Playing with Watercolor while traveling
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trip up and down the Oregon Coast, but I did find that I wasn't as inclined to do much artwork after a day of driving. I did get a little watercolor done--mostly jsut dinking around even more than usual.
While visiting the Tillamook Cheese Factory, I picked up a Cow Poo journal. I know-aNOTHer journal? But how could I resist? I have elephant poo journals, but no cow ones. Now I just need to find a Pando Poo journal.
The cow poo paper is fairly thick and spongy and so obviously NOT meant for watercolor. So, me being me, I started the journal with a watercolor page. Surprise!
It was incredibly hard to paint on this paper. It sucked up the water like a--well...a sponge. While wet, it color looked horrible. It bled through to the back of the page. I was sure I'd ruined the page. And then the watercolor dried.
Wow. It looks half-way decent. I wasn't expecting that at all.
I doubt I'll do any more watercolor in this book--it's too hard to spread the color. But I know that I can if I want too! The paper takes a fairly good line with pen and ink. It's a rough weave, so the lines are wobbly, but I didnt' have any feathering with a Micron.
I also played with some color in my Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. These were very much just dinking around, splashing color down to see what happens. I thought I might work up to something, but after a few moments, I decided to call it a night and just watch the fabulous ocean waves.