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My Goals for 2017 and The MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Ninth Annual Portrait Party

This post was originally published on January 15, 2017 during my site transition. Note: The images in today’s post were sketched while I was sick with bronchitis and watching an episode of “Forged in Fire.” I LOVE THIS SHOW. Four blacksmiths compete in three rounds for $10,000. First they make a blade in 3 hours, then finish […]

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Summer Reading at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Above: Pentel Pocket Brush Pen sketch with gouache. This is a quick sketch I made using colors set out for another project—forcing myself to use pigments I don't normally use. Shinola Sketchbook test journal; spread 16 x 9.5 inches. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Tonight at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota […]

The Eighth MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Portrait Party: Monday, January 18

It’s that time of year again—Monday, January 18 is the eighth annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective’s Portrait Party. Join us from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m for great fun, sketching, and bookmaking. (Note our earlier starting time for this special event.) In two and a half hours we will not only make the content for our […]

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Project Friday: Working With Project Boundaries To Stretch Creatively

Left: A page from my 2015 fake journal. I had hoped that every page would be filled with a gouache painting like this one. But that wasn't quite what happened. Read today's post to see what did happen, and why that was the best possible outcome. Click on the image to view an enlargement. (Gouache […]

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 […]

International Fake Journal Month Talk at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective

On Monday, March 16, 2015 I spoke about International Fake Journal Month (IFJM) at the MCBA Visual Journal Collective. I explained a little bit about the background and what IFJM is, why I started doing it as a much younger person and why I shared it with students in 2000 and then later went public […]

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Roz Stendahl Talks about International Fake Journal Month at the March MCBA Visual Journal Collective

Left: This year's "button/slogan." Some folks pay attention to the tag lines when creating their fake journals, others don't. You'll find out why we have them at the meeting.  It's almost April, and of course April is International Fake Journal Month.  What's that you ask? Well maybe you need to attend the Monday, March 16, […]

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The Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party Is Monday, January 19, 2014

Left: Brush pen sketch of Rimbaud. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Just because Rimbaud won't be there is no reason you shouldn't attend the Seventh Annual MCBA Visual Journal Collective Portrait Party. Not only will attendees partner up to sketch each other, but the resultant paired portraits will be pasted up to […]

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Update on the October MCBA Visual Journal Collective Meeting

Above: My "sketchnotes" from the October meeting. A spread in a 5 x 7 inch handmade book—made with Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media Paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement. At the October meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective we watched the "Sketchnotes" DVD by Mike Rhode. (My review of the book […]

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The Sixth Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out—August 23 and 26, 2014

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