Notebook Drawings and Hand-Drawn Collage Pieces

Drawing on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

While preparing for a new class, I took an empty notebook and started drawing. My first idea was to decorate some notebook pages but it went further and I had a lot of fun.

Bees and Butterflies

Bees and butterflies on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds and Feathers

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Birds on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Whale Chasing a Star

Whale on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Fish Swimming Fast

Fish on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Owl and Hearts

Owl on a dotted notebook. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her bujo drawing ideas!

Drawing Collage Pieces

As a child, I loved paper dolls and die cut scrap pictures. So after drawing the many notebook pages, I thought I could make some additional elements as separate collage pieces.

Hand-drawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here are a wolf and a fox, and a delicious piece of cake! I made a cut on the cake and on the fox so that they fit together.

Handdrawn collage pieces by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Playing with Notebook Drawings

I had even more fun when I realized that I can set the collage piece on the top of the drawing so that the animal becomes even more imaginative.

Playing with hand-drawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

The combination of wolf and owl is so cute, and I also like how the fox and the cake could fit in! I think my word for 2019 is Play.

Ink drawings and playing with collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Have some cake, and then get your notebook and start drawing!

Playing with ink drawings and handdrawn collage pieces. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Monkey eating cake.

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Recent News and a Sketchbook Tour Full of Ideas!

Curiosity by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. A painting from Paivi's sketchbook.

My short blogging break is over and to celebrate that I have a full sketchbook to show you!

The Last Page of the Sketchbook

This morning, there was one page in my big A3-sized sketchbook that wasn’t finished. It was a very ugly one! Even if I covered it with a layer of dark colors, it didn’t please my eye at all.

Sketchbook page in progress. The background before adding elements to it. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

But then I got an idea to highlight just some of the elements and paint a young woman on it. At the same time, I had the opportunity to play with the ideas that I am gathering for the new class.

A painting on a Pink Big sketchbook by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

I am often fighting against time when I am creating. When I make videos for the classes, I have only 1-3 hours for each project. My principle is that class videos are for guidance and inspiration and nobody wants to watch me paint for a day or two. Even if I speed up most parts, I usually include so much background information and art theory that I have to limit the time that I spend with painting or drawing. And often for blog posts, I have the same couple of hours even if it’s a bit easier if I don’t record the process or try to build a pedagogical package. So when painting this one, I would have liked to continue for a longer time, but I kept telling myself that the sketchbook is not where you make a detailed painting! Anyway, it’s detailed enough to get the idea.

Foxes and Inspiration from Natural Science

During the summer, foxes seem to have appeared in my art. This one is just a quick graphite drawing, but it’s something that really speaks to me: making new creatures and celebrating the potential and diversity of nature.

Best in Show, a whimsical graphite pencil sketch by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

Here’s another one with a fox:

Flora and Fauna , an illustration by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her full sketchbook on a video!

This sketchbook page is inspired by the microscopic world, and even if it’s a loose portrait, it also has a fox ear!

An illustration by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. Inspired by microscope images. See her sketchbook tour on a video!

I also have a tiny painting in progress that has a fox, but I will show that later in the fall.

Ready for a Sketchbook Tour? – Here We Go!

I have made a quick flip-through video of the full sketchbook. The sketchbook is from Pink Pig. There’s also a glance of the summer’s big project on the video – our Japanese garden!

Plans for the Fall

Here’s what will happen here at Peony and Parakeet during the fall – come along!

1) July-September: Watercolor Journey, you can still sign up, and if you love watercolors this really is the class to take! (When you sign up you will get immediate access to the material provided so far.)
2) Sept 10 – Nov 30: The Exploring Artist – a soul-searching coaching program for any artist who wants to get clear where to head next! There are only 12 seats available so sign up fast!
3) Oct-Dec: a new class with a working title “Portrait Revolution” as a part of my art community Bloom and Fly.

I hope that you have reserved some time for creating and will join me! And as always, the best way to stay up to date is to subscribe to my weekly emails!

