75 Exceptional Moleskine Notebook Artworks

Moleskine notebooks are a favorite among many artists, designers and writers.

They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with many different kinds of paper. The elastic closure and pocket in the back of each one adds to their utility.

The popularity of Moleskines among the art community ensures that there are thousands of great examples of Moleskine art out there.

Flickr alone has a huge pool of Moleskine artists. One group, Moleskine: One Page at a Time, has nearly 4,000 members and more than 36,000 images in their pool.

Below are 75 fantastic Moleskine artworks, all collected from Flickr.

 

Fine Art and Illustration

A lot of traditional artists opt for Moleskines, due to their variety of paper types and their durability. Below are dozens of fantastic illustrations, watercolor paintings, line art drawings, and more.

Moleskine 2 by Andy Gosling: A heart and the letter “A”, created from interwoven arteries.


Moleskine book 5, page 72 by Steve Loya. A line drawing of a stone house, in Leesburg, VA according to the tags.


Moleskine Sketches by Jimbradshaw. Two pages of doodles, including some Boston Terriers.


Moleskine book 1, pages 61 and 62 by Steve Loya. Look carefully at the leaves page and you’ll also see a number of other figures hidden in the image.


Moleskine “A cat in my head” by Framboisine Berry. An ink drawing and mixed media painting of a woman and a cat.


Moleskine Sketches by Jimbradshaw. Doodles of a number of robots and other whimsical characters.


Moleskine book 6, page 55 by Steve Loya. A beautiful, detailed line drawing of a dog’s eyes, with a multi-colored watercolor background.


Moleskine book 4, page 14 by Steve Loya. An illustration of a soft-shelled turtle, with information about the species.


Art Journal Yoga by Macchick1. A line drawing combined with text, in a grid-ruled Moleskine.


Moleskine book 2, page 40 by Steve Loya. An abstract ink line drawing.


Moleskine book 3, page 39 by Steve Loya. A great illustration of a bear pinning a man to a rock face.


Moleskine book 4, page 20. A painting of the lunar eclipse from February 2008.


Moleskine book 5, page 65 by Steve Loya. An abstract, colored line drawing.


Moleskine book 4, page 29 by Steve Loya. A watercolor and ink illustration of an abstract monster.


Moleskine book 6, page 40. A line drawing that resembles a chrysallis, with a multi-colored background.


James Cospitano’s Moleskine Sketches, Brooklyn Art Project HQ. Part of the 13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival in September 2009.


James Cospitano’s NYC Subway Moleskine Sketches, Brooklyn Art Project HQ. Another illustration from the 13th annual D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival.


Glasgow Art Fair 2010 by Wil Freeborn. A sketch of an older couple at the Glasgow Art Fair 2010.


Moleskine sketches by Sick Sad M!KE. A page filled with sketches of some very strange characters.


Moleskine January 2009 by Laura Wennstrom. A funky little doodle, all in red.


Moleskine Exchange #3 by Ian Russell. A line drawing reminiscent of noir comics.


Moleskine Exchange #9 by Ian Russell. A great, simple line drawing with subtle coloring.


Moleskine “Power of love” by Framboisine Berry. A line drawing with watercolors.


Art Journal Zentangle, April 2008 by Maid Mirawyn. A zentangle line drawing.


Moleskine page by Pippypippy. An illustrated poem from Rumi.


Roof line by Susan Rudat. A deceivingly detailed line drawing of a small building with a shed roof.


Mayhill Art School – Kirsty by Wil Freeborn. A sketch of a woman working at a computer.


Creative Arts Library by Paul Heaston. A detailed line drawing of a library at Montana State.


Context on the F train. March 4/5, 2010 by Sharon Frost. Watercolor and ink on a 5.5 x 7″ Moleskine spread.


Journals, moleskines 1 by The Secret Hermit1. The insides of Moleskines aren’t the only things to get the creative treatment; here are three cahier notebooks with illustrated covers.


