The Books of Bug

Illustrated Bullet Journals and Watercolor Sketchbook Art

watercolor insects by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - the Books of Bug

about me

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 it my "playpen".

When I'm not playing 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

about my art

The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram
The Books of Bug - Illustrated Bullet Journals and Sketchbook Art on Instagram

I do most of my art in journals and sketchbooks. I still like to do some serious drawing every now and again, but for the most part, my pages are inspired by colors, patterns, nature, and other simple things. I'm fond of creating mandalas and learning new Zentangles®, and I love making color charts. Just recently, I discovered bullet journaling, a new and wonderful way to use my little books.

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If you happen to be looking for one of the assorted art shops I've run over the last few years, I decided to close them all down in early 2017, including the one on my website. It was kind of a new year's resolution. I wanted more time for sketching, drawing, and painting. Reclaiming the time I was spending on shop management was an easy decision, especially after an honest look at the return on investment. I have some plans for re-building my website someday, but there are no plans for future shops. In the meantime, I've been posting on Instagram when the mood strikes.

about my journals

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 a hardcover Moleskine sketchbook, 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. Starting 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.

Painting in my 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 out anything the critic judged "unacceptable". But since I didn't want to tear pages out of my pretty book, I had to learn to ignore the pesky critic, and just 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, in my personal life as well as with painting. You can always just turn to the next page, and start fresh.

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

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watercolor seasons by Rhonda Saylor Wolf - the Books of Bug