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Taking Stock

Out of curiosity and the whole year-end look back, year-ahead look forward thing, I pulled out all of my art journal pages + moleskines + journals from every basket, shelf, nook + cranny.

I found 9 journals and moleskines full of doodles and mandalas.

A stack of stitched journals.

Everything but the loose AJ pages is here.

5 bound art journals and altered books.

The exacompta I'm working in now is on top, 90% finished.

The more interesting side of the journals + books above.

These are the 2 moleskines I'm working in at present, 25% filled with watercolors, doodles, mandalas.

All of the loose art journal pages!

The white boxes where I keep loose art journal pages when finished (archival boxes from the container store). I've been doodling since late 2006 and art journaling since the end of 2007. I think. Go collect your journals and photograph them! Optional: add a funny prop like a stuffed giraffe. The perfect way to avoid laundry and other productive activities.

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Reader Comments (13)

what fun! how long have you been making these? it's quite an impressive stack.

{Tammy}: Katie, I've added that to the post (great question)... I've been doodling since late 2006 and art journaling since the end of 2007. I think.

01.7.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkatie

These are wonderful!! I love those white boxes, perfect place to keep and record those drawings! Aren't the moleskine watercolor journals the best?

{Tammy}: Eden, We definitely share a love of the fabulous moleskine watercolor journals. They are consistently yummy.

01.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterEden

Posts like this make me really happy. That's a lot of art happiness!

{Tammy}: luthien, Yes, I wanted to see what everything looked like all in one place. I am quite surprised at the number of journals. I'm happy that it made you happy!

01.8.2012 | Unregistered Commenterluthien

Oh wow, Tammy, what an awesome post. Love all the stacked journals and colours put together! This is so inspiring, and it makes me happy to see your work together like this. Only thing missing is the stack of index cards! Thank you for sharing your piles and much of its content on your blog.


{Tammy}: Hanna, The other day you counted your journals I think and said that you started to number them - I am such a list person that I think I should make a list of them... Good catch - I forgot to photograph all of the index cards and also the accordion books I've made over the past several years. Another post!

01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenteriHanna

Wow, I thought I was journal crazy. You win! They are beautiful, thanks for sharing!

{Tammy}: Katherine, If you are a journal addict, I hope you will photograph your stack of journals too! I was really surprised to see how it all looked together, I really didn't think I had finished so many journals... thank you for stopping by!

01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

This post made me smile. I love to see all your work put together. Congratulations on being not just an awesome artist, but a very prolific one, as well!

{Tammy}: Erica, You have been such a sweetie, with your kind words and comments, so thank you for your support. It's funny because I just draw and paint a little at a time. It all adds up.

01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErica

loving all your work together like this, congratulations!

{Tammy}: Jaki, Thank you for your kind comments. It does feel like a journal celebration, let's all celebrate our journals!

01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaki

Impressive! Completed journals are so inspiring to me...I jump around too much!

{Tammy}: Cindi, Jumping around is super fun too! As long as you are creating something, somewhere, and it bring you joy, go for it!

01.8.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindi

Seeing this pile of books makes me smile--it's wonderful to see your art spreading around your whole life. Books, loose leaf pages--lots of heartfelt work, well done!

{Tammy}: Quinn, Thank you for stopping by, and I do like that art has crept into every nook and cranny, and I had no idea when I started... no idea what joy all of this art would bring.

01.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterQuinnCreative

I'd love to know more about your loose art journal pages. I'm thinking that might be something that would interest me in regards to putting together an "art journal/scrapbook of our year."

{Tammy}: Heather, Hello and nice to meet you! Most of my loose art journal pages are on watercolor paper - I like Strathmore series 300 or 400 paper, as it can hold the weight of lots of layers and paint. I like that you can work all the way to the edges of the paper.

01.10.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

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