Bug is the nickname my grandpa gave me. It caught on with other family members, and I will still answer to Bug, Bugs, Buggy, and other variations. I'm not 100% sure how he came up with it, but I don't think I ever heard him call me by my legal name. He called his other grandkids by nicknames, too: Sam, Bomber, and Ike.

My husband and I live in the Town of Vermont, a quiet little place near Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. I have an attic studio where I spend many happy hours listening to John Williams soundtracks and decorating pages in my illustrated journals. My husband calls my studio my "playpen".

When I'm not hiding out in my studio, you can probably find me wandering in the woods by our house to listen to birds and see what flowers are blooming. I'm also a big fan of driving around on our ATV.

Our House in Spring Watercolor Journal Page by Rhonda Saylor Wolf

Illustrated Journals, Watercolor Paintings, and Sketchbook Art

Haunted House and Stained Glass Pumpkin | Ink and Colored Pencil Bullet Journal Page Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Trick or Treat | Watercolor Calligraphy with Halloween Candy Illustrations Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
October 2017 Calendar with Halloween Illustrations | Bullet Journal Monthly Page Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Man in the Moon Mandala | Watercolor Sketchbook Painting Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Fall Teddy Bear and Pumpkin | Ink and Watercolor Illustration Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Color Wheel Mandala | Watercolor Sketchbook Painting Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Labor Day Weekend | Ink and Colored Pencil Bullet Journal Page Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
I would rather sit on a pumpkin | Henry David Thoreau Quote | Autumn Color Chart | Bullet Journal Page Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
Old Movie Sunday | Colored Pencil Bullet Journal Page Illustrated Journal Art by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - The Books of Bug
 

I started keeping an illustrated journal a few years back, after I saw some photos of another artist's journal on the internet. It was filled with little paintings and notes from his daily life – like a diary with hand-drawn pictures. When I saw it, I knew right away I wanted to try it. Keeping a journal had been on my wish list for a while, but writing isn't really my thing. In this type of journal, writing was optional! I bought my first Moleskine sketchbook the next day. Since then, I've filled up several books with sketches, paintings, doodles, and memories. I've even taken up basic book-binding, so I can make my own custom books with my favorite drawing papers!

Painting in my first new journal was an adjustment for me. My helpful inner critic was always watching, quick to point out all the flaws that any future audience would surely notice. When I painted on loose sheets, I could easily toss anything the critic judged "unacceptable". But since I didn't want to tear pages out of my pretty book, I had to learn to accept stray brush marks, smudges, mis-spelled words, and other things that didn't come together as planned. This has helped me immensely in ways I never expected. Because in life, as in sketchbooks, you can always turn to the next page, and start fresh.

There are No Mistakes in Art Journals Calligraphy Journal Cover by Rhonda Saylor Wolf