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Above: Spread from my 9 x 12 inch Venezia journal. The text is obscured for privacy. I prepainted the entire background of the page spread, but the sketch on the right (done outside the journal) covers the recto page almost completely now.
I sketched Gert here with a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen on a piece of mixed media paper from the Strathmore Journal Line (this paper is not available in sheets—hint, hint Strathmore). I added some gouache (Schmincke). This is the first time I've ever sketched Gert with her mouth shut so I wanted to include her in the regular stream of my journal (which is sort of irregular now because I am working in two journals: the in-studio one and a portable one; see related posts since June 10, 2011). I thought about saving this page spread to paint on directly. I could easily have put Gert on blank spread later on, but I had just told my Strathmore students not to worry about using up great backgrounds—You can always make more.