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Brush Lettering—Another Look, and Other Approaches to Hand Lettering

If the above embedded video doesn't play please view it on YouTube. Tonight, Monday, April 20, 2015 the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will meet at 7 p.m. at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I'm not sure of all the details, but I remember coordinator Suzanne Hughes saying at the last meeting that it would be […]

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Gouache and the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen

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Why Not Try the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen?

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Use Color Fearlessly: A Color Theory Workshop—August 9-12, 2012

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MCBA Visual Journal Collective August Meeting Reminder: Making Reed Pens (postponed from an earlier day)

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Testing Out a Noodler’s Flex Nib Fountain Pen

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Three-in-One Review: Chinese Brush Fountain Pen, Dragon’s Napalm Ink, and Tim Wooton’s Book

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Report on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective November Meeting

A calligraphy presentation at the November meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective.

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Profile Friday: Exquisite Journals of Wendy Hale Davis

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Above: "Fruition" a handmade journal by bookbinder and visual journal artist Wendy Hale Davis. (©2009 Wendy Hale Davis). The cover leather has been dyed and the two insert images are gouache.

I know some amazing people and Wendy Hale Davis is amazing on so many points I could go on and on about. I have listed her in my blog roll, but I wanted to draw her bookbinding and book arts work to your attention. She keeps the most amazing visual journals, and has for her adult life. I have had the good fortune to page my way through them—she marries a non-fussy calligraphic hand with visual delights. For me her books are like modern illustrated manuscripts. There is a designer's eye actively working on the page layout. There's an artist's hand creating the illustrations. And there is a humanist writing down the moments of her life.

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Looking at Noodler’s Polar Brown

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Left: A quick sketch of Gert (my rubber chicken puppet) using Noodler's Polar Brown Ink (notice that I wrote "Polar Bear Brown" on this page because my label was already obscured and I wasn't sure of the title; read more about this below). This is on the last page of my current, until this page early this morning, journal, which I made with Nideggen paper. I filled a Niji waterbrush with the ink and sketched with that. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Read on for more details

I'm still on the fence about Noodler's. Dick has used it for years in his fountain pens. He carries several pens with different colors to take notes and draw diagrams in his work journals which detail all the "science" stuff he's doing. He's been happy with it.

When I try it I have been less happy. It doesn't flow the way I want it to flow, or it isn't waterproof on the paper I'm using it on (a problem of the paper's sizing I'm guessing because the inks I've tried are advertised as waterproof on cellulose).

But I'm always looking at inks and yesterday I noticed that Wet Paint now had a whole shelf of Noodler's inks in a range of yummy colors. The inks don't all have the same characteristics (as to lightfastness and water resistance) so you have to choose carefully for your intended purpose.

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