Our Putting Pen To Paper series, features different individuals & showcases what they use their favourite notebook for. It could be for to-do lists, sketching, design, song writing, illustrations, notes, daily gratitudes & everything in between.
This month we went inside the notebook of Jacqui Norman, the artist (among other things) behind White On Walls.
Technically I'm a Graphic Designer, however in the past couple of years it's become a lot more than that. I'm also an Art Director, a Brand Designer, a Photographer, and now an Artist. I picked up painting again in 2020 as I found myself with more time on my hands, since then it has organically turned into a side business called White On Walls. I love that everyday is so different, it's a great mix!
Plain or Lined paper?
Plain paper feels like a clean slate with no limits so I usually gravitate more towards that. I often go rogue between writing notes or sketching concepts so it gives me the freedom to do both.
When do you put pen to paper?
I'm always looking for a pen to sketch or write something down! I think the idea of handwriting or drawing something comes more naturally to me than jumping on a computer. While in meetings or coming up with concepts, I like being able to get my ideas on paper and into a tangible form as quickly as I can, the AOL notebook is perfect for this. I also love that when I'm sketching a brandmark or artwork idea, there are no other tabs open in that moment for me to get distracted or lose my train of thought.
What inspired the Pen to Paper in your images?
In the past year or so we’ve all been spending more time than ever in the digital space. I think it’s shown me how important it is to keep handwriting and sketching ideas in my notebook for those moments of clarity and focus, away from all the screens. I love being able to quickly sketch ideas down before I jump on a computer, to see if they will work. It helps fast track the process and makes sure the concept idea is strong.
What does journaling look like to you/how do you journal?
Journaling for me is usually all about daily task lists, it helps give structure to the day ahead. It's also a great feeling to physically cross all (or just one!) of those tasks off with a pen at the end of the day.
Feeling creative & want to put pen to paper yourself? Start here with Jacqui's favourite Notebook & follow Jacqui on Instagram HERE