Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hi Blogger Friends!
Yes it has been over three months since I've posted on my blog, many apologies for that. Sometimes life just happens and needs tending to. Unfortunately, I've let everything slide off the cliff. Since my husband retired I have been very occupied to say the least, and only now feel I have gained the time to pick up where I left off.

I have been gathering materials to journal my own retirement. No, I'm not completely retiring just from working for someone else. I will always be painting, Lord willing anyway. But I want to journal what I'm doing and possibly will be doing in the future to share it with my readers. Journaling is a way to keep your skills from getting rusty, not to mention keeping my brain from getting rusty also. A friend has encouraged me down this journaling path and so far it has been fun. Its been along time since I just had fun sketching on the road. I've also been working on some whimsical girls, these are also fun to draw and really cute.

My first journal entry was a sketch from my day out kayaking last week on a nearby lake. I have kayaked for years and thoroughly enjoy it, its relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing. It gives a peacefulness to my soul. My second entry was a trip to Wunder Bar, a new German coffee shop / eatery, with Two Fraus Bakery along side it in Harmony, PA. And boy their baked goods are out of this world fantastic! My favorites are their gingerbread cookies, orange cookies and molasses cookies, YUM! :) The third journal entry is in a smaller book and inspired by last Sunday's sermon.

Trip to Wunder Bar for breakfast
If you're interested in art journaling on a daily basis (you don't have to be an artist to do this) here are the items I have been working with that are easily accessible: a mechanical pencil, erasers, a Pentel Hybrid Technica pen 03 (sold at Michaels Arts & Crafts stores in the art department), Global Art Materials 5 1/2-inch by 8 1/4-inch Drawing Book (landscape) which can be purchased on Amazon at a reasonable price. I like these journals because you can use a light watercolor wash with them or lightly paint in them with watercolor. If you want to try your hand at watercolor painting I have listed some suggestions below. Prices vary but you can always use a 50% off coupon from Michaels to purchase a student quality set of watercolors. Windsor & Newton professional watercolors is what I use for my paintings, however you can get a nice student quality version of these in Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolors. Michael's has a compact set that has 14 different colors in the set and runs about $40. With a 50% off coupon it would be about $20 plus tax which is a reasonable price. You can also by a cheaper set of Artist Loft brand but the quality is not as nice.  I always recommend good quality watercolor paints to learn with, it makes a world of difference as does a good quality watercolor paper. My favorite is Fabriano Artistic Extra White cold press watercolor block. To start out I would recommend a 5" x 7" block. Its always better to use a good quality product when learning, your results turn out much better.

I will be posting again a day next week, until then enjoy your Saturday and the week to come!