I was in Long’s today, for something else and I walked out with a new notebook. It isn’t high quality, and it only cost me three bucks, but it has each page divided in half: half for graph paper and half lined. It’s going to be my beading project book.
I found I needed one of these things about three minutes before, when I found a folder on the same aisle that came with a pad divided into “description,” “drawing”, and “actions for completion” on each page. I wanted the pad but decided that I had no need for the elaborate leather-like folder. Sadly, I couldn’t find the pad just alone. This composition-type notebook is the next best thing, Somewhere to draw my idea, and another place to list colors, materials, stitches, etc.
Let’s see, along with this “Beading Project Notebook” I have a notebook for:
- General drawings, magazine clippings and ideas
- Beading images and colors notebook
- quick pen doodles (where I use obscene amounts of whiteout)
- objective subjects (still life and landscapes), and developed ideas
- Another general subject notebook used for printmaking class
I probably have too many, but I’ve found that If I have an idea or inspiration, I need to record it. Each of these notebooks has a quality level that applies to the subject it contains. For example, the objective subjects etc. notebook is a Moleskine notebook with thick creamy pages and a stiff cover. The quick pen doodles is really cheap, and the general subject notebooks are decent artist’s notebooks. The feel of the paper helps me articulate the idea — whether it’s just exercises, or something more developed.