I’ve decided to start a sketchbook/garden journal this year. Starting this during the winter is proving to be a challenge, but I if I can keep this up until spring kicks in I will be golden! I am currently using a Story Supply Co. pocket notebook for this. I love the compact size of these notebooks and the faint grid. The paper is also very friendly to fountain pens, art pens, and pencils. This allows me to use both sides of the paper without fear of anything bleeding through.
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I’ve also started using bottled inks with my artwork. I’m finding the colors to be much more intense, and I like that the inks work great with sketch paper and Bristol Board. I was finding the watercolor paper to be very challenging when using pens and pencils.
Landland sketchbook with Robert Oster inks
That’s all for today…thanks for taking the time to read my post…Erik
I’ve put away the pens and I am now embracing loose watercolors and pencil. I used a lot of pencils in college, and I always enjoyed them. I’m not sure why I stopped using them. After trying several different brands I have settled on Blackwing pencils and the original Palomino pencils. Beautiful pencils and the best graphite I have ever used!
I am also skipping the pens with my watercolors, for now. That may change. But, I really love the challenge of painting loose. In theory it seems easy enough, bold brush strokes and minimal detail. But the challenge of telling the your story with minimal brush marks is really exciting to me.
Loose watercolor of zinnias on St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford cold press paper
Old Stone Farmhouse on St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford cold press paper
The Old Stone Farmhouse in pencil in a Paper-Oh A5 journal
The zinnias were cut from our garden. They are a favorite in our house for cut flowers and the great variety of colors and blooms. The old farmhouse is located just outside of town. I don’t know the history of the house, but there is something about the crumbling stone and brick walls that really intrigues me. It’s a favorite subject of mine.
Right now my watercolor paper of choice is St Cuthberts Mill Saunders Waterford cold press, the sketchbook used for the farmhouse is a Paper-Oh A5 journal.
Thanks for stopping by…Erik