Week of Fabulous Hair: Hair As Power

January 5, 2015


Above: A sketch of Diana Vreeland with her Geisha-like do. 8.25 x 10.5 inch Hand•Book journal. Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker.

This week I'm taking a look at hair dos, which always attract my attention. And I'm sharing some pieces from my test journal of a Hand•Book Journal. Later I'll post a full review but this type of sketch is something that is well suited to the paper.

And my point today is that hair can be used as armor and as a symbol or statement of power. And no one did this better with her hair than Diana Vreeland, fashion powerhouse.

    • karen
    • January 5, 2015

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re doing with the Hand•Book journal. I started one recently and although I used many of them in the past I am uninspired working in this one and it’s languishing in a corner. Perhaps new tools are the key. I hate to abandon it.

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    Karen, I’ve been happy about some things and disappointed about others. It’s a very large book (over 8 x 10 inches) and I’m doing different things than before, but I actually thought they had changed the paper from when I last used them when they first came out.

    To save you frustration I would say that you should stick with pen or pencil in these books. My wet media experiments I can make “work” but at such expenditure of effort that there isn’t any point when there are other books to be had. If you’re going to be using a commercially bound book I think you’ll be much happier with the STrathmore 500 series Mixed Media soft-bound journal that is 7.75 x 9.75 inches. A nice size and great paper ready for anything.

    Sometimes the best thing we can do is walk away.

    I actually have a little 5 x 5 inch or so HB that I took off the shelf to check the paper against, but that’s a relatively new little book and so it didn’t tell me anything. The one I worked in for a round robin project was not mine and I worked in heavy gouache. Very dryly.

    Roberta used them for watercolor but she always knows exactly where she wants her washes before she puts them down so she made it look rather easy.

    Better to give up on an $8 to $12 book than to waste your time.

    Or use it as a small notebook for meeting notes.

    • Alison A
    • January 5, 2015


    • karen
    • January 5, 2015

    I too think the paper changed and that’s why I don’t like it. Doesn’t take washes. Seems like it’s full of cheap pulp. Weird surface.
    Eh. Guess I’ll write “abandoned” on the spine and move on to something new for 2015. Thanks for the advice.

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    ” PINK IS THE NAVY BLUE OF INDIA!” She was so quotable!

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    She was a formidable lady!

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    Ellen, did she really say that?! I LOVE IT. How absolutely fun. Thanks for sending this.

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    Karen, get one of the 7.75 x 9.75 inch soft covered Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media books. They are great. Call WP and ask when their next sale is going to be. I picked some up this fall for 1/2 price (I couldn’t even buy the paper to make them into books for that!)

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