September 15, 2011

Prep pages

Prepping pages….this is a new one for me!  Since I will be traveling and you know how boring airports can be….lots of waiting, lots of people, no space, uncomfortable chairs, travel luggage, delays, deadlines, drudgery!  I’ll try to make the best of it!

Sometimes I find it hard to read a book at airports, too much going on.  I get too distracted to follow any decent story.  I like to “do” something besides just people watch, but I get a kick out of that too!

I drew a bunch of random circles and colored them in with watercolor pencils!  I thought the watercolor pencils will work well with these art journal pages, since I can write over them.  Unlike markers where the ink is too dense.

Prep Page 2. 

No real direction here.  And that thing in the middle looks like the loch-nest monster.  Maybe I’ll give him some eyes.

Chose to work with more white space here. 

Just a little pep talk here. 

This page isn’t done….hopefully far from it.  I think the best pages are those that have been enhanced, colored in, marked up and where you can glimpse a small train of thought.  The pages where you can hardly recognize the finished product from the base layer. 

With these pages all ready to journal on, all I’ll need is a few pens and markers.  I won’t have to lug around my usual stash.  What a relief!!  Now, to get over the shyness of  journaling in public.  Can you?


JP said...

Thanks for starting my day with this conversation piece you have created. I love it.

Chel said...

I LOVE these so much!! The colors, the organic shapes, wow!

lori vliegen said...

what a great idea......prep pages!! i'd love to be sitting next to you at the airport while you're finishing them!! have a great weekend (and a great trip!). xoxox
p.s. your 9/11 drawing turned out fabulously......bravo, girl!! xo

Cynthia Eloise said...

i really like what you are doing with the circles. i haven't tried the watercolor pencils yet. i recently bought the crayons.

Jonathan said...

I love them!

ArtfulLee Designed said...

great idea to prep pages for when you travel. I am definitely going to do this for my next camping trip.
I am loving these pages Eden. Your colour combinations are just awesome. I can't wait to see them finished.
I am with you on the shyness when journaling in public. I am ok with doodling and basic journaling in public, it just depends on how personal my writing is.
Have a great week.

Anonymous said...


There is always someone who comes by and starts asking, "WOW, are you a real artist?" or "How do you draw like that?"

I get a kick out of them...but I find, if you don't want to be disturbed, there is a trick you can employ...just wear a pair of headphones...and don't pay anyone any attention. They'll just figure you can't hear them! You don't even have to have the music on....and then that's where the real fun begins...because you can hear every single thing they say about you! And it's always good....let me remind you that NOT EVERYONE CAN when they see an's a really cool thing!

I say do it now!

ciao bella

Creative Carmelina

Anonymous said...

I love your pages, btw! sorry I forgot to mention that in my first comment!
but I'm here now...and I'm saying it!

THEY ARE AWESOME...and you'll have fun layering on more goodness...until they are virtually recognizable! lol

have fun!

ciao again


gypsy said...

Eden, Great pages! It's so much fun to to watercolor abstract shapes in the moleskine and doodle over them later, and to me, airplane travel = moleskine, pitt pen, and a can of coke! Smart of you to plan ahead to have art at your fingertips.

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