Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Plutarch

Saturday, October 7, 2017

strathmore visual journal... my new companion

Hello frnds,

today I am going to write about my new outdoor companion.

since last year I get a little time to spend with myself as my daughter started going to the playschool for 2 hrs.

I wanted to paint so badly that I thought I should utilize those spare time doing some sketch works on daily basis.

I tried to work with acrylic painting but it didn't worked out properly because I was always getting distracted by some or the other reasons.

I was desperate as its absolutely frustrating for me of not able to do painting the way I want to.

I was nearly broken when the idea of quick sketches strike me.

Visual journaling and sketching outdoor.

. I always liked the idea, as you can see in my previous blogs. I thought it would be great if I start with this concept once again as I have a little time for myself.

I started keeping a sketchbook handy with me with some pigma micron pens. I carried them always whenever I am outdoor.. anywhere and everywhere from children  playground to shopping malls ..

I must say I enjoying draeing people and places.

my sketchbooks varied from the local brand Brustro to Strathmore visual journals.

today I would like to review about my experiences with Strathmore visual journal and cotman portable travel set.

as you can see .. this journal is definitely well travelled .. hence it looks rustic and torn

here I must mention the details.

Visual journal- Starthmore
140 lb ( 300 gsm) watercolor paper
cold pressed
22 sheets - 44 pages
size: 5.5 in X 8 In (14 cm X 20.3 Cm)
Acid free wire bound
lie flat and open 360 degrees
page color- white

 It is compatible with

  • graphic pencils
  • Pen and Ink
  • color pencils
  • charcoal
  • markers
  • soft pastels
  • oil pastels
  • watercolor pencils
  • watercolor
  • acrylic
  • collage
  • gouache

now here is my own experience

just loved this sketchbook. as it is very compact and can be fit into a snall sling bag along with compact watercolor set and pens

love the texture of the paper.

I mostly used my cotman travel set and pigma micron pens

here are my sketches as a specimen of my visual review of this excellent sketchbook

these are some of my sketches with cotman watercolor set...

I am in love with watercolor sketches...

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Its been an wonderful journey of a new mom that I experienced in last 3 year. my daughter delighted us with lots of sleepless nights and lovely sweet emotional meltdowns.

she is 3 now.. and I hope I can resume to my weekly blogging exercises now..

now let me tell you.. what did I do apart form playing new mom or changing diapers and feeding her to be précised.

well... I bought lots and lots of art supplies and books... and of course some silver jewelries...

Meanwhile my mystic canvas page has crossed the first 1000 likes .. oh yeah.. and I don't know how.. because I seldom posted my artworks there.. still so many are just rotting on my desks and crawers..

no big paintings... no serious works..

I just kept sketching and journaling and buying supplies... those were my motivations.. seriously..

let me share some of my sketching works with you..

I will review about the supplies later..

Playground sketches

stormy night from 11th floor balcony



security check post

bedside workplace

as you can see.. I am obsessed with my art supplies and I  have no time to spend in my art corner.. so this is my regular easily convertible work place.

that's all for today folks... going to slice veggies for lunch...

see you.....