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Old 01-04-2011, 06:49 PM
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Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Decided to do a month of watercolour sketching, hopefully mostly outdoors, but if it gets too hot or too rainy or too whatever I will have to do still life / interior scenes since I want to do the from life.

Book details - my rough-as sketchbook is made (by moi ) from a large sheet of Arches 300gsm coldpress paper, cut into 8 pieces, each one folded in two, put into signatures, sewn together etc....to give a total of 16 leaves / 32 pages of approx. 19 x 14 cm in size. The cover is made from corrugated cardboard painted white, a bit of velcro to hold it shut etc, it looks ugly, but works well and is rugged.

Using a Winsor & Newton / Cotman portable wc set (12 pans???) which I am refilling with tube paint as the pans run out.

I'll post some pics real soon.
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

cool. . . post of pict of the book itself, too, Chris. I want to see the homemade journal! I want to attempt that one day.
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:05 PM
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

1) a bad photo of the book (note use of masking tape, cloth tape, velcro bits etc, very professional! )



2) and 3) a couple of "old" sketches done in the book back in September, a local river mouth / beach





3) and 4) done this morning at another local beach...did these sitting in the car, a seagull sat outside for a while hoping I would throw him something to eat. Using a limited palette of ultra. blue and burnt sienna, plus a small amount of some orange-red hue for the bird's bill. Lots more practice required with moving wildlife I think, i'm having enough trouble capturing the landscape.





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Old 01-04-2011, 07:15 PM
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cool. . . post of pict of the book itself, too, Chris. I want to see the homemade journal! I want to attempt that one day.

Rainy, we cross-posted - as you can see my book is special . I like it tho', at least it lies flat.

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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Making your own sketchbook is super. If it works, doesn't matter how it looks. And this way you get exactly the paper you want to work on. The landscapes look great. I see John is infecting people to draw birds from life. It is difficult and you've done well.
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Good stuff Chris - I wasn't aware you worked in watercolours to that extent. Looking forward to seeing more
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Good idea for making your own watercolor book, Chris. I like your beach scenes, and I'm sorry that your gull didn't stay long enough. They never do. LOL
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Chris, it may not be considered pretty by all standards but its unique and handmade and functional and best of all and has your paper so I think its great!

Nice watercolors. . . the landscape if very pretty but I like the one with the bird above best I think. And how cool that you were using only two colors.
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good stuff - and you can always cover the card later with fabric or paper to make it more special
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

I love the look of your sketchbook! It is what is inside that counts!!! Great beach sketches!!! I especially like the one with the palm trees. You did a good job on the seagull's head. They dont' like to pose for long. lol Nice start!!
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

Debby -
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If it works, doesn't matter how it looks.
It works quite well, I'm happy.

Jackie -
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I wasn't aware you worked in watercolours to that extent.
Nor was I. It's rare that I play with wcs, usually just adding some washes to ink. This is my second book like this, the first one took me seven years to finish! If I fill my book this January it might be a record amount of wc action for me.

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Good idea for making your own watercolor book
If I remember correctly there is a project on WC that I used for the first one I made - since then I have taught myself how to sew together the pages. One day I'll move on to doing better covers....

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how cool that you were using only two colors.
I often get myself into a mess with colours. I have a copy of a really old book about outdoor wc sketching that I'm finding helpful - the limited palette is a suggested starting point - as you gain experience you add more colours.

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Good ideas, thanks.

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I especially like the one with the palm trees.
After I did my initial pencil sketch, I said 'what are you doing?' or words to that effect. It looked a bit complicated for my first wc sketch in over two months. Anyway, I think I like it too, glad I persisted. Now I just need to learn when to stop fiddling...

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Very nice small WC sketches Chris. For some reason I haven't been able to do a decent WC sketch without pen.

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Old 01-07-2011, 12:28 AM
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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Thanks David. Maybe these are a touch too small, I'm fiddling - I should make the next book a bit larger, perhaps.

Crazy weather is kicking again, more heavy rain periods, thunderstorms; just what we need (NOT).

Decided to stay home today, did a simple still life this afternoon. It was an educational experience (not necessarily a learning one tho') Used some white gouache at the end for lost highlights etc.



Better go (try) calm the dogs, they have heard some thunder.

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Re: Seejay's January challenge - watercolours

Poor dogs. I had one years ago that didn't like loud noises. Even the vacuum cleaner scared him.

Your still life is great.
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Thanks Debby, all is quiet now.
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