I’ve mentioned café gourmand in a previous post, but since I’m a total fan of this multiple dessert and espresso delight, I decided to doodlewash that for today. There’s just something amazing about getting to the end of a meal and simply refusing to make a choice of desserts. Unless someone at a nearby table is already eating this, you have absolutely no idea what you’ll get when you order it so it’s a plateful of surprises. I will also admit to looking ahead on the menu to see if the restaurant offers this fabulous concept so I can make sure I don’t each too much and can enjoy it properly. Since café gourmand is one of those little things I treasure most, I thought it was the perfect subject to start one of the new sketchbooks I just purchased, which was a type I’d never seen before, so I snapped a photo of it which I’ve included below.
This little find is a red and black cloth hardbound watercolor sketchbook. I went to look for the brand, but there’s nothing on it. If I recall, there was some writing on the cellophane I enthusiastically ripped off of it, so I’ll try to look for it again while I’m here so I can add that bit. (UPDATE: the wrapper just said Aquarellbuch, but here’s a link I found to the sketchbooks, which come in three sizes). The paper is a bit smoother than my Pentalic Aqua Journal but equally thick which I like for heavier washes and layers. It’s a rather fat little book with over 200 pages (approx. 4.5″ x 6″) so it will take me quite a long time to fill it. This is good because I love it! The book lays flat no matter which page you turn to and loving the way the paint behaves on the paper.
This little sketch is the beginning of this new book, which is always a terrifying thing as I don’t want to screw up the first page. I thought about only putting my food sketches in this book, but I love it so much I’ll probably just put every little random thing I make next. I wish I were in Paris long enough to fill it with great memories of France, but we’re just here until Saturday and I only make one doodlewash a day. I thought about saving this one for Paris trips only, but at just 10 days a year for a visit, it would take me around 24 years to fill it and I simply don’t have that kind of patience, though it’s an interesting thought. I’m just hoping that at 70, I’ll still be doing watercolor every day even on trips to France and, whenever possible, indulging in a little café gourmand.