Fishermen’s Terminal 9-1-10 by Polusladkaia. A detailed line drawing of a fishing terminal in Seattle.


Moleskine 2009 by Joel Cooper. A beautiful set of grayscale drawings.


Translation [strings] by Turnis left home. An interesting two-page sketch with a muted color palette.


Catsheep by Luis E. Duenas. A sketch of an animal that is a cross between a cat and a sheep.


Complete Panorama in 3 Parts by Paul Heaston. A detailed panorama sketch in three parts.


Gafanhoto by ledabranoliv. An insect watercolor.


Door to the River by Andrea Joseph. Two pages filled with doodles and lettering.


Long Beach Skyline and Harbor, Long Beach, CA by Paul Heaston. A black and white line drawing of Long Beach, CA.


Flockenblume by blau_meise. Illustrated flowers with text.


2011 01 22 Sketchcrawl Fourviere – Lyon France by sampler421. A sketch and watercolor of another person sketching.


Vito Genovese – TSP Page 9 by Tim Clary. Part of a Moleskine for The Sketchbook Project 2011, a sketch of a mugshot for Vito Genovese, as well as some history on the man.


Frank Sinatra – TSP Page 8. A sketch of Frank Sinatra’s mugshot, from the same Sketchbook Project 2011 notebook above.


In the clouds by Heidi M McDonald. A watercolor and pencil sketch.


IMG_2090 by Twin Unicorn. A sketch of a brick building, with minimalist, almost abstract, surroundings.


Menorca.La Vina.Piscina.02 by joseluisgildela. An illustration of an outdoor garden.


11 1 11 by gilfling. A pencil sketch of a landscape scene.


365 13 Marbles by Pogorita. A colorful illustration of marbles, colored with Neocolour wax crayons.


Curling on the lake of Menteith by Wil Freeborn. An illustration of curling in winter, on the frozen lake.


Colares – View to Palacio da Pena (Pena Palace) by Mariana Rolling Stoned. A sketch of a view in Colares.


Encants Vells by SAGAR sketches. A grayscale line drawing.


Dibujo Para La Aprendiz by Erika Kuhn. A macabre illustration that includes a skull and crows.


My Moleskine Paintings by conjure_real. A beautiful illustration based on a chintz pattern, created with pencil, crayon and acrylic paints, on a mixed media background.


My Moleskine Paintings, inspired by Chintz by conjure_real. Another chintz illustration, from the same series as above.


Pop Art by Susan Rudat. An abstract illustration with 3D popups.

 

Collage

The thick paper and elastic band closure of Moleskine notebooks makes them a great choice for collage artists.

Entre Nous Three by Ninth Wave Designs. A collage that includes bits of an envelope, and is embellished with watercolor, pastels, and Prismacolor colored pencils.


Moleskine081 by Paula Teachstm. A collage that consists of acrylics, rub-on letters, word stickers, and bits of recycled art.


12 de Julio 09 by jemerasp. A simple collage to remember a summer holiday.


Art Journal by thekathrynwheel. Two collage pages, one red, one green, with creepy doll images.


Art Journal – Busy Head by thekathrynwheel. A simple collage created in part with a Lynne Perrella stamp.


SBP Page ˜ Remembering When by gemgirlart. An old-timey collage, complete with vintage photo and skeleton keys.


Art Journal – A fine mess by thekathrynwheel. A collage made with images from Tumblefish Studios.


Moleskine art-journal 2009 p7 by natou1. A collage with souvenir concert tickets.


Art journal Moleskine 2009 p6 by natou1. A beautiful, vintage-looking collage with crying cherub.


Moleskine 035 by Paula Teachstm. A dark and somewhat mysterious collage, using acrylics and stencils.


Art Journal – Red Passion by Annah Savage. A grungy collage with lace and other three dimensional details.


Art Journal – Undomestic Goddess by thekathrynwheel. A collage and journal entry dated 19th April 2010.


The Magician Practices Her Art by Paulos Tran. A collage that features scraps from The New Yorker, Art & Auction Magazine, a Mont Blanc catalog, and more.


