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Searching for a New Rubber-Stamp Ink

I use pigmented rubber-stamp ink in my artwork. It’s a crucial part of what I like to do—creating surface texture with stamped lines and words: a type of visual collage without glue. (Don’t get me started on my problems finding a new glue.) It’s hard to believe I’ve been looking for a stamp ink replacement […]

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Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper Meets the Pentel Pigment Brush Pen

This post was originally published on February 6, 2017 during my site transition. Left: Quick sketch on 9 x 12 inch (approx.) piece of Fluid 100 cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper, using a Pentel Pigment Brush Pen (squeezy gray barrel). Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sometimes you meet papers that immediately […]

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Change Up Your Tools to Discover New Mark Making Possibilities

Left: Direct brush portrait of Dick as he sat in the TV room with a light crossing him. (9 x 12 inch sheet of smooth yardstick). Read below for more details. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Paintings of Dick often start with leftover paints. On this day I had some gouache leftover […]

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Giving the Pentel Duo Point Brush Pen a Workout (and a bonus Eyebrow Update)

Above: A 12-minute sketch of Dick as he sat under a bright light on the couch in the TV room—9 x 12 smooth cardstock journal. While I'd done a shorter (time duration) first sketch with this pen, this was the first sketch where I explored all the different types of lines I could get from […]

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Quick Gouache Portrait on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. I started with raw sienna brush lines and just kept painting. It was way past the time to put out fresh white as I was using up paint, but it was too fun to stop and put the filbert down. (Mixing […]

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It’s That Time of Year Again—Puffy Coats

Left: A Sakura Pigma Profesional FB (Fine Brush) Pen sketch in a small (A6) landscape Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook which I've turned so that the gutter is horizontal and I have a LONG vertical to sketch in. Click on the image to view an enlargement. It happens every year—the temperatures drop (I do live in Minnesota after […]

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Pentel Brush Pens—Duo Point and the Duo Point Flex

Above: Sketches of Carl Too, who is smaller than Carl, using the two Pentel Pens I'm looking at today. The sketch on the verso page is with the Duo Point and the sketch on the recto page is with the Duo Point Flex. You can click on the image to view an enlargement, and you'll […]

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Review of the Seawhite of Brighton Sketchbook

Left: Water-soluble Color Pencil sketch of actress in the British comedy “Hebburn.” Click on the image to view an enlargement. I first opened my first Seawhite of Brighton sketchbook in June of this year. I thought I’d be finished quickly (even though it’s a nice thick journal) and would write a comprehensive review.  Then life […]

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Minnesota State Fair Journal Update

Left: This year at the Fair, at least on a few days, there were some birds. A big change from last year when bird flu hit and birds were banned from the Fair. The sad news is that the pigeon fancy took a huge hit. We were down from hundreds of entries to less than […]

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Saying Good-bye To Rubber Stamping?

Left: Six stacks of drawers and a couple boxes of materials waiting for the pick up. (Materials on the table are from an aborted trip I couldn't take because of an injury—I didn't even worry about putting that stuff away, I was that focused on sending the stamps to their new home.) The boxes contain the […]

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