Hobonichi palestblue


The Hobonichi  Interview Series  is a blog segment where we get a sneak peek inside the diary of another Hobonichi user. This is Part 1 of the interview with Palestblue, from Germany. I found her Youtube channel one Sunday afternoon and was mesmerised for hours. A truly talented Hobonichi owner and a budding novelist too!


  • Age: 28
  • Occupation: Research Worker (Psychology/Neuroscience)
  • City/Neighborhood: Bonn, Germany

The Hobonichi has quite the cult following. How did you discover it?

I discovered the Hobonichi via the wonderful planner community on Youtube and Instagram J. Mitsuko (mylifemits on YT and IG) and April (april wu on YT, penguinscreative on IG) were a big influence! If you don’t know these wonderful, talented ladies already, you should definitely check out their awesome work! 

Maria's Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover
Maria’s Hobonichi Techo with DIY custom cover, custom watercolour palette and Coletto pen

Where do you find your inspiration for what to include?

I usually write and doodle about my every-day life. So I often include drawings of food and beverages. I draw inspiration from everything around me – I always carry my Hobonichi with me so that I can whip it out and draw whenever inspiration strikes 🙂 . I think you don’t necessarily have to travel a ton or do super duper special things every day to find inspiration – it is finding the extraordinary in the ordinary that makes daily journaling so special and so much fun.

Do you have any recommendations for new users who say “ I can’t doodle/draw?”

“Do or do not, there is no try.” So practice, practice, practice. With time, you will get better and have more control over your pen/brush. Promise! Also: If you find it hard to get perspectives etc right, it is always worth checking out some of the very inspiring artists that share tutorials online. Just browse the community for inspiration and tutorials J. If you feel a little bit overwhelmed, you could try and start with just a black pen and practice your outlines, then add some shading later. When you are satisfied with your black and white doodles, you can move on to colour.

Stuck on a desert island with your Hobo, what are your 3 must have materials?

My Kuretake water brush (the fine tip one), a 005 tip Sakura Micron pen in black and my Schmincke Horadam water color palette. Though I have been recently playing the 2013 Tomb Raider game again and I gather that a bow, some arrows and a flashlight may be a little more useful on a desert island tee hee.

What’s your latest purchase?

A Hobonichi actually. I just ordered the 2016 Hobonichi in the A6 size. I am going to try the Avec version next year, because my 2015 Hobonichi is getting mighty chunky…

Another A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen "Sometimes Lucky" cover
Another of Maria’s A6 Hobonichi Techo with Mina Perhonen “Sometimes Lucky” cover

Any other hobbies?

I absolutely love stories. I write my own (and really, my secret life plan is totally to get a novel published some day, hahaha) and I read a lot, too. I am a scuba diver and swimmer. Being in and under water feels very natural and wonderful to me and I try to go swimming and diving as often as I can .

Most Hobonichi lovers also seem to love tea or coffee. What’s your favorite tea/coffee?

Ah yes, I am no exception there. I am not really human before my first tea in the morning (or so I have been told). I really love some strong black tea with milk. And I also totally love the Iced Latte at Starbucks, yum!!

 How do we find out more about Maria?

  • Instagram: @palestblue
  • YT: palestblue
  • You can also contact me via Email: email.palestblue at googlemail.com

If anyone would like to contact me and connect via email or snail mail, I am always very happy to get to know people who love stationery and art and all things Hobonichi, so I would love to hear from you!!

Thank you so so much for your questions and the chance to share my thoughts on your wonderful blog .

If you enjoyed this interview or have been inspired by other who you think I should feature in this interview series, please comment below! More information on the Hobonichi can be found on their website . Part 2 will be up next week, with lots on photos of inside Maria’s Hobo.


  1. I love getting insights into how other people use their Hobonichi. It helps me find inspiration for my own. 🙂 Great interview!

    1. Me too! Doing the interviews is always so interesting. You get folks from all walks of life and most aren’t professional artists. Gives me hope that my doodles will improve. Just have to keep practicing. Let me know if you’re interested in sharing yours Kas?

      1. I’m not a doodler, unfortunately. I just like seeing how creative people use their Hobonichi planners. Mine is mostly story planning and thoughts–fun for me, but not so pretty to look at. Even my handwriting isn’t pretty, haha.

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