Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Third Bronckhorst Journal (unfinished)

When I went on vacation a few weeks ago I had big plans, fun plans too.  I put together a simple journal and I was going to fill it. It was as simple as that and to make it even simpler all I took in supplies were some drawing pens and my watercolor box. Oh boy, was that going to be a colorful journal by the time I got back!

Um...yeah...well...so much for the plans.

I did a little drawing, but mostly my journal remained untouched. The only times I worked in it were the first two days of my vacation. Those pages turned out really nice, but when I got back the journal was nowhere near filled.

I did a cover:

The front.

The back.

As you can see on the back I wanted to just play with art and stay away from the online world. Well, I kept my word on the latter, but the art play pretty much was non existent. It's not that I didn't have time, I just didn't really feel like it. I wanted to laze about, read books and do...nothing. It was my vacation dammit. ;-)

On my first day there I did do the insides of the covers and decided to turn those into a mini journal with the highlights of the day. Here's what those look like:



As the week went on I just got lazier and lazier and I didn't mind really. I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it a lot. It's just that this journal suffered from it by remaining empty. And now I suffer from an empty journal, a sad thing for an art journal fanatic like myself.

The only page outside the cover pages that I did was this one:


I like the bright colors of all these pages a lot. I don't like that there's so few of them.

But...during the week I did write in my notebook, took pictures, collected all kinds of ephemera and now I have this whole package of loose things that still needs to be put into this journal somehow. So that's my mission for the coming time: to fill this journal and make it work after all and decorate it with more watercolor doodles.

Keep your fingers crossed that I will get this job done!

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy week!

28 comments:

  1. Al heb je minder gedaan dan wat je bedoeling was - het ziet er wél lekker kleurig uit! En gewoon niksdoen moet af en toe ook kunnen ... ;-D

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    1. Heb je helemaal gelijk in hoor! Ik voel me er ook niet schuldig over, maar vind het wel jammer van mijn vakantieverslagje. Ik wil het nu alsnog afmaken, dus werk aan de winkel!

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  2. Heerlijk toch, lui zijn!! Al snap ik wel dat aie lege paginas je verwijtend aanstaren.. Wat je gemaakt hebt is wel erg mooi en kleurig, geeft een bijzonder effect. Zowel over een pagian als 4 op een bladzijde.
    Trouwens... Koopman bedonderd???

    Groet en een fijne week toegewenst!
    Wanda

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    1. Hihi, dat zal ik even uitleggen: ik had op de markt een kraam getroffen waar ze hele mooie resten damast verkochten. Zes stukken voor een tientje geloof ik. Dus ik wat stukken uitzoeken en ik was ervan overtuigd er zes gepakt te hebben. Die man nog zeggen: 'Dat controleer ik niet hoor mevrouw, ik vertrouw u wel.' Helemaal terecht vond ik. Maar thuis aangekomen bleken er zeven stukken damast in mijn tas te zitten. Aiaiai, dus toch zonder opzet een onbetrouwbaar exemplaar! Tja, kon er tegen die tijd weinig meer aan doen, zal het damast maar extra koesteren denk ik.

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  3. Sometimes it's best to do just what you are supposed to do when you are supposed to do it. And sometimes that something is nothing. (Hmm, did that make ANY sense? haha) I no longer feel guilty about doing nothing, cause a lot of times that is just the something I'm meant to be doing! (no, I have not been drinking as I write this!)
    :-)

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    1. Makes perfect sense. Sometimes doing nothing is good for you and I really relaxed and caught up on sleep too that week. I'm not really sorry for my laziness, I just think it's a pity I am now stuck with a travel journal that still needs to be finished. Oh well...there's worse things I suppose, at least I love filling books!

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  4. I can really relate to this. I always have such good intentions to draw and document my vacations, but the lure of a nap or good book on the beach is irresistible.

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    1. Oh well, they don't call it a vacation for nothing. :-) Naps are mandatory in my opinion.

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  5. Dat ziet er weer fantastisch uit. Ik bewonder je creativiteit en geduld, want dat zul je er ook wel bij nodig hebben.

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    1. Dank je wel.Zo'n pagina kost inderdaad best veel tijd, maar het is ook relaxend.

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  6. What you have done already is gorgeous, and I am sure the time will come when it seems right to do more. The hardest thing is keeping some basic record of what you did when, and you have already done that with your lovely colours. I think it's a great beginning, and if you need encouragement to finish it in due course, we are here waiting to see it, when the time comes!

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    1. Well, the basic record I have with my writing, photos and ephemera. Now I have to put it all together. Still a big job. But a fun one.

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  7. Oh My, Caatje, the colours are beautiful. I know what you are saying..... Earlier this year I went to Paris, London and Scotland and after all good intentions of filling my sketchbook I ended up with two pages!

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    1. Thank you! I rarely sketch my surroundings. Mostly I doodle like above or do collages and writing. I am usually quite good at journal keeping during trips, but this was my lazy week. ;-)

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  8. A little goes a long way, the colors are my favorite. Stop by and share this page with the Show me what you got art linkup so other artists can see too!

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    1. Thank you Mary, I'll look into to it.

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  9. I also love the vibrant colors Caatje and agree with Pat: it's OK to do nothing if that's what you feel like-especially on your holiday. I go through this myself sometimes: I look forward to a day off or a few hours to create and find myself simply wanting to relax, read or nap...I think this indirectly helps us fill our creative wells.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful watercolors!

    Dawn

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    1. Thanks Dawn. I know it's more than okay to do nothing from time to time (it's wonderful!). It's just that now I need to finish a journal afterwards that I kindof wanted to be done with already.

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  10. Caatje, the colors are vibrant and beautiful! I'm sure you will get around to filling your journal with the things you've collected during your holiday. Some times I find it takes a bit of time after the event to be able to sort through the images in my head and put them into a journal. Looking forward to seeing your journal pages.

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    1. Thank you Suzy! I will definitely keep you all posted about the progress.

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  11. Het ziet er geweldig uit!! Je kunt m nog volmaken, maar ook lekker lege pagina's houden...als je dan later terugkijkt, herinneren die lege bladzijdes je aan die heerlijke luie dagen;-))

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    1. Vijfentwintig lege en vijf volle pagina's, da's wel heel veel luiheid, haha! En ach, ik moet toch ergens naartoe met dat losse spul. :-)

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  12. I love it! I love your posts Caatje always so inspiring.

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  13. But you can fill it now with what you did then--artwise, anyway. Or you could simply go with the idea and carry it further. Whatever you do, it will be lovely, no doubt.

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    1. I know it will work out eventually. It just feels like extra work right now, because in my mind it should have been finished while I was there, you know. ;-)

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  14. Wat zien je pagina's er geweldig uit! Ik moest erg lachen om je criminele praktijk :-) En de AH XL, geweldig he! Daar naar binnen gaan kost mij altijd een kapitaal :-)

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    1. Hihi, het scheelde dat ik ver van huis was en dus alleen maar houdbare zaken mee kon nemen én daarbij al veel geshopt had, dus ik mocht maar een paar dingen meenemen. Maar och, wat zou ik graag zo'n AH XL op Vlie willen, of voor mijn part in Harlingen. Daar zijn onze supermarktjes toch wel een beetje zielig bij. ;-)

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