This year one of my goals was to start using a "desk journal" or sketchbook to document what I am doing. I have tried to do this before but have never felt successful. Lisa Call in her blog "Make Big Art" has been running a very interesting series about artists and their sketchbooks and I have been following that.
Some artist have lots of different books for different activities, I tried that and it didn't last. I just spread lots of books everywhere and I could never find the one I wanted. So I knew I really needed to function with just one book. And I discovered I needed to call it my "Desk Journal" - now it stays on my desk which I try to tidy at the end of each day. And I have a system for that now as well.
I started by organising my page with a panel to make notes in and I stuck actual samples into my book. Ideas that I really liked.
And I printed photographs that I particularly liked and related to particular work. That was actually a hassle because I went uptown to get the photos printed and it held up my actions.
My "Desk Journal" kept on going - woohoo. It never had before.
I used it to make a potential daily plan and to make notes about waterproof pencils that look like fun to work with.
I photographed my papier mache bowl and printed it A5 size and put in in my journal, added my notes about the work and what I will do differently next time and I have a working "Desk Journal".
There are some things I will change as I go along, ie I will make my pictures smaller but for now this is great. I love that it is sequential, that everything is there and I only have one book.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo