4/21/2017

New Leather Journal


I love my sketchbooks and right now, I have at least 4 that I am working in at the same time. Each one has a different purpose.  My daily journal is the one I carry with me to sketch anything that strikes me as interesting at the moment.  It is really more of a diary and even though I don't write much in it, my sketches journal where I have been and what I have been doing.

One of my favorite journals was purchased from Iona Handcrafted Books at the Main Street Festival in Ft. Worth several years ago.  It is a very special, very beautiful journal that, although it is worth every penny, was more than I have ever spent on a sketchbook.  I looked at it for a year before I touched it with a pencil.  I was afraid that I would mess it up! I now use it to document the travels Wayne and I have made.  Since I started drawing in it, I am not as afraid of ruining it and have even added some ink and watercolor.  But when I sketch on a trip, graphite (my favorite medium) smears before I return home to spray it with fixative.

Another book artist that I follow is Mind's Eye Journals.  She makes gorgeous leather journals too.  I love the leather books, the smell, the feel, the cool factor!  And as I said before, although they are worth every penny, it is more than I can spend on a sketchbook. 

After watching Youtube videos, studying the Iona journal that I own, and finding inspiration from Minds Eye and Iona, I have decided to try to make my own journal.  I found a great deal on a very large piece of leather and I bought large sheets of Strathmore Mixed Media paper from Blick Art Supplies. By hand making my own leather journal, I am completely customizing it to my needs.  The Mixed Media paper is a 90lb paper that is nice to draw on and can take ink or light watercolor washes.  It is also cheaper than watercolor paper, a better choice for a first try at journal making.

To address the problem of my drawings smearing before I am able to spray them with fixative, I am putting tracing paper between each sheet of paper.  With it bound into the book, I won't have to try to hang onto loose sheets of tracing paper.  This is my work so far......

 The leather....



The papers.....



Folding and layering the paper and tracing paper......



The papers folded into signatures.....



A preview of what the journal will look like after the signatures are stitched.....



I am really excited to start stitching!  I haven't decided on a closure yet.  Stay tuned for updates!


4/17/2017

Gus' 1st Birthday

This weekend, we celebrated Gus' 1st birthday.  He got an Outward Hound tree trunk filled with 6 squirrels.  Two are already MIA.......




Gus loves this!  Actually, he got a smaller version for Christmas but one by one chewed the squirrels beyond repair.  He loved it so much, we got this larger version. 


He also got a box of dog cookies.  There was one large iced cookie in the center of the box that had "Happy Birthday" written on top.......




Gus was a little too excited to want to pose for photos!


 


He ran around with the cookie in his mouth looking for a good place to bury it .....







He carried it in his mouth until the letters started melting off....



and when he couldn't find a hiding place good enough he ate the whole thing!!  Yum!

All in all I think he's had a pretty good day!

4/15/2017

Working on Gray Toned Paper




I like working in my Gray Toned Strathmore Sketchbook and my sisters love it when I push myself to try something new  : )







4/11/2017

Sermon Notes

Inspired by Vicky Williamson's Blog I have started carrying a sketchbook to church.  I have been sketching on church bulletins for years, but they get scattered or eventually thrown away. I always intend to go back and reread the scriptures and lessons but don't always do that.  I figured, with a designated sketchbook, I would have all my notes in one book and they wouldn't get lost.  I took my daily journal to church this weekend and it is a little too large for this purpose.  So I will look for a smaller one soon.  But I will share my little sketches with you today....














4/06/2017

More Road Trip

While we were staying in San Antonio last weekend, we took a drive and ended up in Boerne, TX.  We shopped a bit and then had a wonderful lunch at The Creek.....






 It was a very cloudy day so my photos didn't turn out very well, but we had a great day!