The Rhodia Journal Swap #1

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”
John Keats

2012 Rhodia Journal Swap, Daisy Yellow

Working on one page, it is difficult to comprehend that each page is part of a continuum. We are slowly but surely learning to draw better lines. We can't see the bigger picture. Pun intended.

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title page hand-lettering, Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll

title page hand-lettering, Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll

doodle boxes, gelly rolls & microns

doodle boxes, gelly rolls & microns

Twenty-six (26) things you can do in your journal. Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll pen.

Twenty-six (26) things you can do in your journal. Rhodia dot webbie journal, black gelly roll pen.

Working in a 6x9" Rhodia Dot Webbie journal. The paper is deliciously smooth and the dots appeal to my analytical side. Sometimes I use the dots as guides, sometimes not. These pages are from the 2012 Rhodia Journal Swap! Here's how it worked. The folks at Rhodia sent journals to the 12 participating artists. We had a month to fill 6 pages with creative work. Then we mailed the journal to the next person on our list, received a journal in the mail from another person in the chain. We had a month to fill 6 pages in the next journal and so on.

It took over a year to complete the swap and fill a total of twelve journals. The group also kept a blog where we uploaded our pages for the swap as a form of documentation. A swap can be an intense project, so be sure to understand the requirements and expectations of the facilitator before you jump in!