I found a big 11x15" wirebound pad of watercolor paper (...the things I discover in my art supplies) and wondered what it would be like to doodle on a larger piece of paper? Yes... another experiment. Lately, I doodle in a 5x8" moleskine journal. Vivid Rainbow Doodles are in a watercolor moleskine; Mandalas from the road are in an unlined sketch moleskine. 8x10" and 9x11" paper is great too... I did Think Happy on 8x10" drawing paper. So you can experiment by doing something familiar in a new way. So with the idea of extending my doodles to a larger yet looser format, I started drawing circles and lines and boxes, rainbows and lines, on this big paper. Wow! Sometimes you just know that you will love something right from the start. Why didn't I think of this yet?
This morphed into another experiment ~ doing something familiar in a new medium! So with my little travel watercolor set , I painted! It made me so happy, watching the doodles come to life on the page! In watching Geninne's video series documenting her painting a pencil sketch of a bird with watercolors, I realized that I had been using way too small watercolor brushes. So I am working with #6 and #8 pointed round brushes the past few weeks and it really makes a difference. I even ordered a "few" more brushes and watercolor half pans from Blick.
So is this painting or art journaling? What defines art journaling? In my mind, it's art journaling, but perhaps it's mixed media. How on earth do you decide? Or is it a mixed media art journal page... chaotic thoughts.
More, more, more...
- A big art journal page
- Plaid Backgrounds with Acrylics
- Playing with Watercolors + Salt
- Slow Journaling Revisited
- Pages from Altered Books
- Inventing Bed-Time Stories
Next... Doodles + Watercolors (Part 2).