Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Leuchtturm Journals

Since starting my Enchanted Letter series in 2011, my Leuchtturm journals have been my constant companions. I think I bought every possible size of the journals that contain the beautiful gridded pages. They have captured thougths, ideas, quotes and numerous sketches of Enchanted letters. At least two of them accompany me on every journey I take to teach classes.
These images were taken from a few pages of my journal. As I wait in airports these days, I use the time to go over letter ideas that will be presented in class. The same meditative and peaceful state of mind that evolves from time spent flourishing is happening with pencil time as well. I am so grateful to have these tools with me.
New favourite pencil related toys in my tool box are the Caran D'ache Grafwood pencils, The Tombow Mono Zero Elastomer Eraser and Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth pencils. The Grafwood pencils are extremely smooth and creamy while the Koh-I-Noor Pencils are smaller and feel nicer to hold. The little Tombow Eraser is a vinyl retractable eraser. Great for getting into tight places.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Dana's Butterfly

Part Two of Enchanted Meadow Series and such a joy to paint for my dear friend Dana's birthday. I did not take the final measurements before sending it on its way but it fits inside a 4"x6" frame including the mat. I am getting spoiled painting on vellum. It is a receptive and intuitive surface to work on and captures the transparency of the watercolour. This was painted with a moist brush technique and a pastel burnish background was added with the Diane Townsend pastels. Happy Birthday Dear Dana!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Enchanted Meadow Series

Pairing my love of designing Victorian scroll work with medieval painting tecnhiques on another tiny scrap of vellum. This little squirrel is 3 1/2" by 1 1/2".Watercolour, 23K flat gilding and bleedproof white. Gilding is done with Rolco Aquasize and the entire design was painted with my 3/0 Escoda Kolinsky Sable brush. I worked on the design from concept sketch to completion over a period of 4 hours today. A few more ideas are ready to join this little squirrel in the Enchanted Meadow.