A few days ago I shared my idea with you for keeping a Calendar of Firsts.
I have been so encouraged by how many of you shared, both here and on FaceBook, that you would like to join me in keeping a Calendar of Firsts for 2016.
I promised information on setting up your own calendar of firsts, so here goes.
I used the Moleskine Large Weekly Diary (soft cover) last year & will do so again this year. Please feel free to use any diary you like; you do not need a Moleskine to join in with me. Just beware of any diaries with a glossy finish to the page. They will not take colour well.
The paper is not great; a little thin for nice, splashy watercolour, but the layout is perfect for my needs. You can see in the photo below you have a left side with a week to view & space for each day.
This is perfect for recording the ‘firsts’ that you see in nature, and making wee sketches.
You can also see in the picture above that I also printed out tiny photographs on my printer; these made lovely additions to my sketches.
The right had side page is lined, so I added full-sized photographs to some of these pages.
To others I added a full-sized sketch
Because the Moleskine paper was so thin, I worked these full sized sketches on watercolour, or cartridge paper. This also helped with the mini sketches for the following week, as although I was working on the Moleskine paper, it had some weight to it from the paper glued in the previous week.
Here you can see my lovely 2016 Moleskine. It is a lot thinner than the book that has been well loved this year (see the top picture)
Not essential, but a nice touch, is to add washi tape to each & every page edge in your diary. This makes the pages more substantial, and the edges prettier 🙂
I have several roles of tape; here are a few. Don’t worry about this step, it is not essential.
Here you can see I have added a strip of wash tape to the first page; simply apply half the width of the tape, then fold it over, so it covers the free edge of the reverse page. (I hope this makes sense!)
Here I just need to trim the top & bottom of the tape.
You will also need a waterproof pen; I love this one. The micron pens are great too. Basic sketching supplies of your choice, be that watercolours, coloured pencils, or even pens. You might find an old post, Supplies For Nature Journaling useful.
I think that is everything! Please do let me know if I have missed anything.