In which I post a sketch I made of Barack Obama
(Nb: This is an old post - as I update I'm no longer selling these on ebay) At Murky's Place, I am almost out of Black Ciak diaries. There's one in the bargain bucket being auctioned, and two more on fixed price (at time of writing). I have three green and ochre left, four red and six blue.
I'm packing these books daily, and so far everyone who has taken one from me has been pleased with them.
It may be time to reorder soon - though I'm considering looking at running moleskine alongside. I wonder what'd be the best items from the moleskine range to start? Possibly pocketbooks and regular books (plain? lined? checked?) - what about sketchbooks? What about the reporter range? I know I'll avoid cahier (the old 'If I don't sell it, will I use it?' conundrum). I'll need to put in extra cash to run ciak and moleskine side by side, should I do this? Possibly, yes.
My first batch of Ciak Journals are all now on their way to (or have arrived at) their new owners. The second batch is about to be bought, and the third batch has just been placed on ebay. I do hope that people like these things as much as I do, if they don't then I won't need to buy a notebook for a while! I really must get around to writing up the 'pocket sized' version - I only have eight of these in total, and one has already been spoken for!
I've mentioned before on this site that I have a great fondness for Ciak Journals. Ciaks are nice little journals and suit me well, I use a moleskine for my sketching and a ciak for my writing - a notebook is such a personal thing. The Ciak has just the right size and weight for me.
To cut a long story short, I found it hard to obtain Ciaks in the UK. So I've sourced them from Florence where they're made. The minimum order was larger than I need to my person use, so I was in a quandary. The solution was should now be obvious, make the order and hope that someone else likes Ciaks too. I've just put the first batch up on Ebay. [Edit: 7th Sept 2005: Another batch is now up.]
If you want a decent notebook you can do a lot worse!
A few pencil sketches have been made over the past few days.
I was most pleased with this first one of the vase. The vase is from imagination. I haven't got the shading quite right near the bottom, but stopped as I was concerned about 'overworking' the picture.
I am please with the fact that the shadow and vase blend at the bottom right, making the viewer join the lines.
The integrated circuit was drawn during an idle moment today. For those who are interested in this sort of thing, I think it was an NE555
I find this pretty ordinary
Both drawings were done using watercolour pencils, but the drawing on the right was made wet and the one on the left was not.
The wife prefers the wet one, and I prefer the dry!
At long last I've found the Italian supplier of my favourite notebook, Ciak. The journals cannot be bought individually here, so I'm considering making a large order and selling the rest on. The Ciak is quite hard to find in the UK, a website called City Organiser have just stopped selling them (I got the last three). They're also available in 'Paperchase' under the 'noto' brand name - but only in black and blue, at present (note, the price on the website is for the very small size - not the size I use for journalling). At this time, paperchase only have the hideous multicolour page one on their site, not the cream paged one which is available in the shop. I like the leather cover of a Ciak. I have a moleskine as a pocket book, but I don't like the cover as much... if they had a soft leathery cover, that may be different! It's rather hard to tell from a website, especially this one. Moleskine certainly have a following, there are even Moleskine 'hacks'. Though the comments here shows that not everybody 'gets it'.
I spent a long time trying to find a journal I like, I'm not the only one! I started off with one from WHSmith (they went through a 'posh' phase in my local store, this is now over and they no longer stock the one I liked, going back to flowery things for kids, women, and spiral bindings for everyone else), and I switched to Ciak as it seemed similar! I've now a Ciak convert!
Now, all that remains is to see if I can get them direct from Italy rather than sticking with Paperchase's meagre (though reasonably priced) choice. Ciak journals are excellent, I'd recommend them highly. Looking around, I can see a German supplier, now... if only I could read their site!
LATEST Update: I have sold out on ebay, and have no immediate plans to get a job lot in (in other words, my personal stock doesn't need to be replenished). Update: 16th September 2006: I don't have any on ebay at the moment, however I will be getting some more in soon as I'm about to run out of my personal stash. Update: 14th May 2005 - I've just put some Ciak journals up on Ebay Update: 7th Sept 2005 - I have put another batch up today. The URL is now semi-permanent Update: 13th Dec - I am out of stock until 2006 - sorry.