An Author a Month – January Finalists

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share their Moleskine art with us last month! We narrowed down the most prolific contributors on myMoleskine to bring you the 3 finalists for this year’s first edition of An Author A Month.

If you want to be considered for next month’s edition, simply visit myMoleskine and upload an image of your Moleskine artworks.

"Model" - contributed by Alen Maslow

“Model” – contributed by Alen Maslow


Le Toit du Printemps - contributed by Nicolas Weis

Le Toit du Printemps – contributed by Nicolas Weis

The Healer - contributed by NihilXIII

The Healer – contributed by NihilXIII

To vote for your favorite submission, go to our voting page and hit the “like” button.

Were these your favorite uploads for last month? If you had other favorites, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Amazing Handwritten Social Media Posts from Handwriting Day

Last week, we celebrated National Handwriting Day by writing our social media posts by hand, and asking you to do the same.

The web was happily flooded by hundreds of tweets and posts that reaffirmed our belief that the art of Handwriting is alive and well.

Amber Soriano

Amber Soriano

Here are a few of our favorite handwritten posts and tweets.

Have a look at every entry for our Creativity Challenge, and feel free to add to the conversation using #MHday. After all, handwriting’s worth celebrating all year long!

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6 Ways Handwriting Can Benefit Your Brain



We are great fans of handwriting. Not only it is one of the most pleasurable activities we can think of – and that’s why we celebrated World Handwriting Day with a global call-to-create through pen and paper for the 3rd year in a row – but science has proven that writing by hand can benefit our brain in a lot of ways.

1. It boosts memory

Taking notes by hand helps you remember them better, and longer. Psychologists and scholars have demonstrated how handwriting stimulates memory in a unique way, leaving a deeper mark and helping retain ideas in the long haul.

2. It improves cognitive skills

Young children can benefit greatly from handwriting. Forming letters at a young age will aid fine motor-skill development as well as creativity. Studies have shown how children wrote more words, faster, and expressed more ideas when writing essays by hand versus with a keyboard.

3. It activates a bigger portion of the brain

The linked regions of the brain for reading are activated while writing by hand, and the movements involved in the act of handwriting activate the motor areas of the brain, which would not be involved while typing.

4. It can make you more creative

Writing ideas by hand takes more time than typing, allowing more time to develop ideas and bolster creative output.

5. It slows down the aging of the mind
Handwriting has been proven to be a great way to train the aging mind and preserve it from the wear and tear of the years.

6. It has a calming effect
Dr. Marc Seifer, a graphologist and handwriting expert explained how writing a calming sentence is a form of graphotherapy. “Jotting down a sentence like, “I will be more peaceful” at least 20 times per day can actually have an impact, especially on those with attention deficit disorder.”

We’re sure there are plenty more ways handwriting can benefit the mind. Have anything to add to the list? Feel free to give us your take in the comments section.

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Putting Pen to Paper for Handwriting Day

Happy Handwriting Day, everyone!

Today, the world celebrates the pleasure and art of the handwritten word, one of the simplest and most personal ways of expression. Few things rival the pleasure of handwriting, especially in an age dominated by the QWERTY keyboards of iPhones, iPads and laptops, where the tactile simplicity of pen and paper suddenly commands a timeless attraction.

#MHday - Maxine Bédat

#MHday – Maxine Bédat

#MHday - Maria Sebregondi

#MHday – Maria Sebregondi

2015 marks our third year celebrating Handwriting Day, and once again we’re asking you to grab your pens and styluses, ditch those computer keyboards and smartphone touch screens for a second, and join us in writing your social media updates by hand. Join the conversation by sharing your handwritten tweets and posts with the tags #HandwritingDay and #mHDay.


Many friends of Moleskine have already submitted handwritten posts of their own, like Zady founder Maxine Bédat, AirBnb founder Joe Gebbia, and Nobel prize-winning writer Malala Yousafzai, as well as Moleskine co-founder Maria Sebregondi.

For a chance to win a supply of Moleskine writing and drawing tools, enter our Creativity Challenge and submit your handwritten posts to myMoleskine before January 28th.

Obviously, there’s no need for extraordinary pensmanship skills – just have some fun, and good luck!

To get inspired, here are some of our favorite entries and stories about Handwriting Day 2015.

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An Author A Month – Mariasun Salgado

Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote for our Author of the Month this week. We’re happy to finally announce our winner, Mariasun Salgado all the way from Madrid, Spain!

An award-winning architect with a passion for graphic arts and design, Mariasun is a multi-faceted talent. We caught up with her to learn more about her life and art.

“I earned a Master and a PhD in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and since 2001 I have worked as a university lecturer especially in the field of Drawing.”

In fact, architecture seems to permeate Mariasun’s art throughout.

“My art is strongly influenced by the conflicts generated between architecture and its environments, especially those stemming from urban massification and the concept of hyper-density.”

Boasting a very distinctive style, Mariasun’s art communicates through “a hybrid graphical language and escapes both realism and abstraction” and a similarly complex approach shows through her winning artwork, “New Materiality”.

New Materiality

“New Materiality” is about the process of creating my own work of art, how something apparently simple gets more and more complicated”

A Moleskine sketchbook is the canvas upon which her creations come to life.

“I usually start drawing sketches in my Moleskine that become complete works or part of them. I think I started using Moleskine books at the beginning of my university studies, and used them ever since as travel journals and to sketch architectures,”

As a teacher, Mariasun knows very well the path to improvement is paved with mistakes. “One of my favorite’s quotes came from Miguel de Unamuno: The way to hammer a nail implies hitting the horseshoe a hundred times”.

