I started a new journal that I've titled, "A Dabbler's Journal."
The title page was designed layering music paper and a napkin with the pears printed on it. On a spare piece of music paper, I used watercolor paints for the title.
For many months now I've been wanting to get back to art journaling. Reading Susan Branch's book, A Fine Romance: Falling in Love With the English Countryside was just the inspiration I needed. Her book is all hand drawn. I love her little watercolor illustrations. Each day at work during my lunch break, I sit in a chair next to my grandmother's little table. I eat and pour over each page in this book. I'm taking my time as I find I love these moments. They help me to get a real break from working on the computer. I've been finishing my break with a cup of tea and some little cookies or bisquits.
I pulled out my Japanese watercolor set that I bought several years ago and had NEVER used. It has been patiently waiting for this moment when I would get inspired. Tucked inside the cute box are a number of colors, a watercolor brush (perfect for traveling) and the best black pen ever! Oh it practically draws itself. (You can find this set HERE from JetPens.)
When I look at other artists who focus on building a body of work, I see myself more as a creative dabbler and I'm more interested in following my whims. Today I may pick up my camera, tomorrow I'll cut and glue magazine images.
A fine way to start a journal is with an invitation to enjoy something to eat and drink, and maybe even make the treat yourself. This Scottish Oat Scone recipe was one my Mom would make on Christmas morning. I tend to have the ingredients on hand and will whip up a batch when I need a homemade treat. (If you want to read the page, click on the photo to enlarge.)
The illustration is of a cute couple who moved in a few weeks ago.
Here is their story.
I have a lot to learn working with watercolors, but I'm finding it so much fun and relaxing.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll be sure to share more pages from my Dabbler's Journal when I have something to share. I hope it inspires you to pull out a journal and get dabbling.
Until next time,
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva