I picked this journal up a few months ago and decided to give it a try. I wasn't really sure what to expect as I haven't used Strathmore paper outside of watercolor pads many years ago that I didn't really care for. This journal, however, promises to be fun to use.
I like how color lifts; like how the paint spreads wet in wet; and even with a fan blowing over head, the paper stayed wet long enough for me to work an area without fear of it drying too quickly. The surface is bumpy on the front side of the page and slightly smoother on the back side.........both sides fun to work on.
One thing I noticed using a Micron pen, the ink could be lifted with the corner tip of a slanted flat brush. That's not such a bad thing either when necessary.
Very first page in the journal which consists of 140 lb Cold Press paper. Using Daniel Smith watercolors and Micron 03 and 005 pens.
Backside of the first page in the journal. Slightly smoother surface making it easier to use pen and ink; although, I really didn't find it to be much problem on the front either. Using Daniel Smith watercolors and Micron 03 pen.
I'm truly loving this accordion journal!!! The paper surface is a real joy to work on.
This next journal entry continues with my last trip to Venetian Gardens when Terry and I went last Sunday.
I have several more pages to do with various birds I came across that day. There are also landscape scenes and other subjects.............lots of tidbits to fill this journal :-)
The right page was done first with pen and ink (Micron) and then using Daniel Smith watercolors. Then I wrote the bit on the left side. I felt it was too plain looking so I then used pen and ink to draw the little bird illustration. That still didn't do it for me so I added a touch of watercolor. For me it added that little something extra to the page of notes.
It's been a super long time since I attempted to grow Jades........mainly due to the fact I never had decent locations in the house that provided the sunlight needed. Now that I live in Florida and the house we are in has a Sun or Florida room, I'm giving them a try again.
I purchased these through the local Lowe's and each is a little different......one with the larger leaves and muted greens and the other has smaller and lighter green leaves.
As noted on the pages, I'm playing with Daniel Smith tube greens. These pages are side by side in the Stillman & Birn Delta journals.
This past Sunday, I finally met a gentleman in one of my Art Groups through Facebook. There are several people in my group that live in or near where we have relocated and hope to meet them in person soon.
Lee picked me up Sunday morning and drove me around to various places he likes to sketch. The locations included Emeralda Marsh, Venetian Gardens, Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, and the main heart of Leesburg. These towns have such a charming quality about them - especially Mount Dora. Before returning home, he drove me to where he and his wife live and I had the opportunity to meet his lovely wife. Both are such nice people!!!!
After I was dropped off, I drove Terry out to see a couple of the places Lee drove me to. Venetian Gardens was one of those places and Terry and I spent quite some time there walking around.
Here is a pen and ink plus watercolor sketch of the swimming pool building where we parked. This was worked in a new Accordion Sketchbook Lee gifted me he picked up in France. I enjoyed working on this paper I've never used before. I've decided to dedicate the front fold out pages to Venetian Gardens and then not sure yet on what I'll dedicate the back sides to. I'm sure another location here where we live.....maybe Emeralda Marsh or maybe some of the wildlife - birds in particular I've seen already living here. :-)
Now that we've pretty much unpacked what we're going to use here at the house in Florida from Trip #2, I've been able to settle down a bit and work in my journals. We still have one more trip to make but needed a break.
This was done in the Handbook:
A plant we've never seen before picked up at Lowes. This house has a Florida room so I've picked up several flowering plants.
WOW, I cannot believe how far behind I am on posting here in my Blog. July and August was a tough month with Part 2 of a 3 Part relocation to Florida. Then some health issues hit and now here it is almost the middle of September.
Several of my posts here will be just including what I managed to accomplish without a great deal of "commentary"