Playing with Watercolor while traveling


I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trip up and down the Oregon Coast, but I did find that I wasn’t as inclined to do much artwork after a day of driving.  I did get a little watercolor done–mostly jsut dinking around even more than usual.
While visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory, I picked up a Cow Poo journal. I know-aNOTHer journal?  But how could I resist?  I have elephant poo journals, but no cow ones.  Now I just need to find a Pando Poo journal.
The cow poo paper is fairly thick and spongy and so obviously NOT meant for watercolor.  So, me being me, I started the journal with a watercolor page.  Surprise! 
It was incredibly hard to paint on this paper. It sucked up the water like a–well…a sponge.  While wet, it color looked horrible.  It bled through to the back of the page.  I was sure I’d ruined the page. And then the watercolor dried.
Wow.  It looks half-way decent.  I wasn’t expecting that at all.  
I doubt I’ll do any more watercolor in this book–it’s too hard to spread the color.  But I know that I can if I want too!  The paper takes a fairly good line with pen and ink.  It’s a rough weave, so the lines are wobbly, but I didnt’ have any feathering with a Micron.  

I also played with some color in my Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook.  These were very much  just dinking around, splashing color down to see what happens.  I thought I might work up to something, but after a few moments, I decided to call it a night and just watch the fabulous ocean waves.

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