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I used a technique taught to me by artist Jean Mackay, using an accordion journal to create a (more or less) continuous travelogue of my journey. It was great fun, and my travel companions enjoyed seeing it unfold, too!
I used an accordion journal I purchased on Amazon, 4" x 6: format, 140 lb. paper. Jean had showed us how to make our own, but I wanted something with more robust covers (which I customized). It held up beautifully and was easy to paint on. I managed to paint on buses, boats, and a variety of surfaces, with only a few mishaps! I carried my Sennelier WC half-pan box, with about 18 colors loaded in, and used a combination of water brushes and a few folding travel brushes. Linework was with Stabilo 88 markers as well as some Pitt pens.
I will add a few close-ups in follow-up posts, as the total width of this is 40," which, needless to say, doesn't really lend itself to an 800px maximum upload!
A detail of the first three panels from my travel journal.
The Hoatzin (pronounced similarly to 'Watson' with a 'wh' sound at the beginning...)
08-11-2015, 04:47 PM
What a lovely memory to have :). And amazing place to visit
08-11-2015, 05:49 PM
A great collection of memories of your trip.
08-11-2015, 08:16 PM
08-12-2015, 05:28 AM
Terrific sketches of what must have been an exciting trip. You have inspired me to put that concertina book on my birthday wish list.
Thanks to all for your compliments.
And you CAN make your own accordion book -- just cut paper to the height and length (depending on how many 'pages' you want). Fold, using a straightedge on both sides, so it lies flat and creates a crisp edge.Then glue or tape cardboard to the end papers for covers. Voila!
Here is part one of the travel journal, page by page:
08-12-2015, 02:10 PM
Such a great memory keeper of your travels. The pages are so lively. :thumbsup:
08-16-2015, 12:25 PM
Thanks for sharing your sketches from your trip! The accordion books are great to look out when you stretch out the whole book...then it becomes such a special treat. I've made them for travel and enjoy doing them too. Nice work!
08-17-2015, 01:38 AM
Wow! This is a fantastic collection. Love the Hoatzin especially, a bird that fascinates me because its chicks have claws on their wings to help them climb up trees. Gorgeous bird! Wonderful variety of birds and scenes, great texts too.
Many thanks for the nice comments. As I observed, no masterpiece, but still a wonderful thing to do for travel.
And indeed, the hoatzin with its tree-climbing ability is a fascinating creature -- I have never seen that, but do know about the claws --- would be a fabulous thing to see (and paint?!).
08-21-2015, 03:28 AM
What a great collection (and great way!) of memories & images! What I admire most is your perseverance... I find it quite hard to get quality painting time on trips since I am almost always accompanied by non-painters!
I hope someday to have an art journal titled Peru, too!
Thank you. I often would do some work when we were traveling, if the conditions were smooth enough. We had several long boat rides, for example, that were ideal. I also managed to sketch and do some simple painting on bus rides and the airplane. By carrying waterbrushes, it was possible to paint on my lap. I just had to balance my small paint box (Sennelier's 24 half-pan set) and the sketchbook.
I did try to paint some in the evenings, at first, but the light was awful and I was tired. So working on it en route proved to be a better answer. Parking myself for 15 minutes somewhere while others photographed allowed me to get some scenes roughed in.
I did refer to a bird guide at night to color the birds in several instances, as I didn't have enough time to finish them in place.
08-22-2015, 10:51 PM
Your sketches are so full of energy and such fun!
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