Handmade Paper Journal
8 x 8inches
watercolor, watercolor pencil
and Inktense pencil
The thought process behind starting this journal is that I want to loosen up. I want to get better at shapes and only adding the bare necessity of details.
I've had this handmade paper journal for....I'm not sure how long, but a long time. I've had it for a long time because I'm intimidated by it.
Painting on handmade paper is not like painting on Arches paper. It's hard to futz and fuss with handmade paper. There's not a lot of sizing and if forces you to edit yourself.
Recently, I've noticed I've been drawn to pages that have a lot of white space around them and so I decided that this journal would focus on leaving lots of white space.
So simple shapes without too much detail and lots of white space.....we'll just have to see how that little self-imposed "rules" last.
Frankly, I don't have much hope. I mean really. I can't even stick to the FOUR journals I already have on the go!
All the same, it's good fun and I'm already learning—the image above has watercolor, watercolor pencil and Inktense pencil in it. I'm not sure what I think of the Inktense pencils. It may be the paper, it may be the subject matter or it may be the artist holding the pencil, but so far, I can't say I'm impressed.
I'll continue to experiment to see if they have a place in my studio.