Thursday, November 4, 2010

My First Moley Exchange Begins!

Very excited to be a part of my very first Moleskine Art Journal Exchange! I get to participate in a year long art exchange with artists from Australia, to Canada, and throughout the United States.
A Moley Swap/Exchange, is where 8 to 10 artists purchase a Japanese Accordion Style Moleskine Journal, decide on a theme, and do the first few pages in the book to set the tone for colors, theme concept, and travel plan. Then the book travels to the first artist on the "Travel Plan" who will create a 3-4 page spread, then send it on to the next artist on the list. By the years end, the journal returns to me, complete with each artists interpretations on my theme. Cool huh!?!
I chose "A Days Dive ~ In Search Of Atlantis" for my theme. My idea for the layout is to have the diver just heading underwater in the morning out on her/his dive. Then the bulk of the layouts should depict underwater scenes one might encounter if they were looking for old ruins, relics, and the like in search for Atlantis. At the end, I've asked the last artist to depict the diver coming back up to the surface, under the evening sky! As if the entire journey underwater was merely a days dive.
Here is the cover of my moley book.
I wanted it to seem as if you were looking out through a porthole of a ship.

This is the Travel Plan page. Or in this case, I've called it the "Divers Manifest"
This is the list of artist and the order they will be working in my moley.

This is what the beginning of my layout looks like. I drew the diver separately, and glued it in after the fact. I've also added the diver buoy that has the title of the moley on it. But I didn't get any photos of it.


  1. Wow what a great and exciting endeavor...sounds like fun and inspiration..I love your first sure does give some great interpretive ideas..Id love to see it over time and at the end..!

  2. That is fabulous! I wish it a safe journey back to you!

  3. Thanks for leaving the comments you two! I am very excited to be a part of this moley exchange. And with the diversity of the artists who will be working in mine, I know there will be some amazing interpretations on my theme. I can't wait to see the end result!