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A Slip Case for My 2017 International Fake Journal Month Journal

This year for the April 2017 International Fake Journal Month celebration I created a journal of 30 loose card sheets. Each sheet contained the sketch from one day in the month.  To contain these sketches I decided that I would make a simple slip case using pre-painted watercolor paper. I decided to use a case […]

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Getting Used to New Glasses

Since April I’ve been getting used to a new prescription in my glasses. This is always a stressful time. Since March I’ve had two new pairs of glasses—the first pair didn’t work at all (everything in the close vision was double!). Because I was working around the clock in the middle of two projects and […]

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A Look at My Sketching Set Up for International Fake Journal Month

While working on image 30 on April 30, 2017 for this year’s International Fake Journal Month Journal I thought it would be fun to take couple photos of my sketching set up to include in my project. Last week, while trying to make the gallery of images work I forgot to add the set up […]

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Wrapping Up My 2017 International Fake Journal

Today I’ve got a gallery of images created in April for 2017 International Fake Journal Month. (Don’t know what IFJM is? Or what fake journal is? Click on the link.) This year’s journal was a loose sheet journal. All the sketch pages were 6-3/16 x 9.25 inches. In keeping with my goal of using what I […]

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I Didn’t Know It But I Was Starting A New Series

Often the idea for a new series comes to us by accident. We’re working (that’s when the muse can best find us) and things we’re working with combine in new ways, jog a memory, present a challenge, and bingo a new series pops into our minds. That’s what happened at the end of March this […]

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Technology, Life, Letters, and Thank Goodness for Outside Biking!

I’m going through the transition period to outside cycling up here in Minnesota. The weather, in the 70s for a few brief days last month has once again climbed up to the 50s. The sun has also cooperated. I’m glad, because cycling is the perfect way to blow off steam when computers and technical things […]

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Testing, Testing, Testing: Ending the Week with another Portrait

  Above: Graphite and watercolor sketch of a friend in a test journal—Seawhite of Brighton, approx. 8 inches square. Click on the image to view an enlargement. During times of stress I tend to come up with personal projects that “rivet” my attention. Formalizing International Fake Journal Month to always fall in April in 2000 […]

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Going Through Withdrawal from International Fake Journal Month

Left: Small Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Schmincke Gouache painting on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board. (4-3/16 x 6-5/8 inches for live area.) Click on the image to view an enlargement. Two days into May and I found that I really couldn’t give up the Arches Cold Press watercolor board, yet. I took a scrap […]

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I Married a Cartoon Character

Left: Pentel Brush Pen sketch with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board (16 x 10 inches). Painted with a 2 inch wide brush. Click on the image to view an enlargement. I got so carried away working on Arches cold press watercolor board every day in April for my 2016 Fake Journal […]

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Project Friday on a Monday—Working in a Series: Meet the Finches

Above: Two entries from my current, ongoing Finch Series. Montana Acrylic Marker for background and underpainting, with Pentel pigment brush pen sketches and gouache all in a Japanese Lined Journal. Click on the image to view an enlargement. You'll be able to read all about Nigel and Pete if you do. I love working in […]

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