Keeping a Watercolor Diary

This week, I show you my Moleskine Watercolor Notebook and share a bunch of art journaling ideas for watercolors.

Art journaling with watercolors. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her Moleskine journal, full of ideas!

I call my sketchbook a watercolor diary because it has become more than just storage of watercolor sketches. I have recorded many everyday moments and memories into it, and it has become a companion that is always easy to pick up and spend time with.

Watercolor Diary – Watch the Video!

I have included a lot of sample pages in this blog post but watch this recording of a live broadcast to get more out of them!

About 17:30 I talk about daffodils, but I mean dandelions, sorry!

Watercolor Diary – Sample Pages

Here are the pages of my art journal showed in the video.

Familiar Place

Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Long Path

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Everyday Observation

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Story of a Flower

This should read “Dandelion”, not “Daffodil”!

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

This Place Looks Like That Place

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Inner vs. Outer

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Travel Memories

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Inspiring Cultures

Watercolor art journal spreads by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Souvenirs from the Land of Imagination

Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Trip to the Museum

Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Organizing the Order

Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Abstract Garden

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Flowers in the Wind

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Abstract Buildings

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Kneeling Down, Looking Up

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Image Collection

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Focusing on the Air

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Watercolor Collage

Watercolor collage by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Making a Pair

Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Crazy Journaling

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Watercolors and Colored Pencils

Watercolor art journal page by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Rainy Day

Rainy Day. Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Morning Dew

Morning Dew. Watercolor art journal spread by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet. See her watercolor diary for more ideas!

Take Yourself on a Picturesque Watercolor Journey

My class Watercolor Journey is especially for you who admires traditional watercolorists but who wants to be more loose and contemporary in your approach.

Watercolor Journey, an online watercolor art class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

If you find sketching, perspective painting, careful shadowing and copying boring, but want to learn tips and tricks to let watercolors do half the work for you, you don’t want to miss this class!

Connect the dots between watercolor techniques and creative expression – Sign up for Watercolor Journey!

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook as a Watercolor Diary

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook as an art journal. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

In 2015, I recorded one of my most popular free videos called Farewell to Summer with Watercolors. At that time, I was practicing basic watercolor techniques and wanted to see how they would fit with the process of following a reference photo.

Paivi Eerola and her watercolor painting.

Now when I am preparing for the new class Watercolor Journey, I went to my archive and looked at that piece again. I was interested in the actual location more than the techniques – how our front garden had changed during the years and seasons, and also: how it’s going to change as we currently have big plans for the garden.

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook as an Art Journal

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook as an art journal. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

This spring, I have realized that there can be a straight-forward but hooking connection between watercolor painting and memory keeping. I picked up an old Moleskine Watercolor Notebook and started making little watercolor sketches that record either the outer or the inner world. This kind of creative play between the reality and the imagination make the most out of watercolors and their many techniques.

Moleskine Watercolor Notebook as an art journal. By Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet.

My watercolor diary – as I now call it – is not just a technique sketchbook. It’s a nonlinear expressive journal that is sometimes very grounded, other times more other-worldly. I have a couple of rules that I try to follow on every page:
1) Don’t pencil-sketch the page before painting.
2) Get creative and let loose in one way or another.

Live Broadcast – Keeping a Watercolor Diary

Next week, on June 13, I am showing this small art journal and sharing some ideas on what to put on the pages. Come and join this live broadcast, save your spot here!

Keeping a Watercolor Diary, a live broadcast about creating art, June 13, 2018

Watercolor Journey – Early-Bird Sale Ends on June 10th!

Before we meet, do sign up for my new class Watercolor Journey before the early-bird sale ends on June 10th (midnight, PDT)! Watercolor Journey is especially for you who admires traditional watercolorists but who wants to be more loose and contemporary in your approach. If you find sketching, perspective painting, careful shadowing and copying boring, but want to learn tips and tricks to let watercolors do half the work for you, you don’t want to miss this class!

Watercolor Journey, an online art class by Paivi Eerola from Peony and Parakeet

Connect the dots between watercolor techniques and creative expression – Sign up for Watercolor Journey!