Here is the opening page of my journal, revealing my theme:
My adventure begins in Japan. Totally imagined, as I've never been there. But if I were fortunate enough to take such a trip, these things could happen......
See that little sketch of me with the sushi master? Well, it was tweaked from this one that my good friend Pat (aka Pat-Zee in this field journal ) did a few years back for our Tim Holtz cruise to New England.
A little gesso, a little drawing, and the stamp pad became a bowl of rice and the stamp, chopsticks. I've been on so many artsy adventures with Pat, I just couldn't resist including her in some way.
As for the other images, I just trolled the internet for photos of sushi (and Tokyo) and did my best to sketch them. Now, Kyoko and Naomi are real.....two wonderful women from Japan who have been on several Tim cruises with us. And I know if I visited their country I'd do my best to meet up with them. So although this entry came from my imagination, it is something that could happen....and maybe someday will.
Teri's field journal arrived in my mailbox, and it was such fun to work in. She and her husband recently returned from a trip to Hawaii, where she snorkeled for the first time. Obviously, sketching underwater is not an easy task, so she asked that we help her fill her journal with ocean life that is endemic to the Hawaiian islands. It just took a while with my friend Mr. Google, but I found three interesting creatures to sketch and write about.
Yesterday I handed both journals off to Pat (who was tickled to see her alter ego serving up some sushi), and I look forward to seeing how she continues them.
(BTW, all the sketches were done initially in pencil, then my Micron pen. Nothing too difficult for the coloring.....just markers and paint pens from my stash.)