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HANDMADE BLANK ART SKETCHBOOK JOURNALS

HANDMADE BLANK ART JOURNALS
The cover papers of these handmade blank books are beautiful handmade papers. The 14 double-sided (28 pages to paint or draw on) interior pages are 90 lb. Stonehenge paper, which is a traditional fine art paper with a smooth, flawless surface that is slightly mottled to resemble actual vellum. Use it for watercolor, printmaking, pen-and-ink, pencil, or pastel.  These books are made using a Coptic stitch in a traditional book-binding method.  The books have a wonderful “hefty” feel to them, the page paper is thick.  The cover can inspire art for the interior of the book:  Blue fish could be a sketchbook of 28 sketches/paintings of fish, the Aqua marbled book could have sketches of ocean landscapes or planets, the colorful paper umbrella book could have sketches of your own hand-painted umbrellas or fans OR your blank books could hold your poetry and dreams.  It’s up to you!

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ILLUSTRATED WATERCOLOR ART JOURNAL – MAY 2014 – A WEEK FILLED WITH ART, BLOOMING FLOWERS & SAN DIEGO FIRES

May 2014 Art Journal - Page 61 WATERMARK

 

MIDDLE OF MAY 2014 – 2014 ART JOURNAL OF AN ARTIST LIVING BY THE SEA –   This week was one filled with 8 San Diego Wild Fires & raging Santa Ana winds.  It was 96 degrees at the coast, which is unheard of & broke records back to the 1950s.  I put Chinese paper umbrellas over one of my shade plants to protect it from the blazing sun & drank iced peppermint tea to try to stay cool before the arrival of a portable air conditioner!  It was just too hot to spend time at the beach & I only drove by to visit quickly.  One afternoon was spent making greeting cards of a cute flower cart design.  Lots of reading due to the heat. One day I stopped and took photos of Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) flowers, which are blooming everywhere now & a lovely yard with a white picket fence & cascading roses caught my camera lens, too.  This week I did paintings of cactus & desert wildflowers and one Goldfinch & Zinnia Japanese Etegami postcard.  

One of the great advantages of my illustrated 2014 Art Journal is to count my blessings and to focus on the moments of beauty in my life.  Art is a way to gratefulness for me.