I've been having a blast during my "Summer of Art" - just a little celebration I invented for the days when the humidity is 83% and just the THOUGHT of venturing outside is unpleasant.
In a previous post, I introduced my Hobonichi Techo (a planner from Japan with luscious paper for art journaling). Since it arrived in mid-April, the Hobo has become my constant companion (along with some furry friends) and illustrated diary.
Turns out, it's fun and educational to "draw your days". For one thing, journaling about daily life compels one to sketch all manner of mundane items and events. If you want to improve your drawing, coloring, painting, and lettering skills, give it a try!
Here are some pages from May.
I lead a small life but .... it will be nice to have something to read later in the nursing home!
It's been fun documenting our little foster kitten's development.
The only downside so far with art journaling is that it leaves little time for digital art. But I'll get back to it one day, I'm sure.
I've been trying to do one page per day in my planner - the Hobonichi Techo. This simple Japanese planner has a cult following!
The journal paper is divine - thin, smooth, yet strong - properties that result in a rather steep learning curve. When covered in watercolors or inks, the pages make a delicious sound when turned.
I use the weekly pages as a Gratitude Journal.
My focus is to learn to work with the Tomoe River paper. I'm still learning what media to use and how my current pens, pencils, and watercolors perform on its surface. Fortunately, there is a lot of help out there with YouTube, blogs, and Facebook.
I've pledged to work with my Inktense pencils as much as possible.
I've had them so long, but haven't used them enough to feel comfortable.
I'm hoping the Hobonichi will enable me to improve my sketching and painting, in addition to recording bits of everyday life.
I'm so glad to be back at the Art Journaling, though I do miss digital artwork. Apparently, my brain is incapable of indulging both techniques at once.