Tools: My Watercolor Journal

So you’ve seen the back of this journal… my Ink Journal!

Paints are in the front!  I wanted to see all the paints I own and the ones I no longer own!
*yesh, i pass on paints i don’t like so much,
to kids i know or to artists i know who love that brand…
sometimes i simply don’t buy them anew and want to remember why!*

I’ve tried sample cards and they don’t work well for me… Journals work better.
As I have a few Fabriano Watercolor journals that I don’t like I decided to use one for a sample journal.  The biggest thing to remember, is that the striation in the watercolors is largely because of the Fabriano paper, not the paint.  I know this because many of these I use all the time in other journal and on various papers…

These pages will have a lot more notes and commentary as I use them.

The pages are loosely ordered by paint ingredients
(such as grouping many Quins together, above), or visual color ranges,
but sometimes I ran out of space…
*did i mention ever that i love the quinacridones?*

Names are on the sample by initial:
DV = DaVinci
DS = Daniel Smith
PDS = Primatek Daniel Smith
H = Holbein
MG = M.Graham
SN = Sennelier
SCH = Schminke
JS = JazperStardust
PF = Pfeiffer Art
G&B = Greenleaf & Blueberry
WN = Windsor Newton
QoR = QoR
Grilli is Grilli!

Looking at these all at once you can see I buy greens… not so much, purple.
The reason there are so many red is that I am trying to find a
perfect TRANSPARENT red, not an orange red or a purple red…
I did not separate the Primatek paints our but put them with their colors.

I don’t know if it helps you to see this, but this is another thing I did while
waiting on the phone to talk to doctors and nurses about my mom…

So I shared!

Da Vinci, MatteoGrilliArt, JazperStardust, PfeifferArt, Sennelier, QoR, Holbein,
MGraham and  DS Primatek watercolors, and Daniel Smith Watercolors.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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4 Responses to Tools: My Watercolor Journal

  1. susanissima says:

    Wow! This is some seriousl Impressive study. Way to go.


  2. emeraldsun33 says:

    I don’t use watercolor – just dabble in sketching in pencil and colored pencil from time-to-time, but I have to tell you, seeing both this creative way of keeping track of colors and just seeing all the colors, their variations and the effects from the paper – makes my little, aspiring artist’s heart go pitter-patter!


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