Fruits and more fruits for October.

Sorry for the break! Things got a bit hectic, and I have a lot of things planned for you guys, but at the moment I am focusing on keeping my Instagram up to date. But, I'd like to share what I have been up to!

My October Cover Page

My October Cover Page

So I was super pleased to see that watercolours were holding up well in my journal. I had done a few test pages previously, but now, as Australia is hitting spring, I wanted to try something more colourful. The coating on the LT paper means that it does hold up quite well, but there is some crinkling. This seems to dissapear over time. 

Monthly, not Monthy.

Monthly, not Monthy.

So the left hand side of this "Monthy" (I can't believe I misspelt that even though I did pencil first) has the watermelon behind it. There is some crinkling and ghosting, but overall I don't mind so much. This spread may have been a little too youthful for me, but it was fun, with all the strawberries. I'm trying this as my monthly log this month. At the moment, my feelings are 50-50 on it, so I might do a re-vamp again for November after testing how this works for me. 

Expenses and "brain dump"

Expenses and "brain dump"

The expenses pages is working well for me, but the brain dump page is seeing less and less use nowadays. I might scrap it for November - Right now I just scribble some ideas and notes, but I find that I am doing that more and more in my daily logs.

October Week 1 Spread

October Week 1 Spread

Here is my October Week 1 spread. I decided to do pumpkins/peaches/mandarins as I was jealous of all my northern hemisphere friends and their awesome fall spreads. So I compromised. I was drawing the orange fruits and I couldn't remember what my original goal was. When I was drawing it by pencil, I had just made an ambiguous oval shape.... I should tink about this more when I draw this. The boarders feature orange unnamed fruit and grapes for this week's spread.

I really love using this spread. It's simple. There is a water tracker at the bottom (the dots you can see) and it works really well as I get quite a bit of space with the six columns. I don't do much on the weekend (I really don't want to, that is my human slug time, where I just want to hang with the cat or something) so I combine that into one. The watercolours are also just lovely to look at during the week. As the watercolour is used in only small areas, I didn't get any buckling this time. I took a photo of the back of the paper for those who are interested to see the show-through. 

Ghosting on the back of the LT

Ghosting on the back of the LT

Just a disclaimer here - I really don't mind the ghosting. I didn't realise it was a big deal until I saw all the discussion posts about it. That being said, I come from the land of hobonichi, who's papers are using the 70lb Tomoe River, so the LT is decidedly thicker. What's important to me and how I use my journals is that the paper doesn't bleed when I do all my doodles. Therefore, my style really agrees with coated papers like Tomoe River, the LT, Rhodia, Midori, and Clairefontaine. Also, I have an addiction to fountain pen inks so I love to see the sparkles come through the ink. I kind of think the ghosting means the journal is well-used, and it's a gift from the past (also if you do weeklies back-to back you can see your guidelines on the previous page..... lol!)

You can see a video of me painting this spread here

 

October Week 1 Spread

October Week 1 Spread