Television is my books. It is my absolute favorite medium for storytelling (although audiobooks are starting to pull me in). I have to roll my eyes when I hear people talking about how the television is full of garbage. While that is true — but only if you look at the sheer amount of programming. But comparing a mountain of garbage to a pile of gold, just to say that one is bigger than the other does none of us any good.
If you want to watch Fox News, reality Princess Mommy shows, or anything at all in the CBS prime time lineup, you’re gonna have a bad time (if you pizza when you want to french fry, you’re gonna have a bad time). But that’s the exact same problem we run into with any other pop art medium. Look at the number of garbage novels available on amazon.com. Look at the number of crap movies that come out in the theater. Just because there’s a lot of nonsense, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth wading through it to get to the good stuff.
Quality television — that’s where its at. People who are going to tell me a story with great characters and a fantastic plot, week-in and week-out. Television is a big part of my everyday life and I really want to be documenting it more. I’m often sitting on the couch at night watching a show with an art journal in hand, just sketching or doodling. So I made myself a television-specific art journal; my ‘Currently: watching’ journal.
To put the journal together, I used my Currently List clear stamp set, some Highline patterned paper, and a Basically Bare 5×7 Art Journal. For a further look into the process, I’m sharing instructions for how I put together the cover and the template for the inside pages on the Basically Bare blog.
Now I have a place to write down my thoughts as I’m watching my favorite shows. Broad City, Justified, The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Bob’s Burgers, and everything else that I can’t think of at the moment.
What shows are on your must-watch list right now? Do you document your television watching? What about other media?