Friday, March 29, 2013

My iPad FurKids Journal

 Here are the latest selections from my FurKids Journal using the Paper 53 app.

These are all sketched after dinner, television on and dogs either on the sofa or in front of the fireplace.

I enjoy using this app as in a short time you can get quite a bit done.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beidler Forest ~ Cypress and Tupelo

The Audubon Sanctuary of Beidler Forest is located in the town of Harleyville, SC, and sits in the middle of the very large Four Holes Swamp. I was first introduced to this amazing place during a 2008 field trip of the Master Naturalist Program I was enrolled in.  I've always wanted to return and take my time to sketch the beauty of this natural treasure.

We barely made it a quarter of a mile down the 1.75 mile boardwalk when the buttresses of two young tupelo trees caught my eye. We strolled a bit farther and I had to stop again to capture the middle cypress knee and the background knees and cypress trunk.  Then we happened upon a glorious cypress knee that was shaped like a cloaked, bent over woman...... 

I began to wonder if I brought enough paper with me :)  Rob was beginning to wonder if we'd ever make it out of the swamp!

There were a few other folks enjoying the boardwalk.  Everyone was very giving with information about a special sight...  which included two sunning Rat Snakes, a flock of White Ibis and best of all, one of the swamp's Barred Owls that was perched in a tree very close to the boardwalk! That was the last thing I sketched on the page during our walk.  I added the lettering while we sat on a bench outside of the gift shop, and returned home with the journal page mostly completed.  What could I put in the upper right corner that would highlight the owl but not take away from the rest of the page?  The next day, while perusing Beidler Forest's website, I came upon the perfect thing.  A map of the boardwalk from their Trail Guide.  I was thrilled to find it, as I had to return the copy we used on our walk.  Do check out their site.  For even more fun.... visit their blog.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sketch Outing with journal and iPad

I joined Rob for a golf outing.  We started on the practice range. I used my iPad and the Paper 53 app to create some plein air sketches.

I looked up at the tree tops.  Buds were popping everywhere. Unfortunately, so was the pollen.

 As I worked I could see the pollen building up on my iPad screen... this couldn't be good for the particular stylus I use.... I finished this with my finger.

Once Rob started playing I switched to my normal journal.  In the end, not my best page, not Rob's best score, but what a beauty of a day!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Walk in the Woods

With muck boots on, off I went into the woods that flank the east side of our home.  We always have deer in our front and back yard.  I wanted to see where they live.  This is a good time of year to traverse the woods.... no bugs to speak of and that particular morning was cool enough that I didn't think any snakes would be out.

I photographed the page-in-process as I sat beside the marsh watching a few Little Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets feeding.

All in all, a delightful Sunday morning walk!

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 18, 2013

"How-To" For 16 Page Journal

Please click to enlarge images.  This book has 16 paintable surfaces.

You'll want to use Fabriano watercolor paper as it doesn't crack when folded. I tore my sheets so I could get an uneven edge. I use their hot press surface as I like writing on the smooth surface.

Your book will be as precise as your folds.  Take your time and you'll be happy.  I practiced on  a 15" x 22" sheet of drawing paper.  I'm glad I did!

Happy journal making!

No charge for type-os :) If anything doesn't make sense to you, leave a comment and I will try to answer your question(s).

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A New Handbuilt Book

This journal was created from a half sheet of Fabriano hot press watercolor paper.  It's 7.5" high and 5.5" wide when closed.  If you count the cover... there are 16 surfaces to paint on! Amazing considering it came from a 15" x 22" piece of paper :)

Stay tuned for the "How To".......