Dawn DeVries Sokol


Ah, to Doodle!


I got a question from Ingrid:

really curious about what kind of books you use to journal in: are they
spiral bound? A regular notebook with blank pages? An old book? Loose
sheets? Or do you mix it up?
I'm rather tight on money and am always looking for the "perfect" thing
to use.. but I'm not quite sure what that is. I need something that is
sturdy enough to hold paint and glue and collage and writing and and
I'd love to bind my own loose sheets, but I don't know how to do that.
Any advice?

Hi, Ingrid! I bind my own journals, using the Teesha Moore method. She actually has the instructions on her site. Very easy to do...

But REALLY, anything can be a journal. My mom and I just bought my niece a spiral-bound sketchbook at Michaels. It was a larger size and I think it was around $8. The paper was a thicker weight...You can use old books, too, if you want. Just gesso over the pages first. Make sure, too, that the paper isn’t crumbling while handling. That won’t work too well. Barnes and Noble usually have a $1 cart somewhere in their stores. And there’s always Half-Price Books, Goodwill, etc. Oh, and if you use a coffeetable book, you’ll probably want to sand the pages a little before applying gesso...The glossy pages don’t take any mediums too well, at least in my experience. And I’ve known some journal artists to use a regular composition notebook like you find at any Staples, Target, Walmart...You can gesso those pages to use paints on them, etc. Easy, peasy!

Good luck and let me know how it goes!