Once in a while, I like to share travel tips for the traveling artist. I call these Watercolor Journey Travel Tips. I always take a watercolor journal with me when I travel and I am always looking for some smart, fun travel ideas for my supplies.
Here is a great zippered bag to hold a lot of art supplies such as pens, pencils, tubes of paint, erasers, small ruler or small scissors. You can get them at one of my favorite online stores, JetPens for pens and such. It is a Nomad Box Pen Case.
This stylish, large-capacity pen case opens wide and stays open so that you can easily pick out the pens you need.
Wide-opening main compartment that stays open on its own and holds approximately 30 pens.
Three pockets inside the main compartment for organizing small items like erasers, lead, and sticky notes: one large mesh pocket and two small fabric pockets.
One large outside pocket for frequently-accessed items.
A loop on one end for fastening the case to a clip, hanging it from a hook, or for using as a handle.
Have you taken your art outdoors lately? Whether in a man-made or natural setting, halfway around the globe or in your own backyard, creating en plein air can result in wonderful artwork inspired by the world around you. Artist Jacqueline Newbold is often inspired by nature for her mixed-media watercolor creations. In this article from our July/August 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine, Jacqueline shares her easy, stress-free technique for drawing and painting colorful flora and fauna.
Summer sunshine and blue skies bring out tiny creatures—ladybugs, dragonflies, frogs, and more. Flowers, birds, and animals are out in full force, too. Take a closer look at the wonderful world of flora and fauna surrounding you, and you may be surprised at their color-filled lives.
My interest in flora and fauna started in college when I was majoring in botany. Along with my plant studies, I took an entomology course (the study of insects) to help me get over my fear of little creepy, crawling bugs. What I discovered, with the help of a magnifying glass, was a fascinating world of insects cloaked in the most amazing array of colorful combinations. Bold stripes of black and gold, coats of gorgeous metallic turquoise and copper, delightful polka dots, and shimmering translucent fairy-like wings were just a few of the wonderful hues and patterns I found. Discovering this amazing tiny world of color did get me over my fear of insects, and it continues to give me inspiration and great subject matter for my watercolor journals.
When I first began adding flora and fauna to my journals, I was intimidated by the drawing process and trying to accurately depict these things. Over time I came up with an easy, stress-free technique. I convert flora and fauna into a series of connected ovals, circles, ellipses, and rectangular shapes, and then fine-tune the shapes as needed. It is much more manageable to think of them in this way. Now I enjoy drawing, painting, and adding my field observations of these delightful creatures to my journals.
The Creative Process, A Peak inside my Empty Watercolor Journal
Do you enjoy the anticipation of an upcoming vacation or trip? Do you practice packing your suitcase with your favorite clothes? To me the journey begins way before walking out the door, suitcase in hand. I love preparing my art supplies for my travels. Planning for my upcoming trip, Painting the Italian light, Orvieto, Italy. My smaller journal is a Strathmore 400 Field Watercolor Sketchbook. For years I have had a love/hate relationship with the Strathmore field book. Every other piece of (crappy) watercolor page alternates with a piece of drawing paper. This drawing paper is where my mixed-media imagination soars and I have probably filled at least 20 of these journals with art from my travels.
Pages in my journal prepared for the trip
First page in my new journal with inspiring quote.
in order to compensate for the not so great watercolor paper I tear my Strathmore Sketchbook apart. I kept the metal coil and the black hard covers. I filled it with Arches 140 paper alternating with Strathmore 400 series drawing paper. I prepared the drawing papers with colorful backgrounds and finished the first page with an inspiring quote for my upcoming trip: “To Paint…. to travel…. the combine the two is to celebrate life” (Jack Brouwer).
Artists can get a little bogged down once in awhile and need the inspiration to paint
Sometimes artists need the inspiration to paint. Maybe it is because we tend to paint the same subject matter, use the same color scheme, or feel like we are not growing in our art. One way to get a jump start on the new day ahead is to browse through the latest issue of the Art Journaling magazine. It is always filled with colorful, edgy, creative art. I am excited to say that my Baja Journal is featured in the latest issue of Art Journaling!
This is the cover of the new Art Journaling magazine published by Stampington and Co. I love seeing the brightly colored orange flower against the powder blue background. It is so simply painted and with the added splashes of white paint, the artist makes it look loose and lively. Why not try painting this flower to get you started on a colorful day! Simple, colorful and fun.
Art Journaling Summer 2018 Magazine Available July 1st!
Just out is the new ART JOURNALING MAGAZINE. The new Stampington Magazine is available for purchase. My article, Baja Journey Journal, is about including flora and fauna in my watercolor art journals. I show how I use field notes to collect information about the birds and animals that I observe. The field notes are helpful to my paintings and drawings.
In my last post, Watercolor Journaling, Part 1, I wrote, “It is all about timing and developing a feel for how much water is in the paint, on the brush, and on the paper. The water on the paper is continually drying as you are painting unless you are adding more and more water. Don’t do that! Try to add less and less water as the paint dries. See what happens!” I am hoping that you practiced this and are beginning to see how the relationship between the paper drying, the amount of water in your brush, and the amount of water in your watercolor paint. It is all so fun to play and discover the subtleties of watercolors!
More tips for watercolor journaling:
1. Continue to build up layers and layers of watercolor paint, letting each layer dry before painting the next. Another word for this is glazing. Applying a glaze on top of the same color darkens the value. The more glazes you add, the darker the value will become.
2.You can also glaze with a different color than what you started with. Play with glazing the same colors over each other or choose a different color.
3.Continue painting with glazes until you are done.
Example of glazing colors on top of each other
Hint: Don’t spend a lot of time fussing over the part you are glazing. This will start to dissolve the dried layers underneath and will cause the layers to mix, creating mud, instead of laying on top of each other.
10 Tips in 10 Days – Free EBook from Interweave Press
Art journaling is a way to express yourself through writing and art at the same time. This creative process pulls together a variety of materials to create mixed-media art. In this free ebook you will get art journaling tips, including how to make a travel journal from maps, how to make an art journal instages, and how to choose the right tools for your art journal adventures!
Vermilion is a dazzling red pigment originally made from a powdered volcanic mineral – cinnabar.It was used in the art and decoration of Ancient Rome, in the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, Renaissance paintings and in Chinese lacquerware.I love it for its brightness and vividness.It is great for painting red poppies! Check out my TEACHING SCHEDULE!
Introducing Pixie Star! She showed up to help me along in my creative endeavors….
Ooh! Pixie Star loves being surrounded by color!
Pixee Star and I have been playing around with my color palette. Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with color and watercolor is my favorite medium. In preparing for my All About Color class that I am teaching in my Bend, Oregon Studio, I took a closer look at the yellows on my palette. My goal was to have the warmest yellow and the coolest yellow available. I am happy to announce that I found a cooler yellow than I already had! It is the Daniel Smith Lemon Yellow. It is bright, fresh, and semi-transparent. Next I will try using it in triad and tetrad mixes. If I come up with something great, I will let you know! Here are some photos from my Color Class. There is some serious color study going on!
Using watercolor as the medium, you will learn the secrets of mixing colors to create vibrant watercolors and control those dull lifeless areas in your paintings. With a deeper understanding of the relationships between colors you will be painting with confidence!
Cost: $90 for the three classes
Leave me a comment if you are interested in joining or have questions about this color workshop. There are just a few spots left!