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More than a Peek Into My 2014 Fake Journal

June 17, 2014

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Above: A segment of the images as they hung on the wall. (Each sheet is 22 x 30 inches of some sort of mystery printmaking paper.)

This year I went large, really large, in my 2014 fake journal. I posted the virtual "show" of the 30 pieces (one for each day in April) on the Official International Fake Journal Month Blog, earlier today. You can go there and see the full set of journal pages in a virtual show.

You'll also find a transcript of the text on the pages if the enlargements are not clear enough for you, or blobs of ink obscure the text.

I'll be posting a wrap up of my project in the next few days, but for now you can see the images and read a bit about the mechanics of the project.

I still have over 200 sheets of this paper. It's lovely to draw upon—obviously it will be a pain to scan or photograph. I'm not sure what I'll do with it. Every type of wet media seeps through the paper so it isn't suitable for binding into journals, unless you only use dry media, and I don't. (All my ink pens bled through!) 

I'm thinking the paper will be fun to take to life drawing. Who knows. I do know it will get used up.

Currently all the sheets are in a large archival box. Glassine separates each one in case some of the rubberstamp ink I used on some of them for "paint" rubs off. Later this week they are going to be shot individually so that I can have files to print from. Each model is going to get an archival 13 x 19 inch print (the limit of my printer) as a thank you.

The toad won't get one—that's a giant foam toy toad that's bigger than my head. I was watching a TV show (Dirk Gently) with Dick and one of the characters held up this enormous toad and I perked up and Dick shook his head and laughed, "Oh, no." A little goggling for large rubber toads got me to a site that sells "everything frogs" and bingo bango I had one coming my way. I LOVE IT. I had to resist drawing it everyday in April! But that would have been fun too. Maybe that's what I'll do with the rest of that paper!

  1. Reply

    I just commented over on your Fake Journal page post. The transcript is a great idea…made it so much easier to ‘read’ the art pages. Awesome job, Roz, especially in light of the fact that you were sick too. I loved your art pages!

    I loved your reaction to the huge toad when watching Dirk Gently. I tend to note things down that interest me on TV that can tie in with my art. So glad you were able to track down the giant toad. 🙂

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    Serena, thanks for the comments. Stay tuned, I’m speaking with the photographer tomorrow and it looks like I might be able to set the images up so that people can view them in really fine, fine detail.

    The project kept me sane for part of April and then frustrated for part of April and then because I’d stuck with it and finished I felt sane all of May even though I was still sick. I knew it would play out that way because there have been similar “interruptions” in the past. It’s and added incentive to keep going.

    Besides, I’m grumpier than anyone can imagine if I don’t keep going on my projects, and it isn’t fair for Dick to have to deal with that.

    I love the toad. Even if it looks like foam that will break down and crumble in a few years. I just have to get busy and sketch it repeatedly NOW.

    Thanks for taking a peek.

    • E-J
    • June 27, 2014
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    I love the lines and colours of your fake journal entries! And googling large rubber toads is such a very Roz thing to do …

    I’m excited to have signed up for Sketchbook Skool: Beginnings (missed it first time round). Need ways to keep my sketchjournalling more frequent, fluid and fun. I’m just coming to the end of a journal and have a Stillman & Birn Alpha series lined up which I’ve heard good things about. A fresh sketchbook to coincide with the start of SBS!

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    Thanks E-J, I’m not always successful when I google things—I joke with a friend about this all the time and she gets better “searches” but I’m glad I was successful with this toad search!

    I think SBS will give you a ton of ways to get more frequent in your sketchjournaling! You’ll have great fun. I look forward to seeing what you do with my assignments!

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