Nullus Dies sin Linea

As Emily Michie wrote, some people draw  and color in their bullet journals.   She and I, on the other hand, shy away from decorating our planners that way.  Planners are so public.  When you pull them out people can’t refrain from discreetly looking them over.  Who wants to display a poor drawing, or even look at it for the rest of the year?  Much better to confine them to a separate sketchbook.

My amateur artistic pursuits make me pickier about my planner accessories than most people.  The texture of your paper and the opacity of your pigment very much affect the quality of your finished artwork.  Once you’ve experienced the difference, you can’t help but judge all your writing accessories by the same standard.

Because it’s Accessories April I went looking for interesting materials about pens.  I’ve found three interesting books online that offer a historical perspective on how artists have put ink onto their paper over the last few centuries.

Besides telling me how to erase sketches with breadcrumbs and how to make my own crayons, the Guide to Pictorial Art made an important point for anyone who wants to improve in any pursuit.

Nullus dies sin linea

In English that phrase means “no day without a line.”  In other words, don’t let a day pass without drawing or painting something somewhere.   Every day.  Anything you want to do better, you must resolve to do it every day, even if you do so badly.

So if you’re truly serious about being more organized, you must use your planner.  Every day.  As the Speedball book says

You may be an amateur-
You may be an expert-
You must know or will learn This:
–the more work you can do,
–the better you can do it,
–the quicker you can do it.




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