Monday, December 5, 2016

The Zelhem Travel Journal - part two of two

Last post I showed you the first  part of my Zelhem Travel Journal. Zelhem is the town my sister lives in and it's also where I stayed last October for my free vacation at her house. I kept this small A6 travel journal and today I'd like to show you the rest of the inside of it.

I'm quite proud of how much drawing I got done this vacation, but make no mistake, I'm not a good urban or outdoor sketcher. Most of these were done in the comfort of my sister's home after photographs I took.

Also, sketching always takes a lot of effort for me. I think I'm okay skill wise (not great but okay), but I just find it hard to really get into it. Not sure why. Give me a bit of paper and a couple of markers and I will gladly puzzle out a pattern or a doodle for hours on end, but to take ten minutes to actually draw something real? That will always be a bit like homework to me.To each her own I guess.

I do like the results mostly though, so sometimes it's good to push yourself anyway. Even the drawings that aren't great are still a wonderful memory to keep. And it makes for a fun journal to look into afterwards.

Here's the rest of the Zelhem Travel Journal:

A wrap up of the fourth day.

Extra dark chocolate is the way to go. Plus a note of how for the first time this season it was cold enough to see my breath.

An overview of day five.

Instructions my sister left for the house and such. The wifi was sketchy, hence the sad face she drew. ;-)

Flowers in sisters patio.

An owl decoration in sisters patio.

Day six wrap up.

Instructions on how to care for Jinte.

These were the supplies I took. Everything fit into that blue pouch, including the journal!

A field seen on one of my walks.

Day seven overview.

I like luxury coffees. It's a bit of an addiction I'm afraid.

The little makeshift studio I made in sisters house.

The last night plus the journey home.

The last morning with Jinte, look at that face. The first night home with my Spooky. He was very pleased indeed.

It isn't until now that I write these posts about my travel journal that I realise I never did a wrap up of the eighth day! How weird is that? I never even missed it. Oh well, the book is full now and I still have the pictures to prove there actually was a day eight, haha.

Anyway, that's a wrap on the Zelhem Travel Journal for this year. I hope to be lucky enough next year to visit there again. We'll see how it goes.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Friday, December 2, 2016

The Zelhem Travel Journal - part one of two

Last October I went to stay in my sister's house for a little vacation while she and her husband vacationed elsewhere. I do this every year and it's become a very wonderful way to get away to a beautiful place for free. This time there was even the bonus of her cute little dog Jinte whom I took on many a walk. If you want to see the pictures I took during that week you can see those here, here and here.

Of course I also made a travel journal while I was there. I chose a very small compact format this time, an A6 Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook. The book measures about 4x6 inches (10x15 cm) and has beautiful very white sturdy paper in it. It seems that I am really starting to like small sizes when I'm away from home, it's just so practical.

The journal with the elastic strap around it.

The journal without the elastic strap holding it in check. ;-) It's stuffed!

In this post and the next I will show you the insides of this travel journal. Now I'm not going to show you every single spread, because a lot of the spreads look like this:

Which is of course totally cute, but all the photographs were already shown on the blog in the above mentioned posts.

So I'm going to stick with the more artsy pages that I did. I tried to do some sketching this vacation and I also added some ephemera here and there. I didn't really do any writing, but I did do a little lettering overview of every day in watercolour, just for memory keeping's sake.

Let's take a peek shall we?

Always start your journal with a painting pallet and big spelling mistake!

My luggage and some owls that I copied from sister's napkins.

More napkin birds. I found these so cute!

The first day overview.

One of the very few sketches I did en plein air.

Fair trade chocolate and I needed to buy a new pen, because it ran out the first night.

An attempt to sketch Jinte in pencil.

One of Jintes toys, very very squeaky.

A wrap up of day two.

I loved the shadows that these plants formed on the walls of a viaduct nearby.

Landscapes are hard.

An overview of day three.

So I drink a lot of tea.

An abandoned factory I came across on one of my walks.

A campsite had two retired fighter jets near their entrance. It was really weird.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this first part of my travel journal. I will be back next time with the rest.

For now I wish you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Forest Walk

It's no secret I love fall and winter so the current time of year makes me very happy. In fact I already feel like time is going way too fast when it's only a few weeks before we will have the shortest amount of daylight (December 21st). I love the long nights, the cool air, the way everything becomes quiet and first colourful and then sort of desolate. This is my season!

This is also the perfect time of year for a walk in the woods. On one of my recent walks I brought my camera so I could take you with me without having to take you with me, if you know what I mean. I do love to walk on my own without distractions, haha.

Here's an impression of a nice forest walk:

It wasn't until I came home that I found out that I had set the colour setting in my camera wrong so things look a bit more green than they were. I was a bit bummed by that, but I still think the pictures are rather pretty and I hope you think so too.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

From the Morning Book

As the end of the year approaches so does the end of my Morning Book. I'm not there yet and I may not finish it completely within this year, but I have only about ten pages to go. I guess it depends on how intricate those pages are whether or not I will finish this year.

In any case I am already thinking about my next Morning Book. What paper? What size? And most of all: how will I fill it? I have all sorts of ideas, but nothing is decided yet. All I know is that my morning art practice of half an hour a day will continue after the current book is full. And that is good to know! ;-)

Here are six pages that I finished recently:

This is the one I showed as a step by step in my previous post.

The first two pages were drawn with a drawing pen and coloured in with (washed) Derwent Inktense pencils. The rest was done with my favorite markers: Faber Castell Pittpens. They absolutely love the paper in this journal (a Dylusions square one), because it's so smooth and solid.

As you can see I have a lot of fun experimenting with the same colour combinations in different setups. Pattern play just makes me happy.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!
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