What is a watercolor journal?  A watercolor journal is a portable bound book of art you can create.   Artist’s toolkit of supplies for watercolor journaling include:  a bound book of watercolor paper; pencil and eraser; a black or brown waterproof pen; red, blue, and yellow watercolor paint; and a palette to mix colors.

Why a watercolor journal? Painting in a small portable venue is fun and works well for busy people. With your journal you can capture the day.  By painting you can document your vacation, your unique situation, dreams and life’s journey.


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Finally made it to California! Our view outside of our room in San Francisco the past September. Pacific Sunsets were soooo bright and clear. read more

Bouga Beauty

Medium: watercolor Celebrate with me.!!! This is my first painting accepted into a juried show. Mid-Southern Watercolorists, Inc. 47th Annual Juried Exhibition. Artist’s Impressions: I’m inspired by natural surroundings. Juxtaposing vertical and horizontal elements found in nature with man made structures is a love I’ve had since childhood; a paring that is magical to me and hard to put into words. Simply put cascading bougainvillea is just fun. The vibration of complementary colors intrigues me. The cascade of color is like a colorful waterfall of flowers. Joy is what I see. A taste of Heaven. I am so pleased to serve the viewer and hope the takeaway, if only for a few seconds is JOY. #Mid-Southern Watercolorists #watercolor #bvi... read more

Golden Poison Dart Frog

Size: 7.5” x 7.5” Medium: watercolor Artist’s Impressions: How would you like to run into this little animal in the rain forest? The Golden Poison Dart Frog is beautiful but poison. Such a small size carries powerful poison punch. The color yellow warns us about it’s toxicity. Just like a yellow traffic light, the frog’s yellow color says, “slow down and think about this”… you might not want to run a yellow light, or pick up a yellow frog!! Scripture Link: Exodus 8:3 “The Nile will swarm with frogs, which will come up and go into your house and into your bedroom and on your bed, and into the houses of your servants and on your people, and into your ovens and into your kneading bowls.” … I sure don’t want frogs in my bedroom or on my bed, and certainly don’t need a frog in my bread!! #creaturefeature #goldenpoisondartfrog... read more

Carol Carter Workshop

June 20 – 22, 2014 St. Louis Missouri, Carol Carter Studio Carol taught us her style. Cleverly and boldly she lets the water flow.   Water mixed with pure pigment, working in tandem with nature results in awe inspiring forms and shapes that move across the paper. Instead of “fixing” blooms, she embraces them, even creates them and incorporates them directly into her work. I painted on a flat table with a towel directly under my work space. The towel gave me more freedom to paint recklessly, not worrying about the table. Brighten Color My absolute favorite take away was learning a quicker way to brighten my paintings. I have learned the traditional techniques of working in washes, letting them dry, layering over and over again which wastes an enormous amount of time, emotional energy and inspiration. Instead she intensifies the wash with a very small brush, loaded with paint she saturates the paper with one tube color. You then baby-sit the wash over the period of time it takes it to dry, the longer it takes the wash to dry the better, so Carol prefers to work in humid, wet, and rainy conditions. Don’t forget the values With the focus on color, how I quickly forget that value is bones of most representative art. Carol then whipped out her ruby filter. It’s allot like squinting to see the values of your painting or reference. It’s turned out to be a handy tool in my box, especially to evaluate a painting’s progress. Loads of fun learning, good food, good fellowship, and Carol did a terrific job. Circle Demo Yellow... read more