I had to make a change. Running and working in our business means I don’t have the time to set up for painting at an easel and painting with acrylics, which in my case means canvases and 4 oz tubs (not tubes) of paint! I need a 10×10 space permanently set up, and we move our business studio around to accommodate furniture collections coming in for treatment. My big painting space simply gets moved too often.
I had to find another way. I looked at working smaller, setting up on a smaller desk behind my work desk, right. I am an avid journaler, and so, I combined art + journal = art journaling. Who knew there was a whole community of artists who journal? I love sharing with them! (See links page.) I am working now with shellac, watercolors and various pens and of course, my long-time favorite, the Pentallic Woodless pencil!
My favorite journals of all time are the OE Noteflaps, which I fell in love with as lined journals 20 years ago (red, above.) I naturally turned to their unlined journals to use as sketchbooks. They fold flat behind, and have an envelope flap at the back (top, in black) to hold bits you pick up in your journeys. I am currently using with shellac (a technique I plan to teach next year; follow me on FB if you are interested or email me.) You can see a few pages, above, with the shellac prep done.
I prefer square; must be the architect in me. Square is hard to find in heavy paper! For that reason I like the Aquabee Super Deluxe in a 9-inch (lunar) square. Unfortunately, Bee paper only makes this in a 93 lb paper, so it is a bit light for wet washes, and apparently, as I am learning watercolor, I’ve discovered I like to paint wet! And I am not fond of the maroon cover (color is important to an artist) and so this is the first journal I have made mine by painting the cover. Sanded it and collaged with handmade papers, mine and other peoples, I will continue to create this cover until I am finished.
- Nature Sketch 6×12-inch with 130 lb paper (nice, and made by Pentalic here in Oregon), and
- Strathmore 6×18-inch 140lb journal, shown right with my Palm Tree Goddess.
By the bed and/or in my purse, besides my shellacked OE journal, I use:
- Nature Sketch 5×7-inch with 130 lb paper (fooling around), and
- brightly colored KOLO sketchbooks that have great pockets at the back, and a see-through cover that you can pop images into as well. I devote one to all my notes about products and paint colors I like.
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