Friday, August 17, 2012

Final Page in Mini Handbook

It's 4:06 a.m. (as I post this) and you can see I'm still up and going strong.  Well not quite.

That last blank 2-page spread was calling out to me to do something to finalize this journal and so I did.

My intent was to complete with this bear and vase filling most of the area.  Well, it didn't exactly turn out that way leaving this little guy looking lost in all that surrounding open space.  So I added a photo frame that has a picture of my youngest son, Travis (won't he be thrilled!).

This is the 3.5 x 5.5 book so you can imagine just how small the illustration is.  I felt like I was using a mop brush (probably due to how tired I felt) painting a postage stamp size illustration.  Thank goodness for a good sharp point on this brush.

When I started this, I used the side of my 9B pencil roughing in the area.  I could have erased and started over making the bear bigger but decided I wasn't going to do that.  I HAVE to learn to better judge size and placement so I felt this was a good lesson by leaving as is and making note just what happened.

Next I applied watercolor and then added the pen/ink using a Dip Pen and Sepia ink.  I wish now I had done the pen/ink work first and then applied the wash of watercolor.  Maybe then the lines wouldn't look so stark.  Live and learn ;-)

This concludes this journal book and tomorrow I hope to find my new Stillman and Birn journal book is amongst the packages waiting for me to pick up!! 


Vicki Holdwick said...

Love this, Susan,

I actually love the scale of the watercolor and like how you balanced it out with the framed sketch on the right and the journaling below.


Sandy Sandy said...

Love your work and your journals. Congratulations on wrapping it up!

Jacqueline said...

Great blog! Thanks for sharing :)

Susan Bronsak said...

Thank you, thank you, and thank you Ladies!!! I appreciate it!! what happened and my adding the photo of my son, Travis got a kick out of it. He recognized it right off (laughing)

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