|Detail from journal page|
Inspired by all the activity, I pulled out my new Strathmore Visual Journal with watercolor paper and jotted down some thoughts with a Sharpie pen. Then I put a wash over gesso over the page. I sketched the birds with a soft charcoal pencil. Then I worked the page altering between the gesso and charcoal. A light spray of walnut ink that was mostly blotted off added some warmth to the page. A bit of Prussian Blue oil pastel was added to the birds and a bit of the background which was followed up with more gesso wash.
Graphite details sketched back in. A colored pencil gave the page a title. I used Souffle matte ink pen to outline "snowbirds" and write over the journaling that was done in graphite.
A few details were added with Sharpie poster markers. The snowflakes were stamped on using Lagoon-colored Chalk Ink.
|Strathmore Visual Journal with Watercolor Paper|
I am very pleased with the quality of the new Strathmore Visual Journal. It has stood up well to the wet layers I put down with minimal distortion of the page. Most media that I've drawn with have gone on easily. I have only been able to get the smaller sized (5.5 x 8 inch) journals at the local Hobby Lobby. I think I may put together my own journal with their tablet paper that is available. It's easy to fill the smaller format, but sometimes my ideas are bigger than that.