Watercolor Travel Journal – An Imaginary Trip to Paris

Laure Ferlita is the mastermind behind Imaginary Trips.  If you want to improve your on-location sketching and painting or you just want to paint along on a really fun trip, check out Laure’s workshops.  For many years I’ve taken paper and paint with me on trips and sometimes I’d paint and sometimes not.  I believe in Laure’s workshop I improved my confidence to sketch and paint wherever I’m at.  This workshop uses reference that Laure provides and Google Street View.  I also had fun with Google Translate.  She includes video so you can see her paint too.

I bound my paintings into a book.  Click any image to enlarge.

Decorative paper covers and bound with a Coptic stitch.

 My hand marbled paper.


The cafe on the right was found using Google Street View.  Google allows derivative use of their images.

Painted the boats on the right without drawing, just went right to paint. 




I filled a water brush with Higgins Eternal ink.  This ink is permanent, but not waterproof.  When used with water, this ink makes lovely watercolor black and greys.



 It’s fun to have the work bound and feels like I really went to Paris.  Of course I have a vivid imagination too.


5 thoughts on “Watercolor Travel Journal – An Imaginary Trip to Paris

  1. Donna, you never cease to amaze me with your talent. This is such an amazing idea, and so serendipitous! I have been wanting to take a sketch class, and now I’m going to look into this one! fabulous work.

  2. This turned out great, Donna, and it is nice to see them all together in one book.

    What size paper did you use? How did you bind it at the end?

    • The finished size of the book is 5×7. I used a coptic stitch binding which I love, but I’m not too good at yet. The covers are mat board covered with a handmade decorative paper and hand marbled paper on the inside. I’ve been binding materials from classes I’ve taken recently as it seems I go back and look at a book better than I look through a file.

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