Friday, April 15, 2011

Watercolor Journals

I finished a couple of watercolor journals yesterday - one was a special order and will be winging its way to Texas later today.

This one was made with 140# Arches watercolor paper.

The other is a 6 x 6 journal made with 140# Strathmore watercolor paper (both less expensive and easier to fold than the Arches). It features an open spine with the coptic stitch and has 5 signatures of 3 folios each for a total of 60 pages.

I love the repurposed covers on this one.

I am currently working on a small softbound sketch journal with a slotted cover and another hard cover coptic stitch medium sized journal. I hope to get those finished today.

Meanwhile, today is the day I plan to reintroduce myself to the treadmill. It's been far too long. It always amazes me how easily an important part of my routine suddenly collapses.

I haven't checked on my friend Nancy lately because I don't want to disturb her with a phone call in case she is sleeping, but I'm hoping she is on the mend. I really miss her. My class at Hollander's this weekend won't be the same without her.

I am planning to participate in Every Day in May ( this link will take you to Wendy Shortland's page where there is a link to a PDF file with the particulars) and it wouldn't hurt to get started a bit early so that I am primed and ready when it begins. I am itching to do some sketching. But my house is seriously in need of a good clean (actually I spent several hours in the kitchen earlier this week and it is squeaky clean - except I have to clean out the refrigerator). I especially need to clean the dreaded bathrooms and there is some laundry to be done. I may have to use a strategy from when I was younger where I get to reward myself after a bit of cleaning. I am going to try setting the timer for an hour and then stop the housework and do a sketch. I am going to try a barn setting today.

What do you have planned for today? I hope it includes some "you" time.



  1. These books are beautiful! I especially love the first one. (If I already left a comment on this post, consider the condition of the source ... lol). hugs, nancy

  2. Those are gorgeous journals you have created! Sounds like you have been busy!
    I know what you mean about the treadmill and the cleaning!!
    Take care.

  3. Great journals, I always reward myself when I finish the horrible jobs, it works!

  4. Your journals are wonderful. I joined the Every Day in May group - thanks to you. I hope I'm up to the challenge!

  5. Your journals a beautiful. I just wanted to add my voice here.

    Richard Jordan

  6. Good morning, I love the journals! You have inspired me to try my hand at coptic stitched journals and I'm now addicted. I'm off to explore the Every Day in May link as well since I seem to need the encuragement to sketch every day.
    Thans so much for sharing with us!


  7. Very nice journals...I can't imagine folding Arches 140 lb. paper into pages. I've used that paper for watercolor for years and admit it's my favorite.

    I'm headed for the cat show this morning to look for another Abby cat to fill the hole left when my beloved KitterPye died suddenly at age 4 in Dec. Broke my heart. The house isn't the same without my little bad boy.

    We're finally having a perfect spring day...going to be 89 today and into the 90's tomorrow. Last week we had hail and snow and wind! Go figure. Now I can start walking again, something I haven't done in over a year, because of the wind. It's so easy to fall off program, so I can relate to your comment.

  8. Gorgeous journals, thanks for the eye candy. Will try EDiM. And timer method.

  9. wow beautiful your journals !! really lovely posting and interesting details shared in the post. great your idea i like it

  10. Beautiful, Vicki! I've been meaning to try this for so long!