ODE TO SUMMER 2013 – After Labor Day the tourists go home, the weather gets a bit cooler and the beach belongs to the locals again. Even the seals, sea lions, pelicans and cormorants seem to know that the beach is safe to spend more time there. Lovely, just lovely to live by the sea.
SUPPLIES & TIPS – ART JOURNALS – This is a page from my 2013 Art Journal, which is is 4 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches long. In 2011 and 2012 I did one watercolor each day for 2 years. In 2013, I wanted to change it up a bit, so I decided not to limit myself as much. I decided to make my pages be sort of like tiny watercolor mosaics. I create little mosaic “tiles” in any shape and size I want; circles, squares, hearts, etc. Right now, I am painting one page a week, instead of painting one page a day. I also am not constraining myself to painting one image for one day. Sometimes I paint a few images for one day. & sometimes I paint an entire page for just one day or event. This seems to change it up enough to that now 9 months into 2013, I am still motivated to work on it. I am not dating the pages so that if I want to publish this at some point it will show seasons, but not specific dates. I also keep a hand-written journal documenting my daily activities so I can decide what should be illustrated in my journal for each day. I keep a cheat sheet in the hand-written journal day by day.
MAKING YOUR OWN WATERCOLOR JOURNALS – I make my own watercolor journals by having watercolor paper cut and made into books, which Kinko’s binds for me. It is so much cheaper to make my own journals and I can use whatever weight and kind of watercolor paper I choose. I illustrate my journals with: Uni-ball vision water-proof and fade proof pen, Pigma Micron 01 and Zig calligraphy pens. I use Winsor & Newton watercolors or sometimes my Japanese brush painting color inks .