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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Making travel journals

On May 16 I leave for a two week vacation in Scotland. I want to do lots of sketching.

I have purchased a Fabriano watercolour coil bound pad of 140 lb paper cold pressed, size 5 1/12 x 8 1/2". I will take some technical ink pens, an automatic  graphite pencil, watercolour pencils, and a water brush in a plastic case.

I have also made two folding journals, one from a single sheet of drawing paper and one from a single sheet of Arches 140 lb watercolour paper. I used Cathy Johnson's instructions for a super quick, no sew, folding journal. Link to the youtube video is here. 

Each journal has painted watercolour covers. I glued the covers on with acrylic gloss medium, and coated the images with medium as well. The top journal is watercolour paper, and the larger bottom journal is drawing paper.

Here are the journals opened to the first page. They open accordion style, and can be used on both sides.