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I was out and about in town and wanted to do something different in my Traveller’s Notebook. I ended up creating an ink sketch which I call a ‘collage’ sketch as it has lots of different random elements all flung in together. I then coloured it at a later date at home:

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More travel journal play from my pocket Moleskine and A5 journal.

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It’s a wonderful feeling to completely fill a journal, particularly one that you started back in 2013. These are the last few pages of abstract play:

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Having spent so long lately using my travel journals and art kit it’s been a while since I really played in my studio journals/sketchbooks. I’ve been making a concerted effort to fill all of my started books including my dedicated studio ones.

When I paint I’ve been adding media to these pages to both use up existing paint so it doesn’t go to waste and create some interesting experiments in mark making, shape, colour and composition:

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Another set of pages from my travel journals; playing around with my current style predominantly in watercolour and ink as well as a little gesso on the double page spread.

My travel journals have become a vital place of exploration and discovery in my practice.

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A little more experimental stuff in my pocket Moleskine journal which is fast becoming a playground for abstract watercolour and ink pages. I absolutely adore working in it; the size and paper quality is just perfect for me which goes a long way to getting me picking it up again and again to keep playing in it.

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I am so close to finishing this personal journal that I started way back in 2013. It has been a mixture of journaling through my moods, both good and bad, to a place to experiment away from the pressure of ‘getting it right’. I try not to judge anything that surfaces in this particular journal, whether it be thoughts or images, many of which are ugly to my view but very important to my practice.

Lately, while I have still been journaling more traditionally in it, I have noticed abstracts really coming through again and helping to steer me back towards my passion and interest as an artist. It may not look like much but these pages are super important to the development of both my practice as an artist and my personal development and growth.

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