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Feathers, comics and cat polaroids: a personal history of Daler Rowney process journals

Simple and sturdy with their canvas-textured hard covers and heavy-weight, off-white paper, Daler Rowney’s Ebony journals have served me faithfully for 20 years, as a place to document the process of art-making; to research, experiment and workshop ideas.IMG_3133


Sometimes messy, sometimes elaborate, they hold an eclectic mixture of different media and textures, combining practice drawings and paintings, image designs, reference pics and (more recently) mock-ups of comics.IMG_3153IMG_3157IMG_3154

My early journals (below) bring me back to the excitement of art school days when I was just beginning to grasp what painting methods and subjects interested me, and so much of this knowledge was new.


Evidence that my youth wasn’t entirely wasted…



Feathers found at Taronga Zoo


I was a huge Lucian Freud fan

Note: I’ve used all sizes of the Ebony journal, but for process diaries, I keep returning to the A5. Only four journals are photographed here; I’ve used a fair few more, and in terms of my entire journal, notebook and sketchbook collection, well, this is but the tip of the iceberg…


Four art process journals (wooden horse carved for me by my father when I was a child)