Thursday, September 27, 2012

Beach Day with my Stillman and Birn Journal

Last month I entered a drawing on Stillman and Birn's FaceBook page to win one of their hardbound journals that feature 180 lb. watercolor paper.  I was one of 10 lucky artists to win  :)

Two Sundays ago, I had the perfect opportunity to take it for a spin.  We treated ourselves to beach chairs and an umbrella and that's where I sat as I broke the journal in, carefully opening it in the center and bending the covers back until they touched.  I followed Jamie Grossman's instructions to the letter.  Thanks, Jamie!

I started with the sky. If you look real close at the photo above, you can see my travel palette on the right.  My brush was a large Pentel waterbrush.
Unfortunately, or fortunately as it turns out, my left margin listed to the right.  On one of our beach walks, we happened upon a new treasure. It turned out to be the tail of a horseshoe crab. And, as journal keeping goes, I celebrated this serendipitous find and drew in into the most perfect spot on my page :)  The part of the tail that connects to the crab was spooky looking. It reminded me of a Halloween goblin.... ooga booga!

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  1. Hi, Pam,
    Congrats on the journal! The painting and carigraphy are so beautiful! I love them all.
    Cheers, Sadami

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  2. Wow. What a gorgeous page! I am seeing many positive reviews of these sketchbooks. Do you like yours?

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Yes, I am really going to enjoy this journal! The paper reminds me a lot of the AquaBee Super Deluxe sketchbook paper only lots heavier. It has a sized surface which I love to paint on. There is a slight surface texture but I'm still able to use a 005 Micron pen without damaging the nib... win win for me :)

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  3. Lucky you! I know it's found a good home and you'll make good use of this new journal - 180# paper? That's unusual for a sketch book/journal. Love the sketch and the oogy boogy, too :)

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! Ooga booga is all I could think of when I looked at the end of the tail! Science fiction artists don't have to go far to find creepy inspiration for alien characters! Yes, having a hardbound journal with 180# paper is a treasure. These journals are getting rave reviews and I can only add to them :)

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  4. Boo hoo... I didn't win the book... but I'm glad someone I know won it. I'm working in a B&S Epsilon that I'm not particularly happy with... so I'll be interested to try a different one later on.

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    1. Hope you have better luck next time, Elaine! I've started using the Epsilon series, too, for daily sketching using Micron pens and a water soluble Pentel sign pen. I love how the ink glides across the paper. And, when I used my waterbrush with the Pentel sign pen I liked how the ink flowed. Don't want to use but a titch of water on the paper, though... When I flipped to a new page, I could see the hint of my sketches on the back side. I think I will sketch on one side only.

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  5. Very interesting composition. I love your pages!

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  6. Love it, looks so real. Beauty of a fall day up here but about to change with almost a week of no sun predicted. Need to sketch something today as I go to apts. with family members.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Hope you get out and enjoy the NY autumn while you can!

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