Microblog Mondays

Lately I have been flirting with the idea of making my own sketchbooks. I even bought watercolour paper to make a watercolour sketchbook. But then I started watching bookbinding videos on YouTube and there are so many different techniques I could not choose.

I mean, there is Coptic stitch binding, kettle stitch, long stitch, saddle stitch, perfect binding….

I finally chose saddle stitch binding, as it seemed to be the easiest. And now I can’t stop making notebooks, recycling old papers just to practice.

Don’t think I will need to buy a new sketchbook anytime soon…

Microblog Mondays

The theme of Sunday urban sketching workshop was drawing the wollemi pine  in Beja’s municipal garden. I must admit when I first looked it up online l was really disappointed as it is not very impressive at first sight. But it is unique, and a living fossil.

Anyway, before we headed for the garden we had a small presentation about the history of the garden and it’s renovation in 2010 and I was amazed to learn that the plates with the trees names had been stolen. As well as the ones identifying nests groups of children had built for the birds. But the weirdest thing for me was that they had to give up having ducks and other birds because those too were stolen.

I mean, the plates, I can sort of get, they can money for the metal, but why on earth would you want to steal a peacock?!

Microblog Mondays

Seems like I spent the day drawing this saturday. Museum of Costume and Fashion in the morning, where we had a lot of fun remaking  one of the costumes we had drawn with pieces of cloth we had brought from home .





And then I rushed for a drawing session on the other side of town for the open day of the ITQB (institute of chemical and biological technology). The lab sudies genetic traits of plants that makes them for instance more resistant to some diseases.


And now it is monday and I am still recovering from the weekend…

Six word Saturdays

Discovering the amazing variety of weeds

This environmental association challenged the portuguese urban sketchers to draw the spontaneous plants that grow in our cities for their campaign against the use of toxic herbicides to kill them.

I had never noticed them before, but there are plenty of them in my way to work, and of so many kinds.

This one is a very quick sketch I made before the choir concert this afternoon. Did the colouring when I got back home.

six word saturdays