The paper I used in the sketchbook is a bit heavy to fold easily, so the paint really gathers in the crease, and I think it might crack after much opening and closing, but it is good for watercolour sketching - especially when you pile on as much as I did here. I need to fit the sketches on only one sheet at a time. P.S. (I apologise for the appalling pun in the title to this post!)
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Accordion to me...
I have been enjoying Laurelines vivid sketches she's been doing in an accordion sketchbook, so I was thrilled to find out how to make one myself , using Nina Johansson's simple instructions - out of a sheet of Fabriano paper - I was intending to take it to the beach over Easter, but that little holiday didn't happen - so I took it into the garden today to try and sketch a eucalyptus tree that I love for its silvery blue-green leaves. As is my way, I started much too big, so got mostly trunk on the page... and had to go up, up into the next page, and only squeezed a little bit of the foliage around the edges. I don't think its a very well eucalyptus tree - the top of the gate bangs into it, and it started weeping gum from the wound, and has now developed very interesting colours and textures all down the bark, with a bare strip on one side. I hope it's not a mortal wound, and I sure hope it doesn't topple over onto my car which is parked nearby.