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In Context—Favorite Papers

Sometimes you can search and search and test and test, and you just keep coming back to a favorite paper. For me I love to paint on white Stonehenge paper. It isn’t a watercolor paper—the washes need a different handling than on watercolor paper. Yet there is something so fun about working on the paper—the […]

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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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Hahnemühle’s Nostalgie Paper Is Now In Elegant Sketchbooks!

Above: First sketch in my new Large A4 Nostalgie Sketchbook with Pentel Brush Pen (pigment, squeezy handle). Click on the image to view an enlargement. In August I received an email from Hahnemühle announcing their new sketchbook line containing Nostalgie paper. (Nostalgia is a 190 gsm natural white paper that has a smooth surface and is […]

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A Quick Look at the Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen

Left: Self portrait made at the bathroom mirror. My braids are tucked back behind my head because I was gluing (nothing like leaning forward and getting glue in your hair!). I’m testing the Pilot Futayaku Double-Sided Brush Pen in a handmade book that’s about 7.5 inches square—I made it with Nideggen paper. Click on the […]

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Using Rubber Stamp Inks in Visual Journals

Left: Page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I used a 6 x 6 inch square, wire-bound journal with grey Stonehenge paper. All the pages were masked and labeled with the date and related title in the same way. This image was a response to "Focus on Text." There is some heat embossing in this image […]

Jet Pens Looks at Brush Pens; and a Compendium of some of My Favorite Brush Pen Posts

Jet Pens has put out a fun, short video about brush pens and the different tips they have. If the embedded video doesn't work check it out on YouTube. After you watch the video (which is about 3 minutes in length) you can go to their website and check out the Brush Pen Sampler they […]

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Line Quality: More from the Leuchtturm 1917 Sketchbook

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Part Two of My Review of the Leuchtturm 1917 SKETCHBOOK

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Working on a Visual Vocabulary

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Can You Find All the Media?

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