I think making mistakes is one of the most important experiences for an artist. It is the only way to keep improving.”

Just like every Author of the Month, we are honoring Mariasun’s work with a custom Bookmark and Sleeve template made out of her piece “New Materiality”. You can find them in the “Author A Month” template section in myMoleskine, free and ready to assemble with just a little handmaking!


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Moleskine Author a Month – December Finalists

Happy 2015 everybody, and thank you so much for being with us and sharing heaps of amazing artworks on myMoleskine! We’re excited to start off 2015 with the work of three really talented artists, who made the cut as our finalists for December Author of the Month.

If you’d like to participate in next month’s edition, simply head on to myMoleskine and upload your Moleskine artwork.

And now, on to the finalists!

Contributed by Jim Earl

Fishing in the Severn Run – Jim Earl

“Fishing in the Severn Run” – contributed by Jim Earl

New Materiality

New Materiality – Mariasun Salgado

“New Materiality” – contributed by Mariasun Salgado

la Venise Provençale - Michel Hercouet

La Venise Provençale – Michel Hercouet

“La Venise Provençale” – contributed by Michel Hercouet

Which submission gets your vote? Pick your favorite here. Be sure to hit the “like” button to vote!

Were these your favorite uploads for December? If you had other favorites, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

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Moleskine Author A Month – October

Thanks to everybody who shared their art on myMoleskine last month. Once more it’s been no easy task picking the best contributors among dozens of amazing artists, but here we are with our 3 finalist for this month’s edition of An Author A Month!

Creeper - contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper – contributed by Dominic Damien

Creeper, by Dominic Damien

Plaça de st Just - contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st Just – contributed by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Plaça de st. Just, by Joan Ramon Farré Burzuri

Demon & the Geisha - contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha – contributed by Bennet Klein

Demon & the Geisha, by Bennet Klein

Who should be Author of the Month? Vote here. 

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“Draw Everything, all the Time! – Introducing Moleskine Author A Month September – Peter Wenman

Thanks to everybody who took the time to vote for our Author of the Month. It’s been a tight race, and we’re honored to announce British artist Peter Wenman as our winner by a single vote.

We reached out to Peter to learn more about him, and what we found was a genuinely interesting character and artist.

“I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, it’s something I’ve always done.

I like to draw and i like to travel and am happiest when doing both. When I was younger I took a year off to travel before going to university but this extended into twenty years of movement with ten of those living in South East Asia.”

Moleskine Author A Month - Peter Wenman

Peter says he’ll draw “with anything that leaves a mark” on his Moleskine sketchbook, and still remembers his first experience with Moleskine.

“I first heard of Moleskine books while reading Songlines by Bruce Chatwin many years ago. I bought my first one in an art shop in Amsterdam and have been using them ever since. I love the way ink dries on it, it’s something I haven’t been able to replicate in any other sketchbook.” 

The Pasty Shop - contributed by Peter Wenman

He drew “The Pasty Shop”, his winning artwork, whilst working in Cambridge Market, and recalls having to wait for interesting characters to finish it. “drew the upper part first, then I left spaces in the shop area and wait until interesting characters come along to fill it”. 

When asked for a piece of advice for young artists, Peter’s answer is simple: “Draw everything all the time!”

Just like with every Author of the Month, we made custom notebook sleeve and bookmark templates to honor Peter’s work. You can download them for free in the “Workshops” section on myMoleskine

Author of the Month Peter Wenman

You can check out more of Peter’s work on his myMoleskine artist page as well as his website or his blog.

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The Best from the “In Case of Loss” Creativity Challenge

For our last Creativity Challenge, we asked you to show us what you’d give for your notebook if you ever happened to lose it. As it turns out, some people really get creative on the “In Case of Loss” page of their notebooks, with rewards ranging all the way from eternal gratitude to lapdance or bitcoin (!).

Here are some of the best ones.


In Case of Loss -  Batman by StavrosEven Atmosfrozen, our Author of the Month last march, shared his reward.

In Case of Loss - Atmosfrozen

Someone else might have taken it a step to far.

In Case of Loss - 3 Kids

You can see the rest of the entries on Pinterest. 

What is on the “In Case of Loss” page of your notebook? Share it on myMoleskine or Instagram with the tag #M_incaseofloss. 

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Meet the Moleskine Evernote Planner

If you are familiar with The Moleskine Evernote 2015 Planner, you should already know it has plenty of ways to help you make 2015 your most productive year to date.

Sure, this much potential can prove confounding to some, so we laid out some of its main features to help you make the most of it.

moleskine evernote planner_5 (Copia)

  • The celebrated Moleskine weekly layout: a dated page on the left to see your whole week at a glance, and a ruled page on the right for longer notes. In the back, an interior pocket to archive business cards, tickets, and the like.
  • If you have a really busy day in the week to come, you can check the tick box on the day’s page, and you’ll receive an alert of all your most important tasks on Evernote.
  • Like every other notebook in the Evernote Collection, you can use the app’s camera to scan and digitize your notes straight into Evernote.
  • Smart Stickers help you organize different kind of notes and appointments: if you wish to keep work notes separated from the home ones, simply tag them with different stickers and capture them in Evernote, where they’ll automatically be organized by tag.
  • You don’t need to transcribe your notes. Evernote will recognize your handwriting, so you can search and find your notes and appointments them by entering a single word, then share them with anyone on your team as needed.
  • The Evernote Planner comes with three complimentary months of Evernote Premium, where you get extra Evernote features like presentation mode, 4x larger note size, and offline access to all your content on mobile devices.

 You can learn more about augmented weekly planning on the official Moleskine website.

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