As some of you may remember, I make my own journal books with good watercolor paper. With a full sheet (22 x 30"), I come up with six 9 x 9" pages for my journals, plus three 4 x 9" cards. I didn't know what to do with them until I came up with a brilliant idea of making slender journals for whatever projects I felt like. Thus was born the "Garden Flower Journal," from which I am sharing some pages today.
The idea was to keep track of the flowers growing in my garden and a nearby park through the spring (2009). I drew directly with a Micron pen, which is waterproof, then loosely added a watercolor wash. With the same pen, I also did the lettering and jotted down notations. The unusual format of the paper made me work hard on the design of each page.
As I was looking through the pages of this journal the other day, an inspiration came to me. Why not start a "Fruits and Vegetables Journal"? Many vegetables and fruits are elongated. Think bananas, cucumbers, green onions, leeks, zucchinis, bokchoy, etc. As for fruits, I can line up strawberries, cherries, and so on. For large, globular fruits like watermelons, I can slice them up. How fun! I will keep you posted.