Sketchbook Start

Broke open my new Midori Diary Sketchbook w/Storyboard sections on each page. Jumped right in with watercolor experiments from my friend Lori’s Art Cart of Awesome!

1. Kuretake Watercolor Pens:

2. Caran d’Arche – Watercolor Crayons

3. Watercolor Pencils

I preferred the watercolor crayons as they are small, portable, and had better solubility than the pencils. The pens gave gorgeous intense color but will be more difficult to carry around.

From page 1 I have had trouble staying within the lines :)

Using my Koh-I-Noor Progresso colored pencils next, I’m laying down preferred color schemes for pieces rough drafted in crocheted cotton and are being crocheted in colored copper wire for the final larger scale artwork:

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That New Notebook Feeling

My friends and I felt the strong pull from the sketchbook corner at the Ikebukuro Tokyou Hands and found ourselves caught.

Here I was introduced to Midori Diary Paper, designed and made here in Japan. Comes in such a lovely cream color and they are bound in such a way as allow each page to open flat.

So many choices in page organization, different sizes with lines vs grids vs blank pages with infinite possiblities.

Such a simple, personable packaging label. Nice handwriting in Japanese & English. And a nameplate sticker.

^ It came with a glassine book cover which I know I’ll tear immediately upon use, so I’ve returned it to its original bag and when I’m done I’ll add it back on.

^ Of all the Midori page designs I chose the Storyboard option. 8 fun little sections per page, “16 boxes per spread. Good for mapping out presentations or developing an idea progression.” Or maybe I’ll do some little sketches…or ??

For now, it looks too nice to mark up :)

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