Please Remember to Vote Today

November 3, 2009

A voting reminder and another peek into the “weirdo journal.”

While this isn't a presidential election year voting still matters. Please remember to vote today. Consider why you vote. (I discussed this last year.)

And because you took time to stop by even on a busy election day here's another image from my Weirdo Journal…

Above: Page spread from the "weirdo" journal I've been discussing lately. This spread was made in stages. The sketch of the man (Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on graph paper) was placed here first. Then I added strips of decorative paper I made for covering my journals (see top and sides—purple/rust/gold strips). A fortune from dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant was added over the man's lapel. I came home on another night, late from the colored pencil class I'm teaching. I set up one of my squash and fiddled around with my Faber-Castel Pitt Artist brush pens in purple, yellow, orange, and green—making a color thumbnail of the squash and deciding on how to crop it. I decided it should get stuck in my journal along with the 3 colored pencil thumbnails I did quickly in class to show the students how I moved from one thumbnail orientation to spotting an entire series of different squash tops I wanted to do. (Sadly when I placed wax paper on top of these and burnished them a lot of the pigment lifted off so you can't see them well except in person.) Finally I did some writing about the events of the day and started to get into a doodling mode, filling the space with purple outlining and vertical lines.

    • elizabeth
    • November 6, 2009


    Do you use the graph paper because you like the way the Brush Pen “dances” over it, because you like the look of the grid, or because you are using the graph to help with drawing?

    I ask because I have never used grid paper before.


    • Roz
    • November 7, 2009

    Elizabeth, that’s a fun question. I use graph paper because I like to draw on paper which already has a visual texture (i.e., lines). Much in the same way I like working on journal spread to which I’ve already added a painted background.

    I picked up the graph pad at the beginning of October to do some quick sketches because I 1. couldn’t find my journal fast enough, or 2. had it nearby because I was making notes (I like to write lists and do thumbnail sketches on such paper), or 3. some reason I no longer remember. But I had not used the brush pen on it before that. I’d used other ink pens on it and loved it. (I also remember I wanted to sketch faces, big and fast and didn’t want to do that in my journal as I had just started it and it was watercolor possible paper, and it seemed the wiser move to just use some other paper for face practice—though on another day I may have elected to burn through all the pages in my journal—I’m fickle that way.)

    So probably my number one motivation was that I wanted to sketch on something with a “pattern.” And I knew the paper would take ink.

    I didn’t know the paper would take watercolor, and in subsequent sketches like the one above, I added watercolor.

    If these pads were NOT microperforated and were sewn bound at the top I would actually use one of these for next year’s Fake Journal. In fact I may do so anyway. I just love writing on this smooth paper.

    Once I started working with the brush pen on it I couldn’t stop. I’ve purchased more of these pads because I’m going to take them to life drawing co-op also. Sometimes a paper or other supply that we have used for a long time in some other capacity, shows itself to be useful for journaling!

    For me the grid gives no help in drawing and for some people the grid might actually be distracting. To me it disappears while I’m sketching and I like that aspect of it too.

    It’s sort of the same pleasure I get from working in altered books.

    If someone were going to have the grid “work” for them as some sort of help, I think you would have to be 1. resizing a drawing or drawing from a photo and using the grid to match a grid over the original sketch or the photo, or 2. be very conscious of the grid to use it in some mental way to adjust spacing and such.

    Since these were sketches drawn freehand and I was ignoring the grid while drawing neither of those things applied to me and I don’t think I’d enjoy it much if I were using the paper that way. But it could be done.

    Ultimately, to me the fun in this graph paper is the contrast it makes both in bright whiteness to the toned beige/tan of the journal text pages, and the contrast between its uniform grid pattern and the plain aspect of the journal paper—which has an overall absence of pattern, but then also has an organic “pattern” in that there are little fleck of wool fiber everywhere.

    I think it’s important to pick up different papers all the time and just have a go with them. You never know where it’s going to take you and you can have some fun in the process.

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