Sketchbook feast 😛😆

I took out my sketchbooks, a few days ago, to prepare an exhibition ☺️ (I will definitely talk  to you about this very special exhibition soon!! 😉).

Finally, I thought this vision was such a feast for the eyes that I should share it with you!!! 😀😍 

Feel free to click on the pic to see it at a bigger size! 😉

These are some sketchbooks I worked on during the past two and a half years. 

My favorite technique is watercolor only but you can see some ink and wash sketches too, a few done with pencils… That’s sometimes good to change and some subjects are not easy to handle straight with the brush. ☺️ 

Some sketchbooks are at a A5 format, but the more recent ones are at a A4 format. Some are handbound with Arches cold press watercolor paper and others, again the latests, are cheap Daler Rowney sketchbooks I bought. Continue reading

Travel journal. Catch the evocative details!

We reminded ourselves previously how much it is important to include wide views in our travels (and everyday) journals….

But, I am pretty sure that only such big wide views like that couldn’t make a the greatest travel journal on their own. That’s because memories like to hide in simple things, small details and apparently insignificant experiences!  

  I admit I especially like this spread, because of the sardine bones that were here on the page when I sketched this streetscape that I thought was rather successful. Together, they really tell the story of Alvor, a lovely Portuguese fishermans city. ☺️

Thus, it is essential to include these kind of evocative details drawings in your sketchbooks. And I am going to make a confidence… These are often my favorites sketches! Continue reading

Travel journal : the big picture. Wide views sketches!

I just came back from a 12 days watercolor workshop with Marc Taro Holmes and it was a blast!! 😀
Non stop sketching, impressive demos, adorable fellow sketchers, sketching talks, good food (I had never eaten so much fish in my life, before!! 😁), lovely and amazing places in Portugal… what an awesome adventure! 

Moreover, meeting Marc and benefitting from his advices were way more than the icing on the cake (or the fish?! 😂), of course! 😀 If you don’t already follow Marc’s blog, please visit it at citizensketcher.com.

I am going to share my sketches and my travel journal pages through several articles. I will try to evoke my learnings and to give you some advices for your own travel (or day to day) sketches too.
This first article is about sketching wide views. 😊 

 Prainha, Alvor. Portugal. (Because sketching wide view doesn’t necessarily means producing detailing tedious sketches. 😉 Sometimes, loose is more!!! 😝) Continue reading

Sketchbook leaf through. Feb 2016.

I, at last, managed to add the final touches to my February sketchbook. 😊

I call it “my orchid sketchbook”, as I sketched the plant three times in it, one for each bloom, as a recurrent element. That’s why I chose some pink and purple Japanese masking tape to embellish the cover. 😉

  
  
 
I hope you will like to leaf through my sketchbook, enjoying my sketches of the wolf museum, the Brittain coast, of my garden or some urban views, of various objects… and of my orchid, of course! 😝

Here is the video. Continue reading

For your sketchbook to become a sort of illustrated journal

Strangely, I am not really interested in making watercolor paintings on some big sheets of paper to hang on the walls or to draw some random subjects from pics found on the web… 😳

It’s really important for me that the sketching technique is used for a purpose, to enhance a subject I love, a moment I want to remember and that my sketchbook become a “visual journal”.

I call them “sketchbooks” but my goal is more creating a sort of “travel journal” feel with the sketches I make at home and in my surroundings. 😉
I am thrilled about creating an illustrated journal from my life!
That’s not even really to create a “souvenir” as the best part, in my opinion, is creating it, not browsing it. I think it’s a way to live (yep!). 😀 Creating is my way to look at things, to appreciate them, and to be happy! (I even wrote a book about “day to day photography” and enhancing your sourroundings subjects so that’s not new for me. It’s probably a part of my personality. Perhaps of yours too? ☺️)

Whoo, what a chatty girl!… 😁

So, in this “Sketchbook” category, I would like to share with you my habits and tips to convert a simple sketchbook page to a journal one, in a travel diary style.

Text and ephemera adds, borders, stamps and even some special ways to associate your sketches can change easily the feeling of a simple notebook. It don’t need much! Sketches are, of course, the most important part, but a few things can help you to reach a new level. 😀

Along with the articles, I will show you some videos of my sketchbooks leafthrough. I hope it will inspire you!
Here is a video of the sketchbook I have just finished. 🙂 Continue reading