Watercolor Journal #Watercolor #Strathmore #ArtJournal

One of my biggest problems when I paint … when I do art of any kind … is that I like to fuss.  I find it hard to stop, and keep trying for some unknown goal.

Finding myself in the mood to bind a book, I decided to make a small watercolor journal that I would devote to quick daily studies, trying to keep myself to 1/2 hour at the most, and less if possible. It’s only 10 pages, but I felt that was a decently long commitment.

I had an 8 x 8 canvas covered bookcover meant for book binding, and some Strathmore Aquarius II watercolor paper that I could easily cut to that size.  The Aquarius II is a good choice for something like this, because it’s a synthetic/cotton blend that doesn’t buckle or dimple when you paint on it, so stretching or taping it down isn’t necessary.

After painting the cover with yellow acrylic paint, I glued down a quick watercolor study I’d done in the past, and used a purple sharpie to add the title, frame the painting and the contrasting spine.  It’s a bit crooked, but in the spirit of the quick, I did it all without measuring anything, so I’m happy with it.


Published by Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

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