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11-28-2010, 11:03 AM
Hi All,

Thought I would share with you the journal I have made for my son for
Christmas this year. There might be some of you who would find this project a good idea for one of your loved ones too. My son is a cowboy and police officer. I did watercolor paintings and pen and ink peices of subjects that would be meaningful for him. I shot these pictures of the pages before they were sewn together. Enjoy!


11-28-2010, 11:06 AM
More pages

11-28-2010, 11:08 AM
Next pages

11-28-2010, 11:08 AM
back cover

11-28-2010, 11:21 AM
Misc. details: Book is about 5 inches by 7 inches. I used a combination of hot press and cold press 140 lb Fabriano Artistico papers.

11-28-2010, 12:06 PM
What a wonderful Christmas gift for your son! I'm sure it will be very special to him.

11-28-2010, 01:02 PM
Thanks, John!

11-28-2010, 01:32 PM
Terrific idea Dena. I'm sure it will provide pleasure to him for many years. Great paintings. My favoutite are the boots, the truck and the back cover.

I'm in the process of doing two for my grandchildren (3 and 5) only it will be mainly photos of family and friends, and pictures of things they like e.g. favourite toys

11-28-2010, 02:18 PM
Thanks, Elain. I've done several pieces of art for his walls and thought this might be a nice change.

Joan T
11-28-2010, 03:00 PM
This is wonderful!!! I love how you covered both aspects of his life with such great, sensitive sketches. I'm sure he will treasure this!

11-28-2010, 04:11 PM
Oh, that is awesome. . . he will just love that! That is a wonderful present that he will treasure. So glad you share. I may have to make something like this for my two daughters one day.

11-28-2010, 04:12 PM
Thanks so much, Joan. I really admire your work and keep up with your blog pretty regularly. I appreciate your opinion!

11-28-2010, 04:43 PM
What a lovely idea - a one of a kind gift. I like how you have used some different techniques along the way too :)

11-28-2010, 05:27 PM
Thank you, Rainy and Jackie!

11-28-2010, 05:28 PM
This is beautifully done. I'm sure he will appreciate it.

11-29-2010, 03:44 PM
what a lovely idea

12-02-2010, 12:47 AM
Oh my gosh this is soooo lovely!!! :) :) :)

12-02-2010, 06:34 PM
What a gorgeous idea Dena and your style of working them is just to die for! Your son must be a lovely person judging by the various pieces you chose to represent various bits of his life and favorite memories. :) I had a somewhat similar idea, as my son is probably a bit young to handle paintings (5 yrs) in that one of his christmas gifts is a small journal to draw his daily adventures in.

12-02-2010, 08:45 PM
Wow! Such great watercolor work! Welcome to the forum Freddie, (albeit a little belated. :D ).


12-29-2010, 12:09 PM
What a wonderful way to share your art with your son. Wow a Texas Ranger no less!

12-29-2010, 01:10 PM
Thank you to everyone for all the comments. My son, Freddie, did indeed love the journal. It was quite teary here for a bit as he opened and read it. He's very soft-hearted, even for a big, strong cowboy and cop.
Happy New Year!