Well, as I have finished the last little bits and pieces of Kincaid/James #17, GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS and it is out of my hands, I am, of course, planning to begin a new book. I've kept odds and ends of book journals the last few years, some more successful than others, but with #18, I want to do better. It deserves its own journal, and I want to make a good start on it in England.
I've got the journal, custom made for me by the fabulous Mychal Mitchell at Iona Handcrafted Books. (We've had Mychal as a guest on the blog. She does AMAZING work.)
Isn't it gorgeous????
The paper is bamboo, which is not quite as good for watercolors as proper watercolor paper, but better for fountain pen ink, so it's a compromise. And as you can see from the fountain pen, this journal is about the size of a hardcover book. And probably heavier.
You may be wondering if I can actually paint with watercolors... The answer is "no," although I've done little dabs here and there. (Check out the travel palette, and the portable watercolor brushes!! Aren't they fab?) But I can sketch a little bit, and I thought, why not start now?
I've wanted to make an illustrated journal at least since I was in college and read THE VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE. If you want to see the sort of thing I would really like to do, check out these photos from Benno's Iona journal.
And I'd like to include photos, too, so here's the other thing I want to stick in the suitcase--my little Canon Selphy printer.
It weighs 1.9 pounds (I looked it up.) Hmm. But it is so cool, and prints gorgeous photos from your computer or phone.
Well, we'll see, when all the necessities are in the suitcase. I'll update you. All in all, this is probably a crazy project, but the journal is going in my carry-on, regardless.
I spent the last stretch of GARDEN OF LAMENTATIONS, when I couldn't read fiction, reading and re-reading a book called THE COMPLETE DECORATED JOURNAL, by Gwen Diehn. I adore this book!! But it is NOT going in my suitcase.
REDS and readers, is there something you've always wanted to do that is impractical and for which you have no skill or experience? Tell us your secret project!!
And wish me luck.
PS: My fountain pens don't use cartridges. If I wrap my bottle of Heart of Darkness black ink in layers of bubble wrap, then put it in a couple of ziplock freezer bags, will it survive in my carry-on? It would not be pretty if it broke...
And it's waterproof...