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Help, I Can't Stop Looking Through This Traveling Artist's Notebooks

They're also so soothing.

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Call me a snoop, but there's nothing I find more satisfying than going through other people's diaries.

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As for my personal journals, I'll be taking them with me to the grave.

Especially when they look like artist José Naranja's.

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Based in Spain, Naranja began illustrating his daily observations, ideas, and memories in 2015.

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When he discovered the pocket-size 9x14 cm Moleskine notebooks, Naranja realized they were the perfect medium on which to transcribe all his experiences. He now binds his own notebooks, a process which he also chronicles in detail on his blog.

You can get your own Moleskine notebook from Amazon for $9.44.

His pages capture with exquisite detail everything from ocean creatures...

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That detail tho.

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To visualizations of his own inventions...

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Here, he depicts an anti-stupidity hat, "a Mexican hat, larger than usual (6m diameter), with blades or whatever to keep people away."

And maps and notes from his wide-spanning travels.

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Naranja's extreme neatness and consistency of style is a hallmark of his notebooks. It's hard to believe that each page is hand-lettered.

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The intense neatness is also an extremely soothing quality of his notebooks.

Like, the words on this page HAVE to have been printed, right?

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You could spend hours poring over a single page.

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*Zooms in*

Apart from his gorgeous renderings, Naranja also posts photos of his envy-inducing tools of the trade.

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I NEED that fountain pen.

*Adds everything to Amazon wishlist*

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If you want to own one of his notebooks, Naranja sells a compilation of his best work in a multilingual book called The Orange Manuscript.

View this video on YouTube

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It costs €285 ($345) and comes numbered and signed. That price may sound steep, but remember that he binds each one, effectively self-publishing his own limited run of a super rare book. Check out his blog for more info on how to order your own copy.

Or you could also just start your own travel notebooks.