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October Visit to Spain

October and our vacation will soon be here.  For this trip I repurposed a $2 book of Spanish Drawings, filling it with watercolor paper, and using illustrations from the book for my end papers. 

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These are the front endpapers.  The back is two other illustrations from the book.

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I also made a pen/pencil pocket from a piece of fabric I dyed during July.  I find the ones I made for two other sketchbooks really useful when I'm carrying around a sketchbook, and like them to be color coordinated!  

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I prepared the first few pages, so I can begin adding drawings and paintings when we arrive.  I cut out the letters for SPAIN at the edge of the first page - which also has my contact information.  The black is a paper I put behind the page to demonstrate the letters.

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I added Map of Our Destinations in Spain for Orientation:

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My standard illustration for overseas travel is from Maurice Sendek's book Mickey in the Night Kitchen.  Sometimes I put him on the first page, and other times on the first page which I prepare for quick daily 2 X 2 drawings.   

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Finally, I prepare several pages to record daily activities.  The dates will be filled into the painted rectangles.

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I will draw and paint as we visit each city in Spain, but these pages need to be done quickly wherever we are because I will be the only one sketching.  On a trip like this, we walk the cities, and wherever we stop, I draw what is around me.  I always hope for a restaurant, coffee shop, or bar near something I'd like to draw.  When my time is really limited, I sketch on location and take a photo to add paint later.  The pages also allow me to add business cards and other ephemera.  And any leftover pages are used, after we return home, for a few photos. 

I also usually paint a page with the art tools I'm taking and the paint palette.  Time was very limited before we left, so I'm going to create a page and draw the tools I actually use while I'm there!  This may be a help when I'm trying to decide what to take next time.  I have one pencil case, one lightweight palette (with 12 paint colors, and white, gold, and silver gouache), and my sketchbook.  My pencil case contains mechanical pencils, erasers, Pigma Micron pens - black 01 and 05, a new bold black Micron Brush pen,  a Signo white and gold pen, a brown and black Tombow pen, a Sketch and Wash pencil, a sepia brown watercolor pencil, and 4 Niji waterbrushes (Small, Medium, Large, and Flat).  The pencil case, palette, and sketchbook all fit in my small leather backpack with my wallet etc. 

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