These are my new little watercolor/sketch pads. I needed something I could easily throw in my purse or the car. The one on top is 6x6 square and the one underneath is a landscape orientation and measures about 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.
It was very fun experimenting with how this cold press paper takes ink and watercolor. Very different from the hot press paper I have in my other journals. I like it. It really draws the ink and water in quickly. The water soluble ink does bleed but it takes a bit more water to make it happen. I am still in love with hot press paper, but this is like having a new bag of potato chips to eat when you have only eaten tortilla chips for a year. If you know what I mean.
I fully intend to draw this bottle of ink no less than 10 more times, but holy crap - the first time was fun! So was doing the zinnia and practicing writing with my new paint brushes with water color. It is very freeing to grab an inexpensive little book and just start without thinking too much. Thinking is so over-rated.
I sketched the nasturtiums out back and the columbine out front. The squirrel out front with the big nut in his mouth that went scurrying across my porch did not stop long enough for me to capture his image. It might have been because I told him he better not even think about burying that nut in one of my pots.