Tuesday, December 09, 2008

My Curiosity Journal



This spread is done in my new journal "Curiosity journal" with handmade rag paper. The paper is tinted pink, with little flecks of straw or wood here and there. It is very soft and absorbant and has an odd finely ribbed texture. It's a bit hard to draw on because the texture sends the pencil skittering crazily and the tip also gets caught in the ribbing making it hard to draw a smooth curve. I finally used a glass to trace around to get a credible circle. The watercolor pencils do not go on smoothly at all, plain pencil crayons worked better. I call this the Curiosity Journal because my plan is to research things that pique my interest and then illustrate and write a bit about them. The last lunar eclipse in February was very clear and bright in my part of the world, and I wanted to illustrate the transitional phases. The next lunar eclipse is on December 21, 2010.

5 comments:

Peggy Stermer-Cox said...

What an interesting idea and title! It must keep the world around you fresh and exciting. Festive drawings too!

rhonda said...

I love the idea of a curiosity journal. We all need to keep our minds sharp by continuing to explore and learn. I too just started using a journal that has rough paper. I discovered that it was difficult to draw on also. But I managed to draw my first face. It was a mermaid. I was pleased with it. I love special papers.

David said...

I also love the idae of a Curiosity Journal! If it is clear in your area tonight you will be treated to a nice view of the moon. It is in perigee, which is when it is the closest to the earth. It will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter. This won't happen again until November 14, 2016. Enjoy!!!!

EWian said...

Congrats on your new journal. Curiosity journal sounds like a fun idea, will you keep an extra journal on the side or is this your main one? Must see if I can remember the moon facts, yours and David's.

EWian

Tyanne said...

Great Idea for a journal. I would think that it would stimulate your curiosity in lots of different directions