I’m visiting someone in BC, Canada and have a stunning view of the rockies from panoramic windows. While distracting, the inspiration is filling me with creativity. This little painting was for Colour Collective last week, and the colour I had to use was Viridian (green).
After many years of good intentions, I’ve finally started to paint flowers. These are my first attempt:
I’ve launched a giveaway for a chance to win a Moleskine cahier pocket journal that I’ve altered/illustrated! The giveaway is worldwide, and closes on December 5th 2015.
If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this unique, one-of-a-kind altered Moleskine journal, please enter via this link: Digibloom Small Business Journal Giveaway!
I’ve been working my socks off illustrating Moleskine journals this past week. Here are two of my very recent additions to my Etsy shop.
I Like People Who Smile When It’s Raining – a cute lilac pocket journal featuring raindrop elves and the words “I like people who smile when it’s raining”, revisiting a sentiment of mine from back in 2008 that I once made illustrated prints of. This is the first time I’ve worked with a pastel coloured journal cover, and have a yellow one, and pink one waiting to join the pastel trio!
The River From Which She Rises – for this grey pocket journal I illustrated the beautiful, sombre poem ‘Lorelei’ by Sylvia Plath. An excerpt:
“Deep in your flux of silver
Those great goddesses of peace.
Stone, stone, ferry me down there.”
I hope you like them! I’d be interested to know which you prefer – my cartoon style journals or the more sombre, detailed pencil style journals?
I was going to wait to post about my involvement until I received my own copy of the new book I Love Stationery by Charlotte Rivers; but yesterday the book was featured on The Guardian website, including my Goblin Market poem inspired Moleskine journal. I’ll post properly about the I Love Stationery book when it’s in my hands – I have seen a copy, and it’s lush.
Here’s a screenshot from The Guardian feature Worth its weight in paper: I love stationery, yesterday:
Also featured in the article are illustrators Gemma Correll and Thereza Rowe, whose work I adore.
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.
Illustration for a wedding invitation, for a couple getting married in Scotland. Finished version has hand-drawn lettering.