Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 at 8:14 am
Posted by Jenny Hudson

Altered Moleskines

Have you noticed that some products are so beloved by their owners that they achieve a sort of cult status? The Moleskine lies firmly in this camp and has become legendary among its followers. Famously used by world renowned artists and thinkers including Van Gogh, Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and Bruce Chatwin, it is a firm favourite with scribblers, doodlers, artists, writers, crafters and students worldwide.

Above and below are a few of my favourite altered Moleskine journals.

Jane Austen Journal by Yardia – This large size Moleskine cahier is hand screen printed in midnight blue ink using a Japanese Print Gocco machine. The cover image is taken from Yardia’s original drawing of a 19th century gown accompanied by a handwritten quotation from Jane Austen’s early novel ‘Love and Friendship’. “Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint’. Good advice indeed.

Blackbird Letterpress Moleskine cahier by Blackbird Letterpress – The blackbird is letterpress printed in black ink, using a hand carved linoleum cut. Simple and elegant.

Golden Girl Journal by Cutie Pie Company – Deep red Moleskine cahier with a gold screen printed silhouette. Beautiful colours.

Paris Love Moleskine Journal by Art Shark Designs – A Gocco printed journal in black ink from an original illustration of a couple gazing at the Eiffel Tower over the Seine River. The red umbrellas are painted in watercolour. Great for travelling notes and keepsakes such as ticket stubs and pics.

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Altered Moleskines

Rapunzel – Illustrated Moleskine Cahier Journal with Window by Heidi Burton – A unique ink-illustrated Moleskine cahier journal. Heid’s altered journals are all hand drawn and cut, making each one unique. Heidi also takes part in the international Moleskine sketchbook exchange, Moly_X.

Printed Moleskine Cahier Journal by Studio Fosforo – The cover print was hand carved in linoleum and printed on a Moleskine cahier, using artist quality eco-friendly ink.

Cuppa Jo Journal by Zoe Tropa – pocket size cahier journal with indigo, turquoise and brown stampings. The designs are created from Zoe’s own illustrations which have been carved onto stamp blocks.

Knitter Notes – Puuuuuuurl Moleskine by Ouou – Ouou designs are created with pen and ink after playing around with pencil sketches. This cute design has been Gocco printed onto a Moleskine cahier. Ideal for all you knitters and crafters.

And have you hear about Travelling Moleskines? The Culture Vulture and The Big Draw have joined forces and unleashed a number of these iconic sketch books to return to them by the end of September. Each Moleskine has an individual theme located in the inner cover. The recipient is invited to make their creative interpretation of the theme within the pages – draw, doodle, sketch, stitch, prick pin holes, etch the cover, make pop ups, compose poetry, whatever you like . . . . They are then passed to another creative type and the process begins again.

The project culminates in a fabulous arty party and exhibition in October to help raise funds for the Campaign for Real Drawing. To see how the project is progressing go to

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