Friday, October 18, 2013

Different Experience

As I get close to finishing several Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, I decided to get a couple Moleskine journal books.  One is the Sketchbook and the other is the Watercolor.  Both small.

With my first sketch I chose to try the sketchbook series which is a heavy paper with a very slick surface.  I think more so than the Zeta series in the Stillman & Birn family.  It was definitely a different experience.  Not bad or good but interesting providing me with a new challenge in how ink and watercolor goes down on the paper surface.

I used my Pilot Prera with Lexington Gray ink which just seemed to glide across the surface.  I found it applied the ink wetter making it a little bit of a challenge getting the lighter marks I can achieve in the Stillman & Birn journals.  And watercolor, when applied, wanted to just sit on top beading like it would on a plastic palette surface.  When I made the long strokes of the pine needles, the color lines were broken.  Not necessarily a bad thing either.

So here's my first pen and ink plus watercolor in the Moleskine Sketching journal.


lee kline said...

Do you ever do "Theme" journals? I do them for trips we take, but have been thinking of other subjects I could focus on, such as our garden and the many lakes around here.

Susan Bronsak said...

I tried that when I first started but couldn't stick with it. I have several sketchbooks going at the same time all with different surfaces. I choose a sketchbook by what surface I want to work on or size of page. And I never know what will interest me at any given

Maybe if I had journals with fewer pages I might be able to do that. When I start a journal the fun is filling it. If I were to work on themes with as many pages as are in my journals, I'd get bored or they would never get filled.

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