Moleskine Project
Posted on: 18th of March 2008 | Under: Artsy Fartsy

Exactly two weeks ago, I received an email from Marsida Shyti from, inviting me to participate in the Moleskine Exhibit for the London Book Fair in April. She chanced upon my moleskine art through my flickr, and chose me, together with several other moleskine users/artists to participate.

Here’s an excerpt from her email:

Like every year Moleskine will attend this important fair. We focused our attention upon the value of the trade show through the original and artistic use of Moleskine notebooks, so we decided to choose and expose a small quantity of the most stylish Moleskine notebooks.

Your work is perfect for this purpose! It represents the ideal feeling we would communicate about Moleskine and, in our opinion, could also be a good opportunity for you in terms of visibility.

Do you agree to send us one of your Moleskine notebook? Otherwise, if you prefer, we can send you a new notebook to personalise. For your co-operation and your kind help we will send you five new Moleskine notebooks, the layout you prefer.

And because an opportunity like this doesn’t really come everyday, I agreed to participate. I guess it’s also the perfect excuse for me to start drawing/painting again. I actually haven’t touched my moleskine sketch in almost a year!

I got into the groove right away, and have been enjoying my free time filling up my moleskine every day. Here are a few of the things I’ve done so far:




I have about twenty more pages to do before I send the book to Marsida Shyti in Italy. And I only have until the end of the month for that, so wish me luck! =)

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16 Comments to “Moleskine Project”

  1. Tina says:

    Wow, that’s so cool! :) Congrats! Are you filling up your own Moleskine or did they send you new ones?

  2. April Zara says:

    Don’t worry, you can do it!

  3. Id says:

    Wow! That is an awesome opportunity! =D And I really like your pieces so it was not a surprise that you got that email.
    I have faith that you can do it! =D I can’t wait to see the development of your project! =)

  4. ate janz says:

    beautiful moleskine work. my favorite is the coffee one. :)

    i was wondering what do you color with? felt-tip markers, sharpies? just curious.

    good luck and congrats too. :)

  5. vanya says:

    wow, congrats Ate Anna! :) i want to have my own Moleskine too as my paper journal! haha. :P

  6. anna says:

    @ Tina; I’m filling up my own. It would’ve taken a couple of days for them to send me one, and I couldn’t wait to start na. =P Thanks!

    @ April: Thanks! :)

    @ id: Thanks, dear! I posted the once I’ve done in my flickr. =P

  7. anna says:

    @ ate janz: I’ve missed you! Are you still blogging? =) Thanks! I paint with gouache. =)

    @ Vanya: Thanks, dear! =) You can buy moleskines locally now. They have them at Fully Booked. Or you can still get them from Benedict ( =)

  8. ate janz says:

    hi, anna! yeah, i miss you too. hope all is well with you. :) i’m glad you still have your domain up.

    yup, i’ve been blogging here and there, but it’s almost like once in a blue moon because of work, baby, and other stuff.

    hope you’ve had a happy easter. take care. :)

    ps: gouache looks really pretty. it seems easy to blend. :) i must try. i bought a moleskine, but don’t know what to do with it.

  9. Rachel says:

    Congrats on the invite, Anna! If only it were in Switzerland so I could see it in person! ^_^;;; I love your halo-halo piece!

  10. Kiera says:

    Wow, that’s awesome. What nice opportunity to be creative. I love the Mac one, I can totally agree.

  11. katia says:

    wow congrats Anna! :) that’s so awesome. like i said in flickr, i’ve always loved your drawings.

    yay moleskine! and macs! haha. :D

  12. Beautiful work in your moleskines, Anna! I have found my way to your blog via the Skineart blog, and I love your stuff.

    I do have a question, and this seems like the best thread to ask it: when you say you’re using the Moleskine sketch, are you talking about the basic sketchbooks that they do, or the special watercolour books?

    I’ve played around with media in mine, and they can’t take Sharpies or charcoal fixative without bleed-through, but I’d like to work in something other then pencil and technical pen. I’m certain that they won’t take watercolour, but if you’re using the same books as I am, then maybe gouache is the way to go?

    Well done with the exhibition!

  13. anna says:

    Thanks ate janz, rachel, kiera, katia and newsLOL! I know it’s late =P

  14. anna says:

    @Nicolas: Thank you very much! =) And yes, I do mean a Moleskine Sketchbook. That’s what I use to house my moleskine art. Gouache works VERY WELL with it. It’s actually the only type of paint I know that sticks to the pages well. Sharpies and other markers definitely bleed through, but you might want to try using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens. They’re the only markers that I know, and have actually tried, that doesn’t bleed through the page. =) Hope that helps!

  15. It does, indeed, Anna! I may look into those Faber pens tomorrow, and look around for a starter gouache set – it is, after all, one medium that I have NEVER used!

    Is it gouache that can be used like oils OR like watercolours, or is that just acrylics? I’m guessing that whichever the case, the less water hits the moleskine page, the better!