As the nights grow longer and the atmosphere has that familiar autumnal ambience, I notice the moon more. This is the best season. Then again, I say that about every season because each has those beautiful changes in nature that one can observe and admire (with a cup of chai tea mmm.) Do you feel the nostalgia of autumn?
The moon is unhinged
From its pivot. Thoughts hang slack;
With immense longing.
As some are aware I’ve been suffering with creative block for months now, but hooraaah; this change of season, and personal circumstances appear to have me drawing at any given opportunity. I’m talking dormant volcano of creativity and ideas erupting here! (Though please don’t run away from the metaphorical lava, it won’t burn ya.)
Anyway, my point . The moon! Henceforth some lunar-inspired little artworks from the past week. These are special to me; the ravine through the solid ice of creative block. (Yes, love being over-dramatic, thx.)
Check my Etsy shop listings if you’re interested in adopting one
Each ACEO comes with an original hand-written Haiku poem on paper, folded into an origami paper star. I enjoy writing these little poems.
The moon surrounded
With blinking little urchins;
I altered some Moleskine cahier journals too. Here’s one of them. More to show soon once the photos are taken.
Also, on topic, I love this song: ‘The Moon‘ by The Swell Season. Isn’t it beautiful?
Just listed on my page of Moleskine Artist Marketplace, a one-of-a-kind altered/illustrated Moleskine cahier journal depicting a scene from the folktale ‘The Old Man and His Grandson‘ by the Brothers Grimm.
The Old Man and His Grandson is a great moral story about treating others as you would like to be treated. My painting illustrates the hands of both the grandfather and grandson. You can read the story here.
It’s been brought to my attention that someone has been copying my journal concepts and designs and is selling them on Etsy. It’s taken years to develop my concepts and style, by working hard and digging into my imagination! So it makes me sad that someone has come along and copied the results of this. I’d appreciate it a lot if people support me by not accepting imitations
Imitation = limitation!
If you’d like to know more about my journal work, please see this post!
A little photographic insight into my altered Moleskine journal works-in-progress, taken in my north London home.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please feel free to ask/discuss by leaving a comment below.
I now own around 40 personal journals full of drawings, ideas, and writings. I take one everywhere. Somewhere along the way altering and illustrating these journals has become a bit of an obsession.
I’m interested in folktales, nature, music, literature and poetry, and these themes feature in my illustrations often. I’ve been altering and illustrating Moleskine journals for about 4 years now, it’s been fun experimenting and evolving my ideas, and conjuring up new concepts for the notebooks.
I enjoy sharing my journal work. They have been exhibited by Moleskine in London & Tokyo, and at the Colouring Outside The Lines exhibition in Bradford.
Also one of my Goblin Market journals was showcased in the Guardian Observer newspaper recently, which was a lovely surprise!
At the moment all the journals I alter/illustrate are one-of-a-kind designs, using Moleskine kraft/tan cahier pocket notebooks with plain pages. If you have a custom request please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via my Etsy shop.
All photographs by Diana Stainton – please do not use/redistribute without permission.
If you are interested, my most recent one-of-a-kind altered Moleskine journals are for sale in my Etsy shop and my Moleskine shop.
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An ink-illustrated Moleskine cahier journal illustrating part of the fabulous poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, written in 1859. I studied & produced artwork based on this poem for my self-initiated illustration degree project a few years ago and continue to glean inspiration from it.
This one-of-a-kind journal depicts the suggestion of Lizzie being violated by the evil, cretinous goblins.
An excerpt from the poem:
“Lashing their tails
They trod and hustled her,
Elbowed and jostled her,
Clawed with their nails,
Barking, mewing, hissing, mocking,
Tore her gown and soiled her stocking,
Twitched her hair out by the roots,
Stamped upon her tender feet,
Held her hands and squeezed their fruits
Against her mouth to make her eat.”
Each of my altered journals is one of a kind because it is hand drawn (and cut) by me.
Available to buy from my Etsy shop.
Mmm I love the smell of newsprint on a Sunday afternoon…
Lovely surprise in the Observer ‘New Review’ newspaper today, page 7, a feature about Moleskine journal art. A friend Milena kindly informed me that one of my pieces is included. This journal based on the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti is still for sale! The Victorian poem is one of my all time favourites, and it has inspired a great portion of my illustration work from my degree course onwards.
The laptop journal pictured is immense!
Detail image from my journal:
Excerpt from the poem:
“Evening by evening
Among the brookside rushes,
Laura bowed her head to hear,
Lizzie veiled her blushes:
Crouching close together
In the cooling weather,
With clasping arms and cautioning lips,
With tingling cheeks and finger-tips.
“Lie close,” Laura said,
Pricking up her golden head:
We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
Their hungry thirsty roots?”
I present one-of-a-kind Moleskine cahier journals for sale in my Etsy shop and in the Moleskine Artist Marketplace. You can view a selection of my recent journals in my Facebook album.
Some new altered and illustrated Moleskine cahier journals depicting scenes from Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, and a couple of tales by the Brothers Grimm. All of these one-of-a-kind journals are currently available to purchase from the Moleskine website.
Illustrating the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
Illustrating the folktale Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm
Illustrating the folktale Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
Illustrating the poem Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti.
I’ve been working on a series of Moleskine journals based upon quotes from books & songs. Please do let me know what you think?
‘People’s hearts are like deep wells’ (from Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami):
‘I wonder what ants do on rainy days?’ (From the book Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami):
Below is a Valentine’s journal based on ‘love spoons’.
Love spoons were popular in Wales from the 17th to 19th century. They were wooden spoons carved by gentlemen for their sweethearts as a token of admiration (as mentioned in the book ‘Welsh folk tales’ by Robin Gwyndaf.) Needless to say I have been painting wooden spoons as well!