One of my favorite things to do is use colored pencil to add depth and definition to a page. If you compare today’s image with the one posted yesterday, you can see how the page is coming to life. I used Koh-I-Noor Hardmuth Polycolor pencils. They tend to be a bit more opaque than some of the others. In addition, they will blend a bit if rubbed with a stump.

The next layer that I’ve added to the page in my sketchbook is text, or lettering. Each block in the design is about a particular art concept. So I’ve added the key word that matches the text in each block. I tried to match something in the text design to the concept. As an aside, you see a mistake in one block. When you want to add lettering, it’s a good idea to print out the word on a piece of scrap paper and keep it in front of you!

Yesterday, you saw the first page I am working on in my new sketchbook. I had done a watercolor grid on the page, as an underpainting. The next thing I have done is to add texture to the color block using handwriting. Each block is a description of one of the main elements of art. They are: line, shape, space, texture, repetition, value, emphasis and color. The actual text comes from the book “Abstract Art Painting: Expressions in Mixed Media” by Debora Stewart.

Last week, I did the Daisy Yellow Tiny Museum Workshop. It was a lot of fun and allowed me to try a variety of techniques while using watercolors. I am switching to another project which will take up several months. For part of it, I’ve started a new art journal. I am using a Bee Super Deluxe Mixed Media book. I’ve used these books for years as my daily sketch book.

Fewer images to show you today because each one took more time. These go beyond the workshop I am taking. I decided to go with some mixed media techniques. In addition to watercolor, I used markers and gel pens to add tiny details to these. I have to say, I’m kind of in love with this technique! The credit for the inspiration for these are: Artist Harriet Osborne, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, Japanese sashiko techniques.

For this lesson from Daisy Yellow’s Tiny Museum Workshop, we are using pictures as prompts. In some cases, I did a fairly literal copy and in others I copied just the feeling or shapes or colors. This was a lot harder than what I had been doing, but it was still fun!

Another set of tiny, abstract backgrounds. I have to let these dry over night so that I can add more to the pieces without the base layer moving all around when it gets wet. This time, I’ve used a combination of the Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith watercolors. They are working very well together. I find that the Winsor Newton box works just fine for most of the colors.

As I mentioned last Friday, I am taking the Tiny Museum Workshop from Daisy Yellow. One of the short videos illustrates how to blend colors together. In the process, these curvy images are created. These reminded me of banded agate stones. I did mine, again, on individual, tiny art journal sized pieces of watercolor paper, rather than on a large sheet. I didn’t blend these as much as the video showed.

I decided to take the Tiny Museum Workshop from Daisy Yellow! It’s a lot of fun, and I can recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure how to work with gouache and/or watercolor. You’ll get plenty of practice using either (or both!) in this series. I decided to take it because it looked like fun, and I wanted to learn more about working with watercolors to create tiny, abstract art journaling pages.

I get asked all the time: “How small IS your art journal.” Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words… However, I’m still going to say a few! On the left is my Passport Traveler’s Notebook from Chris.W on Amazon. On the right is the A8-sized Traveler’s notebook that I use as my art journal. As you can see, the A8 is much smaller, and the inserts are even smaller than the cover.

I realized that I forgot to show you all the pages that I made for the Mermaid Book! Right now, they don’t have anything much on them, but you can see the bases for the right-hand pages above. And this is what the back side of each of them looks like! I hope that over the next two weeks, I can finish at least some of them!

This layout, in my Tiny Traveler’s Notebook Art Journal, is all about taking risks. It started with a page from a magazine that featured images of the spines of books, decorated in gold. I loved the rich, old-world, wealthy, royal look of them. They reminded me of a castle library somewhere in England. So, I decide to use regal colors of purple, red and gold to paint on the page.

A spring layout in my Tiny (A8) Traveler’s Notebook! I was putting this together over the weekend, and I kept thinking of Easter and Spring. It made me think of how pretty the gardens are this time of year. I loved the pink and green combination that developed as I practiced making grass-like strokes with them. The base design ended up looking so pretty. I deliberately looked for a stencil with a variety of flower shapes to add to the page.

Originally, the binder mechanisim of my Mermaid Book was held in place by brads, one in each end of the mechanism. I started having problems getting it to stay in place after I added lots of pages. Looking for a solution, I headed off to the local Tru-Value hardware store. I love to look through the hardware bins anyway, and the people are always very helpful. The person at the store I went to helped me to find 1⁄4” screws and nuts to put on the shafts.

I’m making pieces that can be added to my mermaid book! In this case, I’ve stamped on multi-media paper and deli paper. I’ve used various colors of ink because I’m not sure exactly how I will be using all of these. Next, I will use Inktense pencils to add some watercolor effects to some of them. I may also use some paint effects over that, such as high gloss or crackle.