Art journals right now are filled with color, layered with texture–each page is painted, layered, inked, stamped, collaged. It’s a wonderful, colorful looks that makes books thick with layers. It’s practical if you are in a studio surrounded by equipment. But what if you are just sitting somewhere, with a pen and a journal?
I’ve always loved a minimalist look. And now that I’m experimenting with loose-leaf journals, I’m also exploring minimalist pages. There’s a big history of minimalism in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and American art. There is a lot to explore. I want to design a page so there is room for words and images, using as little as possible in the way of design. I want to leave room for writing. Below is a sunrise landscape I tried with a Micron marker, leaving lots of room for writing. Maybe I’ll add color later.
Almost none of my journal pages show people. I know right now it’s popular to have long-necked, big-eyed women gazing out from journal pages. Again, in this minimalist phase I’m in, I want to explore the suggestion of people, creating spaces inside the image outlines to write. I like the idea of an outline holding my thoughts. I like the idea of hinting at the spiritual aspect of people by just suggesting a form, and letting imagination flood in.
–Quinn McDonald is exploring loose-leaf, minimalist art journals. And a lot of other ideas.