I have a new favorite book that I want to introduce you to. It is Skywriting Journal by Byron Jorjorian. What caught my eye at the bookstore was the cover. Judging this book by its cover, (okay so I admit to that, do you?) it appears like it is a regular paperback book.
When I flipped through the pages, I was surprised to see that it really is a blank journal. The contents are two-page layouts of sunsets, beaches, deserts and the plains.
The cover of the journal is of a blue sky and those puffy clouds that I hardly ever see in the San Francisco Bay Area. We usually have flat, stringy clouds that make the sky a very light blue-grey. I think it is more like high fog. Anyway, when I look at the cover of this book and flip through the pages, I am transported to the landscapes I don’t see when I look out my office window.
Additional visual elements can be added to the journal pages, if you want. For example, before I wrote on one of the blank pages, I drew a small airplane with people jumping out (wearing parachutes). Then I wrote around them. I found that using a Micron Pigma pen works better than a ballpoint pen because there is some kind of coating on the pages. The pages feel smooth and a bit thicker than a regular paperback book, maybe because of the coating.
I love to create visual journals. I write in blank books and draw or paint, color or some how decorate the pages either before, during or after the writing process. I find that with the Skywriting Journal I am able to bypass that step if I want to. This book really simplifies things because I can just write.
Some days I write on one whole page and some of the pages have two or three day’s worth of entries on them. When I write in this journal I do not concentrate on the length, or even the quality of the words and I don’t edit. The words are just my thoughts at the current moment, a snapshot of what is going on at that time.
My intention in this journal is on writing daily and doing small things that create something great. Like I said before, my writing is not the great thing, it is the process of writing daily that makes it a great thing.
This is a great book for people who want to have a visual journal but are not interested in doing the visual part because you are not ready or you are not confident in your artistic skills.