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Review of the Dylusions Creative Journal

If the above video doesn’t play, please click on the YouTube link to view it. Today I am reviewing the Dylusions Creative Journal from Ranger Ink. You can find it in many locations via a Google search. There are a variety of sizes for this journal. (I have the 9 x 12 inch journal. There […]

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Simple Round Back Spine Returns July 15, 2017

My popular bookbinding class, “The Simple Round Back Spine” returns on July 15, 2017. (This is the only time I’ll be offering this class in 2017.) You can read about the class on this page. There you can also download a supply list. Registration is open now through July 15, 2017.   You can click here to […]

Mixed media sketch (8.5 x 11 approx. on Nostalgie) using brush pen and green Uni Posca marker, followed by acrylic paint markers, watercolor, and color pencil. There's a little bit of pink gel pen in some areas, but it wasn't showing up so I went in search of other tools; oh, and a bit of red-china marker.

How Do We Pick The Subjects For Our Art?

  My childhood was spent in many places, amidst many cultures. Something I always found, wherever I was—birds. It didn’t matter if we were in Switzerland and it was pigeons on the city window sill, in a Fijian village where chickens were scratching for survival, or an animal sanctuary where Emus had perfected the ninja […]

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Achilles’ Heel, Everyone’s Got One

My Achilles’ Heel, used to be the girls, and how quickly I could get them out of their crates (and with what tools) if there was an accident in the Bronco. Now it’s clear that my Achilles’ Heel is Dick’s eyes. Dick had cataract surgery almost a month ago. What should have been a quick […]

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Why I Love Snow Piles

I love snow piles because their changing shapes and volumes are fun to sketch. They are also, even in the dead of winter, a reminder that spring is coming. This winter I wasn’t able to sketch as many snow piles as usual, but as spring came on and the odd 70 degree day (followed by below freezing […]

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Journaling Superstition #20: Your Text and Your Image Need to “Make Sense” Together

Students tell me all the time, “I can’t write in my journal, I don’t have anything profound to say.” Or they worry, “I don’t want to write on my pages because my handwriting is so bad.” Or they fret that, “What I’m thinking about right now and want to write about doesn’t have anything to […]

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Maintaining Momentum and Fun in Our Daily Practice

If we want to create a daily practice, whether it’s exercise, diet, thought, or art related, we need to make sure that we contain elements of fun in that practice. It’s those elements of fun which keep us coming back to the practice. And ultimately it’s the fun that we bring into our work that […]

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New Online Class—Textures!

If the above video doesn’t run in the post, please view it at this link on YouTube. Yes, I’ve got a new online class starting April 1, 2017.  I’m so excited about my new class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” that I’ve made a short video to give you a peek. Simply click on […]

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Saying Good-bye To The Bell Museum

Above: Pen and watercolor sketch at the Bell Museum on 9 x 12 inch white Stonehenge paper. And yes Stonehenge is not a watercolor paper, but sometimes you just want to paint on what you want to paint on. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Sunday was the Urban Sketchers Twin Cities sketch […]

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Eyebrow Update: Another Gouache Painting in the Nostalgie Sketchbook

Above: Gouache sketch in a large A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inch) portrait orientation Hahnemühle Nostalgie Sketchbook. Dick sitting on the TV room couch. Direct brush painting (orange paint) then some areas of gouache added—using up paint and not getting white paint out. Click on the image to view an enlargement. Left: Detail from todays image. Click on the […]

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