Monday, January 14, 2019

My Traveler's Notebook Set-Up for 2019

"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress"
                                              - Charles Kettering

Happy New Year to all my family, friends and fellow bloggers!

We all start out the new year with the desire to change so we can become more organized and productive in our lives. That is what my plan is for the set-up of my traveler's notebook. My desk is stacked with journals for sketching, painting, writing and planning. I realized I'm only using a few pages of each journal each month and carrying around the rest of the blank pages...unnecessarily. What if I only carried around the pages I needed?

In this video I show how to divide each journal into segments and make them into booklets for the traveler's notebook. The notebook will contain a bullet journal, mixed media journal, sketch journal, 2-year calendar and a daily journal. All "consolidated" into one journal I can carry with me and use.

If you are interested in additional free inserts to download and print, please check out Ray Blake's website at .

For a DIY on how to make a traveler's notebook and inserts, please check out my video at .

Please visit my YouTube channel at Beebe Arts - Beth Franks.
Or Instagram at beebearts4411.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas to all...

Christmas is the day that holds all time together.
                     -Alexander Smith

To my family, friends and fellow bloggers...

May all that's happy, all that's festive, all that's beautiful, warm and bright be yours this Christmas.

May you end the year with a smile and start with hope for another year.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Thank you Erica Bercich of Porcelain Photography for the beautiful photograph.

Monday, November 19, 2018

One Year Anniversary

"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change opportunities into blessings."
                                      - William Arthur Ward

Today marks the one year anniversary of starting this blog.

At that time I expressed gratitude for all the blessings in my life. For all my loved ones and their continued good health, happiness and well being.

Now, a year later, I feel even more blessed. This past year I have developed friendships with many artists and creative people from around the world. They have shared their love of art, their personal creations and have provided support and daily encouragement. My life has been made fuller because of them and I want to say thank you.

I especially want to thank "my boys": Michael, Emmett, Aiden and Mason. They are the reason why I started this blog and the reason why I strive to be the best person I can be...for them. They are my future...

Every day I thank God for them being a part of my life. I love them with all my heart.

Thank you boys, for all your love and support.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

DIY Watercolor Sketchbook (Accordion/Flip Style)

"There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult".
                                                                        - Warren Buffett -

Have you ever wanted to make a hardbound watercolor sketchbook but thought it would be too difficult or take too much time?

In my YouTube video I show you how to make a watercolor sketchbook from a single sheet of Strathmore 400 Series, 140 lb. watercolor paper. There is no sewing, stapling or taping necessary because the sketchbook is made from a single sheet of 22" x 30" watercolor paper. It's folded, cut and re-folded in what I call an "Accordion/Flip" style and you can complete the text block in less than 5 minutes. I added a cloth-bound cover for added protection to the watercolor paper and an elastic band to hold it securely together.

This is one of the fastest, easiest methods to make a watercolor sketchbook. You can use a single sheet of your favorite watercolor paper. Or... here's an opportunity to try out a sheet of another brand to see if you like it before you purchase a pad or block of it. The design and weight of the paper allows you to paint on both sides of the paper. The finished sketchbook is a standard size of 6" x 8", but if you prefer a different size, try one of the designs below to make an 8" x 8" square sketchbook or an 8"x 10" sketchbook from the same 22" x 30" size sheet of watercolor paper.

Just a reminder....these sketchbooks would make wonderful gifts!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Beginning a New Adventure

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
                                             - Lao Tzu

It's exciting to be able to revisit the beginning of a new art adventure. That's what happened this past weekend with my grandson. Emmett, who is seven years old, has decided he would like to learn how to do watercolor painting like his grandma. A new adventure we can share together.

The first step we needed to take was the selection of his paint palette and then the decision on what paints he should use. He decided to go for a metal paint box because as he put it, " the metal box was stronger than the plastic one." Then we selected his paints. I didn't want to start him out with Crayola or Prang, even though they are both good products for children. Instead, I started him out with Winsor & Newton Cotman paints. That's what I started out with when I was his age and never regretted it.  I'm still using their product today and find it to be of the highest quality. I wanted him to feel confident in knowing he was using real artist's paints and not something meant for a child to play with.

The next step was becoming familiar with his paints and knowing what colors he was working with. This he did by making a swatch card to put in his paint box. He painted swatches of each paint color and was surprised by how the colors appeared different on paper than they appeared in their pans.

After he completed the swatches, he was ready for his first watercolor painting. I didn't want to interfere with his first creation. In fact, I was eager to see what he came up with. His first endeavor  was on a small scale but it was what he could handle. His drawing was of his own creation and he began to paint it without hesitation. Of course, there was a special story about the picture and each color he chose to paint each item.

For his first attempt I think he handled it like a pro.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Midori Style Traveler's Notebook

"We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are".
                                                       - Max Depree-

I have an old messenger style leather purse that I loved dearly. Unfortunately, I loved it so much I wore it out. So what do I do with it? I'm still emotionally attached to it and can't throw it away, but I don't want to put it in the closet and have another thing cluttering up the house. Solution...take it apart and recycle the leather into something usable.

I've always admired and wanted a Midori Traveler's Notebook but I could not justify the cost of the leather notebook and the inserts. However...I now have the leather to make my own beautiful handmade traveler's notebook and I have all the papers I enjoy using to make the booklets. I also love the idea of repurposing something "old" into something "new" that I can use every day.

Follow along as I show you step-by-step how I used the leather from my old favorite purse to make a Midori style traveler's notebook. I break it down into easy steps and give you all the measurements to create not only the leather notebook but also the booklets to insert into the notebook.

Of course, if you don't have an old leather purse to use, you can purchase new leather from the craft store or fabric store. Then you can make the booklets from your favorite choice of papers.

Try making one for yourself, I know you'll love it as much as I love mine.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How To Make Your Perfect Sketchbook

"I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen."
                                                 - Frederick Franck

The most important thing for an artist is their sketchbook. It's where we work out ideas and get our practice, but most importantly it's where we express ourselves. Every artist has their particular preference about the size of the sketchbook and what kind of paper is inside.

We go into the art stores searching for our ideal sketchbook. Many times we either come up short and can't find it or worse yet we find several sketchbooks with different types of paper that meets our needs. We can't haul around all these sketchbooks so we end up restricting ourselves to the sketchbook we have on hand.

What if you could have one perfect sketchbook with all the different types of paper in it that you enjoy using? Would you choose sketch paper for working out that intricate design? Perhaps toned tan or gray for your portraits? How about watercolor for that spontaneous landscape?

Now you have that option. You can create that perfect sketchbook in the size you want with all the different kinds of paper you adore using. Best of all you can carry this sketchbook with you where ever you go and have the option of using any of these papers whenever you want.

It gets even better... you can remove the pages of this sketchbook and draw or paint with whatever medium you choose and then photograph it or place it in a scanner and then put it back in the sketchbook. can remove the pages, move them around and put them back into the sketchbook in any order that soothes your mind.

It's not a fantasy, that perfect sketchbook does exist and I'll show you how to make it.