|Ink & watercolor + gel pen + stamping with watercolor|
The sketchbook I took with me was a 9" x 6" Stillman and Birn Alpha series with 100 lb. paper. I love the size and the landscape format - it seems to suit me perfectly - and I like the fact that it has lots of pages, so it doesn't feel so precious that I might hesitate to play around in it. (Yeah, I still have hangups about ruining precious paper, even though I preach to my students that "It's only a piece of paper! Use it up and turn the page!")
My mom and I drove up to Maine with my two friends, Cathy and Candy. We made it a leisurely trip and allowed ourselves an extra day, so we could enjoy seeing some sights along the way.
|Micron 005 black ink + watercolor|
When I'm keeping a travel journal, I always start it as early in the trip as I can. I think it's important to dive right in and do something...anything! It sets a precedent and gets me in the habit of recording my days. So I worked on my first page (above) early in the morning on our second day, before we had breakfast and hit the road.
|Platinum Carbon fountain pen and ink + Micron 02 black + watercolor|
|Micron 005 black + watercolor|
Our first group sketching session came on the evening of our second day when we found a peaceful spot overlooking the Damariscotta River. After being on the road for two days and driving almost a thousand miles, it gave me a chance to rest, relax and switch to vacation mode. We were finally in Maine!
|Micron 005 black ink + watercolor (Font for title lettering: DK Carte Blanche)|