Oops! I Did It Again....

7:07 AM

...I've started another journal. *Sigh.* I've tried to be good and focus on the ones I currently have going. Really. I have.

Beaufort, SC
Handmade Paper Journal
8 x 8inches
watercolor, watercolor pencil
and Inktense pencil
However, I'm learning that once a journal 'ho, always a journal 'ho.

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.

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16 Creative Thought(s)

  1. I like the idea of this journal. I love the look of a picture in a frame. I would get nervous with all that space. I would probably fill it with my babbling. Ha... Can't wait to see more. I am not familiar with Inktense pencils. Hmmm??

  2. Journals take on their own theme. Don't fight it, just create!

  3. It's a lovely page Laure. I struggle with how to simplify myself, so I feel your pain!

  4. Very good idea "journal. I am sure this will boast more of your creativity.

    Cassy from Advanced Guitar Lessons

  5. An artists can never have too many sketchbooks - it's not possible. You're just fulfilling the requirement - and making up for me when I neglect mine!

    I love your little cameo and I shall watch out for those white spaces!

  6. Love your honesty about your "challenges" and that life gets in the way sometimes with our best intentions. I make up these rules for myself that really bind me up. It is good, I think, to have a free spirit and JUST DO IT!

    This is beautiful. What are intense pencils?


  7. I like the use of the white space here. I keep telling myself to leave more but then too often, I fill up the page. I hope you have better luck than I do as this turned out really nice.

  8. Thanks, everyone!

    For those of you curious about Inktense pencils, they are made by Derwent, they have very vibrant colors when they're dry and can be erased/lifted. Once you wet them with water, they can be blended, but once they're dry, they become permanent. You can then layer/wash over them without fear of the color lifting below.

    You can google them and find all kinds of reviews, videos on YouTube and general info about the pencils!

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  10. And I thought I was the only one to start and stop a watercolor journal! I can rule out therapy. Whew! What a relief. I can now look at the journals sitting in the bookshelf and know, "I am not alone."
    The Gramma Diaries

  11. A beautiful start! Hey, didn't you know? So many books (journals), so little time.... Make your marks as much and as often as you can :)

  12. Interesting to see and hear about your experience on handmade paper. My daily (but not that frequent) journal has handmade paper and I'm still getting used to it.

    I love the scene that you've painted. It looks so peaceful.

  13. I have a shelf of unfinished little books! I just like buying them! Inktense pencils ? Not my favourites either!

  14. Have fun with this. I have lots of journals going too. What the hey, why not? It's just a page, only in another book.
    I like your slant here. I'll be watching to see where this goes.

  15. Laure - having an extra sketchbook on hand is a lot like having those extra books, art supplies, and fabrics on hand! There is that perfect time when it's time to use it. How wonderful that you have a book to play in for loose work - you'll be able to chronicle your unfolding in this area. I envy you - I need to do the same and get away from my love for detail.

    Personally I like the Inktense pencils. I mostly use them when I need a touch of vibrant color or deep darks. It makes me think ahead, though, because of it's permanent preperties!

    What a beautiful, serene sketch!

  16. I feel like looking at your art is a lesson each time. I appreciate your sharing and your journal is lovely.


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