It has been a bit more than a year that I had been to Lisbon and started to document my visit in a travel journal. Basis for this journal was my traveldori, which I made shortly before the trip in order to do some urban sketching there. After having been back from Lisbon, my urban sketching pages were almost finished…only some finishing needed to be done here and there…and it took a year to complete. Finishing might sound as it would have been extremely complicated or time-consuming, it wasn’t, I just wasn’t in the mood. But now it’s finished and I can show you my urban sketching pages (I hope you understand that my journaling is too private for me to show here).
In one of our vacations in Sweden I had already one an urban sketching travel journal. You can read more about it in my post about my Sweden travel journal. At that time, I did not have a proper set watercolors just watercolor pencils. It did work well at that time, but I prefer painting with real watercolors. However, the paper gets more wet, one needs to wait longer to be able to continue and differences in the quality of the paper are more striking. In my urban sketching album for Sweden I had used watercolor paper from prima marketing, which was great. For my trip to Lisbon I used the original midori traveler’s notebook no. 12, which was made for sketching and watercoloring. Unfortunately, small bits and pieces peeled off the paper while sketching and led to tiny strange spots on my sketches. You can see them here and there on my picture as an area with tiny dots. On the page with the door, neither the door itself nor the blue wall above should have these dotted areas. These spots are very frustrating. Next time, I will bind my travel journal for urban sketchting myself and use suitable paper.