Friday, August 28, 2009


Hope you have a fantastic day Mitzi!!! Happy Birthday chickie!!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hi there!

I just wanted to jump in and say hello! I'm looking forward to this swap and can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. I've got a couple ideas for themes but still haven't decided for sure. Does everyone have a theme picked out?
My blog is called Black Cat Designs in case you want to see who I am.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Welcome Gina!

ok, gang! Gina Ressner will be my co-host for this exchange...she's got lots of mail art experience, so between the two of us, we should be able to figure this out!  ;) I'll let her introduce herself...

Please get me your email addy's and your mailing addy's so we can get you added on here, otherwise you won't be able to post other than in the comments section.

Also..I'm pretty sure I picked my theme....Dreams and Nightmares....have y'all picked your themes yet? i can't wait to hear them...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Getting started.....

Plan to get your journals sometime this week so you can start working on them.  I'd like to have our 1st mail out date to be September 21st....that gives everyone 3 weeks to get a journal, pick a theme, and do a few spreads* before we start mailing them...

One thing you may want to create on the very 1st page of your journal is a sign in page, for everyone to sign in order that they do their art, so you know whose art is whose 50 years from now! ;)  there are some great sign in pages as part of those moley exchanges...i don't know if anyone noticed them.. there a great one for a fairy tale themed book that the gal had drawn the princess and the pea, and everyone signed on a of course i can't find it. ah, well...i'll find another one to give you an example...

i hope that link works.

* a spread, for anyone not familiar with the term, is the back of the left page and the front of the right page used for one work of, if your book is laying open and flat, your drawing would cover the whole thing, not just the right side... does that make sense?

i need all your mailing addresses......put them in my inbox on FaceBook! ; )

have a great day! good luck picking a theme...i know i already have waayyyy too many floating around in my head! it's gonna be hard to chose! so, hopefully we can do a few more exchanges!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

One more thing....

Start thinking of a theme for your journal! it doesn't have to be could even just be that people use a specific color for their art in your journal.....but the theme will be what inspires each of us for your journals, so think about what you would like to see illustrated! ;)

Journal/Sketchbook Recommendations

So, I know I had y'all google all Moleskine exchanges...they are the most popular to exchange with...most people use the Japanese accordian sketcbook they have.

I'm not going to recommend starting with that type of journal, unless all you reallly want to, for a couple reasons:
1. the japanese accordian book only comes in 3.5 X 5 inches.....and that is reallllllly tiny, especially if you've never really done a lot of journal work.

2.Moleskine sketchpaper is like a really heavy cardstock, almost like a manila folder, and has a bit of a waxy coating on it that can be difficult to adjust to at 1st

3.they're expensive.

Don't get me wrong....i love moleys, but for a 1st exchange, i would hate to see everyone struggling to work with the size and paper more than enjoying the exchange...

so, I'm going to recommend the Hand*Book journals....they are Moleskine knockoffs, at half the price! I love them! They don't make an accordian version, but i think just working in a regular sketchbook format will be ok the 1st time around.....if we want the accordian next time we can switch to the moleskine, or make them ourselves.

Hand*Books can be picked up at Hobby Lobby(although i noticed last time i was in there, they've tremendoulsy reduced their stock) and usually you can get a 40% off coupon online for them....however if you would like the full range of sizes and shapes, David art supply on Vet's carries them, and i can pick one up for you next time i'm over there(if we all decide to go with this as our journal, of course) they come in portrait format, landscape format, and square that gives y'all quite a few creative options.

The paper is amazing...cream colored, and could probably stand up in a hurricane...i haven't found one medium that bleeds through the page, which is very important when trying to keep from damaging a previously done page or messing up the next page for someone else.... maybe markers might bleed? like a sharpie? but those aren't great for journals anywho....

i have several Hand*Book sketches of my own going right now, so feel free to check them out and see how they take paints, pen, graphite, etc:
go to the art journals tab, and then the hand*book tab.....

so let me know what you guys think! if there is a particular journal you were hoping to work in other than this, that is totally fine! it's your journal after all...i'm simply just here to coordinate the ride! we don't all have to have the same type of journal...i know how it is to have a an old favorite....

Art Journal Exchange

Ok, gang...I've had this blog forever and never did anything with it, so we may as well put it to good use for our journal exchange! :)

I'll be posting stuff here to get us going, so stay tuned for more details!

Start thinking of themes for your journal now! ;)