Friday, December 15, 2017

Decorating the Journal

I love journaling. For me the journal is a combination of writing and imagery. The imagery can be from daily life, photographs, stickers, ephemera and drawing. I do enjoy decorating the journal, but because I write so much not every spread gets a pretty layout to write in, I simply cannot keep up with my own writing, haha, so often I will just quickly stick a sticker or an image on there and move on.

Still every now and then I like to sit down for a little while and just prep some pages for future writing. I thought I would show you some samples of that from a decorating session I had a few days ago. I kept the same colour scheme for all four spreads and it was a lot of fun to do.





The colours (red, blue and yellow) were based on the washi tape that is on the right of the first spread. I like the simplicity of these layouts and they give me lots of room to write donw my thoughts, since I have many many thoughts.

In time I will show how these spreads look when they are written on. The writing will make the pages less pristine, but more alive and I like my journals to look as if they are being lived in instead of overly clean. I think of all the books an sketchbooks I keep the journals will always be most dear to me. They are the closest reflection of who I am and how I live my life.

I hope you are keeping some record of your life that is dear to you, in whatever form you choose and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Open grids

My love of grids can no longer be a surprise to you.
What is a surprise is how I can still find new ways to play with them. A thing I have been interested in lately is doing what I call 'open grid drawings'.

Usually I have the tendency to fill a page to the brim with colour, but now I am experimenting leaving empty spaces in between my patterns. It's a whole new grid world to explore!

Here are some examples of what I mean:





I will often work on these later in the evening when the day is mostly done. They relax me and give me an artsy closing to my day. I just sit on the couch with my feet up and this book on my lap and a podcast in my ears and all is well with the world.

I also enjoy exploring different colour combinations. To step out of my own comfort zone I sometimes like to look for colour palettes online and so use combinations I would not think of myself. The last two drawings are a result of that.

All these were done in Stabilo 68 felt tip pens, still my favorites for playing with grids. The sketchbook is a Moleskine XL softcover squared book. I love the size of this book which is very close to B5.

Hope you are exploring new angles of your favorite pastimes and that it is bringing you joy. Have a wonderful and artsy day!


Friday, December 8, 2017

Ferry Art

Living on an island means lots of travel by ferry and since the main land is an hour and a half a way it means there's plenty of time on board to do the things you like doing. Reading for instance, or writing, or drawing.

When I draw it is usually in my journal, but I do have a special not too big moleskine cahier for grid drawings. I don't work in it often, but it's nice to know it's there.

These pages are from that sketchbook:





Doing these can sometimes take several trips and even though I also work at them in coffeeshops and the like I still consider them ferry art, because they are all done away from the island.
It's nice to be able to do a bit of art everywhere.

I hope you liked this peek into my ferry art sketchbook and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy weekend!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Another step by step watercolour mosaic

I love how my current morning art project gives me the opportunity to show the process of a painting. I paint half an hour every morning and these watercolour mosaics are pretty slow going.

Here's another watercolour mosaic in half hour increments:










Differences in colours are due to the different lighting circumstances when I paint. On workdays I paint with artificial light and on other days usually with daylight, although as the colder season progresses the days get shorter and shorter.

Hope you liked this peek into  my process and wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Around here lately...

Just some random pictures of the past few months, because that is my life too....

The things you can do while a mechanic is replacing the electricity meter.

Feeling watched at a restaurant.

Being extra cute when your human writes about you is always the smart thing to do.

A weekend trip to Amsterdam. The view from the A'dam Tower

The Museum Plein in Amsterdam. I visited the Van Gogh Museum. Highly recommended.

Participated in Dewey's 24 hour readathon. These are the essential ingredients!

Spooky thinks readathons are made for cats, since there is fulll time lap space.

Decorating the journal again.

The beach after a huge fall storm. This is actually low tide!

Changeable weather leads to many rainbows. This one didn't fit in the picture. 

Cutting up  magazines for collage fodder.

Journal writing, it never gets old.

Making collage sheets out of painted paper and stamps.

And then cutting them up of course, so they are ready for use.

Christmas in November. Okay then.

Work has been stressy lately, but life in general has been good, so I can't complain.

Hope you are content in your neck of the woods and that life is giving you some good times in between the everyday nonsense we all have to face one way or another. ;-) Sending good vibes your way.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Media Journal

A while back I stumbled upon a YouTube video by Dina Wakley where she showed an art journal that I absolutely fell in love with at first sight.

Did I need another sketchbook/journal? Hell no! But sketchbooks (and art supplies in general) are to me what clothes and shoes are to most other women. You may have dozens of them, but you don't have this one yet! So yeah, I bought it.

It's about B5 size (I love the B sizes more than the A sizes for some reason, don't ask me why)

It has thick white cotton paper....

...and burlap pages....

...and canvas pages...

....and kraft paper pages!

It's the different surfaces that lured me in. If you are even remotely as greedy as me when it comes to sketchbooks, I'm sure you understand.

So far I have only worked on the first four pages which are made of the white thick cotton paper. The paper holds up very well to different media, so I love it so far.

Here's a look at what I did:

Abstract in watercolour.

Doodle drawing in markers and gel pens.

Collage with paper, and flowers in coloured pencil.

Collage with gouache and decorative papers.

 I used all sorts of media on it, from wet to dry and collage as well and it's all going down fine.

The next page I have to do is a burlap one and I have ideas of using embroidery thread on it. I'll let you know how that goes.

For now I'm pretty pleased with my purchase and I look forward to seeing where this book will take me.

Wishing you all a wonderful and artsy day!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A last peek at the Leuchtturm (a journal)

About a month ago I finished my Leuchtturm1917 dotted journal. I worked in it for about three months and I loved loved loved it! In fact I loved it so much, that when the end of the journal was drawing near I bought another Leuchtturm to replace it. That one is for another post, but it was the first time in my personal journaling history that I decided to let the next book be exactly the same as the previous one. That should tell you something about how much I love these notebooks.

Another thing that will tell you how much I love a book is how stuffed it gets with...well...stuff. When I look at the filled up book I can see it's well used, but it doesn't seem all that oversized. That is until I put it side by side with the new book, like this:


When it's not bound with the cover elastic it's even thicker! The new book still looks so pristine in this picture, but it has now been used for a month and is already getting that cosy look of a journal well used, so that's good.

Anyway, the first Leuchtturm is full. Before I fully closed it I still had to decorate the inside covers and decided to use some photographs of our local lighthouse to do that. Leuchtturm after all is the German word for lighthouse. Here's how that turned out:



And here is selection of spreads from the last part of this well loved journal. You can see the other two parts here and here. Enjoy!





















As you can see I did a bit of everything in this book, even some drawing and sketching. The paper is ideal for felttip pens and drawing pens and those are my favorite materials right now. I would however not recommend this book if you like wet media or mixed media, it's definitely not an allround sketchbook, it's very much a good quality notebook. The sketches above were done at an exhibit in Rotterdam about masks. 

This journal was also used as my travel journal in October plus I took it with me on a weekend trip to Amsterdam. Because the book is quite compact it is easy to take with you everywhere which I really liked. I think of a journal as a type of daily companion book and that is a lot easier to do if it's not too big. Still, I'm sure in time I will do huge books again, that's just my need for variation. For now I am just grateful for this newly filled up book that I enjoyed using so much.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my daily journal and I wish you all a wonderful and artsy day.



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