SBP Page – Letters by gemgirlart. A collage with lettering and bits from the dictionary.


Endless / Moleskine by Shigeo Sato. A mixed media collage.


SBP Page by gemgirlart. A collage with funky fairies and pretty lettering.


Free / Moleskine by Shigeo Sato. An abstract mixed media collage.


SBP Page ˜ Wishing on a Star by gemgirlart. A mixed media collage with stars and metallic ink. Part of the 2011 Sketchbook Project.


Keep on truckin’ by petalthrow. A grungy mixed media collage.


Willie by petalthrow. A collage featuring Willie Nelson.


Art journal – Dreaming Again by thekathrynwheel. Another collage featuring a slightly creepy doll’s head.


What are your thoughts on Moleskine art? Have a favorite Moleskine artist on Flickr (or elsewhere)? Let us know in the comments!

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  • G369

    Amazing collection!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    BOOOKMARKED

  • http://www.andygosling.co.uk/ Andy Gosling

    Great article – many thanks for featuring my work! That’s made my day!

  • http://www.dessign.net Dessign

    The sketches by Paul Heaston are just amazing, other stuff is beautiful as well

  • http://www.annarobertson.ca Anna

    Beautiful range of work! This sort of sketchpad art should be showcased more often- especially for web designers. Many of us are skilled fine artists as well!

  • http://charlotteclark.wordpress.com Charlotte

    This is a fantastic collection. I’m reminded of being on art trips during my A-Levels. We spent a lot of time painting and drawing on the spot. I have several lined moleskins myself but at the moment they’re stacked on my shelf awaiting the perfect artistic opportunity to write in them.

    Thank you for the post.

  • http://www.ellasworks.blogspot.com ella

    Paul Heaston is maaaad!! and that insect watercolor is awesome… to think that he did that in moleskine. @_@

  • http://debbiehemley.com Debbie Hemley

    Hard for me to walk past a rack of moleskin journals and not feel an irresistible urge to buy one. While I’ve taken pencil and ink to pages over the years, I had no idea people were using them as a canvas for such beautiful work.

    Thanks for sharing these. Completely inspiring!

  • http://www.girlmeetsart.com Chris Raymond

    Thanks for sharing these! I recently worked with one of the lower-end moleskines for the Brooklyn Art House Project Sketchbook 2011 project, and it was a challenge to work with the thin paper.

    But I had a great time really doing an artist sketchbook for the first time, and having the opportunity to visually and verbally reminisce about departed family members.

    I really urge everyone to just do it! (Not a paid endorsement from you-know-who!)

    My Project Sketchbook pages (shameless plug)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/girlmeetsart/sets/72157625410509524/

  • Pippy Sans

    Hey, thanks for linking to my moleskine page! And all these other amazing pages- I am honored to be in very auspicious company!

  • http://www.designerterminal.com/ Taimur Asghar

    They are stunningly inspirational! Thanks for featuring this kind of art here !

  • http://www.evelt.com joel k.

    Wow, i loved the 2 gray style
    beautiful indeed

  • http://www.chayachitra.com/ ChayaChitra Photography

    Very inspirational art works. Great compilation.

  • http://www.lookatdan.com Dan George

    Great article! love the work by thekathrynwheel.

  • http://www.abdpromotions.com Cheryl Ellemberg

    Wow, how beautiful! Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.tylermccutchan.com Tyler

    amazing, lots of inspiration here!

  • http://www.eatablegraphics.com/ Rahul

    Thanks for this inspirational post!

    It was like an Art blast :)

  • http://www.pikted.com Adam

    The first one is really cool :-)

  • http://www.psyched.be/wordpress/ Darkened Soul

    Great collection! nice work indeed ;) and so personal most of the time as well, great.

  • http://lauraprentice.etsy.com Laura

    What a great post! Thanks for including my moleskine page!

  • http://www.istanbulanaokul.com Anaokulu

    very nice work. incredibly beautiful thoughts. Thanks