paper is always there...always.
Of course, my blog is my online journal which I share with you, but in addition, I also keep a handwritten journal. My dear friend, Karen of Rabbits Eat Quilts, made this for me as a gift. I absolutely love it and I can refill it with notebooks as I go.
Have you seen the show TV show, Grimm, that comes on Friday nights? David and I love watching this show. If you have seen it, you know that Nick often goes to his aunt's camper to research a particular "Vessen" by looking through all the old sketchbooks and ledgers his aunt created.
I love how those books look. They are old, worn, and filled with wonderful drawings. Often I envision what it would be like to be surrounded with all those books. I would find a comfy spot, grab a cup of tea and get lost in the magic of the pages.
I decided I wanted a book like that. A book where I would draw and doodle and write down whatever I wanted about the week. I decided I would call it my "Book of Sundays." Starting in the new year, I will sit down every Sunday with my book and spend thirty minutes or so sketching, coloring and writing whatever wants to hop out of my head. So much of my days are spent designing and writing instructions for Folk Art Fusion, that I rarely do anything else. I want to do something that is just for fun and just for me. I actually think this is a good way to keep my creative juices flowing. It's easier to let things flow when there is no deadline attached to it.
This is the book I purchased from an artist. It is entirely handmade. The cover looks and feels like leather, but it isn't. The design was punched into the material. The pages are perfect for pen, pencil and even paints. It measures 13" x 10" so I have plenty of space to play.
See ya Friday for Hoppy Friday. I already know one thing I'm grateful for...Geek Squad. They spent 6 hours today fixing my computer. It sure is nice not needing Tech Support for my fingers. ;)
Michelle and the Bunnies