View Full Version : Susaleena's Art Journal!

10-05-2014, 10:33 PM
Hi everyone!:wave: I'm not new to WC but I'm certainly fairly new to this area of WC :lol: I had no clue we even had an art journal sub-forum until Doug pointed me in the right direction! (Huge thank you Doug!):thumbsup:

I would love to share my journal pieces for fun. Lately I've been very un-inspired and stressed so my friend challenged me to speedpaint an animal. I chose the peacock for the obvious reasons:

Unfortunately, my friend clearly saw through my laziness for the feathers and wants me to re-do it lol...so hopefully, I'll have something more presentable in a few days:)

10-06-2014, 01:33 PM
I've been considering abandoning my moleskine journal for a Stillman & Birn one after reading some glowing reviews here so I'm about to unleash all the contents of my journal lol

First page:
"Against the Red Bull"

"Simple Rose"



10-06-2014, 01:44 PM
Then I began some more 'abstract' studies and looser watercolor brushwork. The goal of these was just to go straight into painting without sketch lines or pencil lines

"Fire Flower"


"Pink Chaos"



10-06-2014, 04:49 PM
Welcome Susaleena to this little corner of WC. Beautiful journal entries. I am one of the ones who definitely prefer S&B to the moleskine ones. Give them a try, you won't go back. :)

10-08-2014, 01:54 PM
Thanks Debby! I did hear a lot of praise for the S&B ones and rushed out to buy one a few days ago :lol: Even the lady at the register preferred them to moleskine. I'll have some new sketches to share this week as I try out the paper :)

10-09-2014, 11:45 AM
I bet you'll enjoy the S&B! Lovely work here, thanks for sharing.

10-11-2014, 02:31 AM
Thank you Wagtail! :)

I ended up with the Zeta hardbound journal and tested out the first 3 pages. It's still relatively new and the paper is different from what I'm used to so I'll have to test a bit more before declaring my true opinion. I find that watercolors glide smoothly but stay afloat on the paper instead of being absorbed in which produces a lovely effect but again, different than cotton paper. Here's the first 3 pages!:D

"The Last Unicorn"
Yes, I have a habit of decorating title pages with this..see my blog for more info :lol:

"Autumn is Here"

10-11-2014, 12:00 PM
Lovely pages. The zeta is primarily for ink, hence it has a plate surface and you see the watercolors floating on top. The beta and delta are more like watercolor paper. But, each person works differently so the zeta may be just right for you.

10-12-2014, 06:54 PM
Great journal! I like the zeta with its floating color for ink and watercolor especially, while the beta-delta ones are more absorbent and easier to get broken color on. It's different effects.

I use my Beta for a pastel journal because it's toothier and I can use pastels even without a sanded ground, my Zeta is pen and watercolor. When in doubt get both!

Love the roses especially, and your rendering of the Last Unicorn facing the fiery bull from the story is great. I remember the movie with that one. Well done!

10-13-2014, 12:23 AM
Debby - I agree, the Zeta seems better suited for pen and ink. Watercolors do end up puddling on the smooth surface which is not what I'm accustomed to but I love the thickness of the paper and the bright white! I might end up picking up a Beta as well due to the results of my test.

Tiger Lilies test on Beta sample paper

Robert - Thanks! I received my sample packet and was thrilled with the Beta paper. I might just heed your advice and get both:thumbsup: I'm a hugeee fan of "The Last Unicorn" (to the point where I'm framing a signed poster for $300:lol:) so it's nice to meet a fan on WC here as well:clap: Thanks so much!

10-13-2014, 02:10 PM
Yup, beta for watercolor. Beautiful flowers.

10-13-2014, 07:30 PM
these are all so pretty! Love your flowers.

10-14-2014, 08:13 PM
Beta paper is wonderful. You won't regret it if you do both, the Beta allows more of the washy loose watercolor effects as well as awesome mixed media effects. Beta is where I might razor the page or rip it up for sparkles, do weird things to it, the paper is very strong. Zeta is my precision pen and wash paper, the entire Zeta journal is one I'm doing in the Claudia Nice style of pen textures and watercolor into penwork.

I like your tiger lilies! Beautiful vivid color and strong lines. Have you considered trying watercolor pencils on the Beta paper? They perform so well on it, the rough texture allows broken color but a little more pressure and you can get smooth lines too. Your fine brushwork on the lilies is distinct enough it looks like you might have washed watercolor pencils, it's excellent detail.

10-19-2014, 11:16 PM
Thanks everyone!

Thank you Robert!!:heart: Yes, watercolor pencils are so fun to use!

Sharing a new one today with watercolor pencils and watercolors.


10-20-2014, 01:40 PM
Great pose on the hummingbird.

10-21-2014, 07:01 PM
Thank you Debby! I'm working on a new sketch in my zeta and should have this posted hopefully before end of week. The Zeta is so smooth that it takes me some time to get used to. I find that watercolor pencils work beautifully on the smooth surface though:thumbsup:

Katie Marie
10-21-2014, 09:55 PM
Wow really pretty work, I love the lightness of your work and the colors.

Joan T
10-22-2014, 10:02 AM
Lovely work!!! Both your realistic and slightly looser flowers are great. I am a fan of the Beta sketchbook. I don't like the way the watercolors puddle in the other S&B book, but it does take ink so well. I'm looking forward to your work in both.

10-22-2014, 11:58 PM
Thank you Katie and Joan!

Joan - I agree, the Zeta seems more suited for ink and markers but I find that watercolor pencils do work well on it. I enjoyed the Beta much much more and ended up buying a beta too! :clap:

More sketches to share:

"Butterfly, Say My Name"
Stillman and Birn - Beta

"Rainbow Rose"
Stillman and Birn - Zeta

10-23-2014, 01:50 PM
Beautiful. I thought you'd like the beta.

Joan T
10-23-2014, 05:57 PM
Oh, I love your soft colors in the unicorn! Great rainbow rose too.

10-24-2014, 12:46 AM
Wow! Great unicorn and I love that rainbow rose. So full of character! Perfect form and lively, lovely color!

10-31-2014, 01:01 AM
Thank you Debby, Joan and Robert!

Here's another one I just completed recently

10-31-2014, 01:31 PM
Lovely rose.

Joan T
11-01-2014, 08:47 AM
Love how you use the rainbow colors in the roses.

11-02-2014, 01:52 PM
Thank you Joan and Debby! Glad you like, it was fun to paint and hopefully I'll have other sketches to share soon

11-09-2014, 01:06 AM
A small color study. Nothing really serious but I wanted to test out new Daniel Smith paints. The Opera Rose is just so bright, I love it!:clap:


11-09-2014, 02:01 PM
Lovely experiment.

11-09-2014, 03:08 PM
...beautiful bright colourful flowers, love the unicorns, the humming bird, and wow to the bull... :)

12-02-2014, 10:12 PM
Thank you everyone! It's been awhile so hopefully I can get back into the sketching mode. Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving!:clap:

Joan T
12-03-2014, 04:48 PM
Your petals are so lovely!

02-12-2015, 12:15 AM
Testing out "The Perfect Sketchbook" with some lovebirds
Hope everyone has a wonderful day!


02-12-2015, 02:31 PM
Cute birds. And how does the "Perfect Sketchbook" do?

Joan T
02-13-2015, 08:54 PM
Oh, I love the colors in the two birds!!!