I’ve been wanting to start a perpetual journal for a while now and I finally dove in! I wanted to do a quick writeup since several friends have asked me about it.
First off, what is a perpetual journal, you ask? It’s the brainchild of Lara Call Gastinger, and in a nutshell you do a sketch (or two!) a week on a two-page spread in a journal. As the years go by your journal fills up with a record of your observations. Lara does botanicals — which is right up my alley — but I think you could fill your journal with whatever you like. (Random fact about me: I served as the president of the Austin Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas for two years.)
- After much debate, I decided to use the Hahnemühle A4 100% Cotton Watercolour Book. I found the best price here at Wet Paint Art — no affiliate, just a shoutout to support a local business.
- It’s 8.3×11.7 inches, which is pretty BIG for me! But I didn’t want to fill up a book too fast and I wanted to be able to sketch tall plants.
- There are 60 pages in a book, so I needed two.
- I started numbering my first book with January 1-7, because I like to be in order. You can set yours up however you like.
- Here’s a handy website with the weeks — just look at the year 2024 if you want to start on January 1st.
- I’m planning to do some drawings and watercolor sketches on each spread.
- Here’s a wonderful podcast with Lara on Journaling with Nature — I recommend listening to it while you’re writing out your weeks!
- Lara taught an online workshop at the 2022 Wild Wonder Nature Journaling Conference that really motivated me to finally start! (Video passes are available for the conference — highly recommend!)
- Here’s a recording of an Instagram live with Lara and Maria from Art Toolkit.
- Find an interview with Lara here at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
- See more examples of perpetual journals at #lgperpetualjournal.
Let me know if you have any questions! I’ll be posting more about the journal in the days to come and I can’t wait to see how it progresses over the years!