Playing with a limited palette in my journal: black, white & gray
"Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed."
5x8" gridded moleskine journal, explorations in black, white & gray
I've been working for the past few months in a gridded journal, carrying it in the car, in my purse, along with a pencil case full of black, gray and white markers, pencils and pens. I'm about 20% into the journal and still have not succumbed to using the white pencil or marker. But they are there for back-up when I run out of ideas. If I run out of ideas. Which I highly doubt! Because ideas build upon each other, they grow and otherwise segue and morph and envelop and branch tangentially until I fill a page. When there is no more space, or the page seems to be visually balanced, I flip to the next and start again.
There is no magic formula that I follow when I do these pages, it's just an organic thing with intersecting and adjacent lines. According to my calculations, one page takes 1 to 4 days, all told. But not at one sitting. Like in multiple micro-drawing sessions. 15 minutes in the car in line at carpool. 30 minutes at the coffee shop. 15 minutes before I fall asleep. Another 20 minutes waiting at another school. 40 minutes in a waiting room. An hour before falling asleep. 15 minutes while waiting on hold with some government agency, cable provider or other such entity.