2018 was my first foray into full-on DIY planner/journaling; also known as bullet journal-ing. My book was a $5 everyday special from Michael's called a Purple Dot Journal by Artist's Loft. I loved this book. It held up extremely well to watercolor and Crayola supertips and the bevy of pens I tried in it. There were a couple of times where ink bled through to the other side but not enough to stop using the journal. I highly recommend this journal for people just joining the community and for all kinds of journaling.
The cover is hardback and plain. I decorated this with gold and silver paint pens, a black sharpie, and donated stickers of women from around the world and cute little owls from my BFF.
However, this year, I decided to make my everyday book a Seven Seas "CROSSFIELD" A5 Grid Journal. It has the famous Tomoe River paper and 480 pages of it. Now I can include all my research notes and endlessly drone on and on when I journal. I can't wait. The Tomoe River paper comes highly recommended for fountain pen users. It is the 2nd reason I chose this book. I am a calligrapher and like to write with actual calligraphy pens and ink, on occasion, and the Artist's Loft pages couldn't take it. I ended up gluing some pages together because of some extreme bleed-through.
I LOVE the crinkliness of the watercolor pages, the embossing gives the page texture, and I embrace the ghosting whole-heartedly. (Nanami has a fix for "show through", if you're interested.)
FIRST & SECOND
One of the very first things I do when I get a new notebook is to designate four pages in the very back for a Pen Test. It doesn't matter that I've tested the same pens in another book that is exactly the same, I do it again anyway. This serves 2 purposes:
1.) I use new pens I didn't have when I obtained the first book and
2.) It breaks the anxiety EVERYONE usually feels about first writing in a blank book.
Pen Tests let you know just how much ghosting there will be and if any of your pens will bleed through. Here are my pen tests for 2019.
I also run a water brush over all the writing to see if the water and ink from the pen will cause bleed through. It looks like I'm golden with every pen, so far. The next thing I do is a book blessing and protection.
June 18 - Mazu - "a tutelary deity of seafarers, including fishermen and sailors, her worship spread throughout China's coastal regions and overseas Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia. She was thought to roam the seas, protecting her believers through miraculous interventions. She is now generally regarded by her believers as a powerful and benevolent Queen of Heaven."
Information from Wikipedia
June 17 - Rauðkembingur - Of all the illhveli, or evil whales that ply Icelandic waters, the Raudkembingur (“red comb” or “red crest”) is the most savage and bloodthirsty. It may not have the size or raw power of some of the other whales, but it is unmatched in ferocity and determination to harm boats. As with all illhveli, the raudkembingur is an abomination, and eating its inedible flesh is forbidden. Boiling its meat causes it to disappear from the pot."
Information from A Book of Creatures
June 16 - "Amphitrite was the goddess-queen of the sea, wife of Poseidon, and eldest of the fifty Nereides. She was the female personification of the sea--the loud-moaning mother of fish, seals and dolphins."
Information from Theoi.com
June 15 - “Blue holes are... named for the dramatic contrast between the dark blue, deep waters of their depths and the lighter blue of the shallows around them.” “The Great Blue Hole is a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 70 km from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is... 318 m across and 124 m deep.” ~Wikipedia
June 13 - The blue dragon (Glaucus atlanticus); a type of mollusk known as a nudibranch; it rarely grows larger than three cm long; an air bubble stored in its stomach keeps it afloat; it floats on its back, exposing its brightly colored underbelly to airborne predators; It's favorite snack is the Man O’ War and once it ingests it's stinging cells it becomes a greater threat than the Man O’ War.
Chosen because of my friend, Scott.
Info and inspirations from PBS.org
June 12 - "Humpback whales are about the size of a school bus; known for their haunting & melodic songs & for breaching the water with amazing acrobatic abilities. the name comes from the large hump that forms when they arch their backs before making a deep dive into the ocean. The scientific name, Megaptera novaeangliae, means "big-winged New Englander."
Chosen because I recently watched Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Inspired by a photo by Jonathan Kingston
Information from LiveScience.com
June 8 - Leafy Sea Dragons; found along the coasts of Australia w/ long leaf-like protrusions that serve as camouflage; A protected species since 1987; endangered by pollution, industrial runoff, & collection for the aquarium trade.
Inspired by a photo on AnimalSake.com
June 7 - Ichthyosaur - Nevada's State Fossil (1977) - Air-breathing reptiles that inhabited seas and oceans all over the world during the Mesozoic Era (252 to 66 million years ago). The Pacific Ocean covered portions of the west, including present-day Nevada.
Inspired from photo on the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park website - Info from there, as well.
June 6 - Baby Hawaiian bobtail squid; nocturnal predators that hunt for shrimp near coral reefs. The squid provide food/shelter to glowing bacteria in exchange for their bioluminescence which helps create a camouflage called counter-illumination.
Doodle inspired by this photo from Mark R Smith of Macroscopic Solutions
Info from: Laboratory News
June 5 - Just about every culture in every century has myths about mermaids and mermen. The very first was a God called Oannes from Babylon in the 4th century B.C.E. From Assyrians, to Greeks, to Norsemen, and to Columbus; sightings of mer-people were probably Manatees. Manatees are the ocean's largest herbivore and are closely related to elephants. These gentle, graceful, slow moving mammals frequent coastal, warm waters and their largest threat comes from being accidentally hit by motorboats or entanglement in fishing nets. Doodle inspired by this photo
June 4 - "Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems. They have been called the "rain-forests of the sea" and the "big cities of the sea". The greatest threats to reefs are rising water temperatures and ocean acidification linked to rising carbon dioxide levels."
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Info from The Ocean Portal Team at the Smithsonian NMNH
June 1 - Horses were a gift from Poseidon, Greek God of the sea. There are many differing myths as to how they are associated. My favorite is that he was trying to create the most beautiful creature for Demeter. The earth is littered with his gorgeous creative attempts before achieving the horse. By the time he finished, he had lost interest in Demeter. Another myth is that he struck a rock with his trident and the very first horse, Skyphios, was created. Doodle inspired by this photo
Pinterest doodle collections have got to be one of the greatest things ever! I LOVE all of these.
For my weekly trackers, I've switched them with my monthly trackers. Instead of writing WSM or RWeb (client and web/social media) out practically every day, I put it in a small box. This first week, it is in the left bottom corner which made my elaborate day of the week names kind of mush together, so I'll be fixing that next week.
12. Jumping the Besom
14. Marigolds, Violets, Primrose
15. Horned God
16. World Egg
19. Honey Bees
20. Great Rite
I was unable to complete this self challenge and hope I am able to return to it through the coming months.
Erma has been drawing she was a small child. She received lessons in chalk pastels at age 7, taught herself calligraphy at age 11, and learned the basics of figure drawing at age 13. She became a professional calligrapher in 1995.
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