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Television: “Backstrom”

Above: Sketch of Rainn Wilson as "Backstrom." Pentel fine-tipped ColorBrush with pigmented ink and then background color with a Montana Marker 15mm tip; in an 8.5 x 11.5 inch Japanese Lined journal. For TV talk today I'm going to bring up "Backstrom." It's a new police detective show staring Rainn Wilson as the misanthropic title […]

Jet Pens Looks at Brush Pens; and a Compendium of some of My Favorite Brush Pen Posts

Jet Pens has put out a fun, short video about brush pens and the different tips they have. If the embedded video doesn't work check it out on YouTube. After you watch the video (which is about 3 minutes in length) you can go to their website and check out the Brush Pen Sampler they […]


Starting to Paint Again…

Left: 7 B pencil sketch to mark some contours, then layers of gouache. On an 8 x 10 inch piece of Fluid 100 Cold Press Watercolor. I've done very little painting in the last two years because of a shoulder injury and a forearm injury. Mostly I'll throw a little bit of color over a […]


TV Recommendations—”Rev” and other Television Depictions of the Church of England

Above: Tom Hollander from "Rev." 8.5 x 11.5 inch Japanese Lined Journal. Pentel Brush Pen (ColorBrush) with Pigmented ink, shaded with a Colorbrush with dye-based, fugitive ink and a Niji Waterbrush. Color is all from Montana Markers (15mm tips), and there's some patterning with Staedtler Pigment Liners. When I looked up Tom Hollander on IMDb […]


Arches Text Laid—A Paper Review

Above: Pentel Brush Pen with pigmented ink, washes with their dye-based brush pen, color added with Montana Marker then sketched over with the pigmented ink brush pen. As promised on Monday, I'm writing a review of Arches Text Laid today. Well at least I would have if I had not already told you most of […]


A Look At New Pens From Derwent

Above: Sketch of Donald Sutherland using the Derwent Graphik Line Maker .3 in Sepia, in a handmade book (6.5 x 9 inches approx.) containing Arches Text Laid. You can see heavy ink lines from a different pen showing through this lightweight paper on the right-hand page. This is actually two reviews in one. I'm reviewing […]

Friday Double Feature: What Is Paradise? Or As I Like To Say: Wherever You Go There You Are

Again, I've gone over the limit—instead of a double feature I'm recommending a triple feature (with even another add-on). I couldn't help myself. There are so many movies I could have included in my theme for today: What Is Paradise? Or As I Like To Say: Wherever You Go There You Are I could have […]

You Can See Yesterday’s Design Recharge Webinar with Me, Now on YouTube

On February 11, 2015 Diane Gibbs had me as a guest on Design Recharge.  She recorded the program and you can see it here on YouTube if the above video doesn't work. We were set to talk about Fake Journaling because International Fake Journal Month is coming up. I got a little side tracked on […]


Join Me If You Can for My Interview Today

Left: TV Sketch, Rainn Wilson, with Pentel pigmented, fine-tipped ColorBrush (yes, one of those squeezy pens) on green stationery (I think it might be Canson that was pre-cut), for my loose sheets journal (about 8.5 x 11 inches). You really want to view an enlargement. Reminder: at 1:30 CST I will be on Design Recharge […]


Tune In for a Free Webinar with Roz Stendahl

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. CST. Diane Gibbs of Design Recharge will be interviewing me about one of my favorite topics—Journaling, specifically fake journaling and International Fake Journal Month. IT’S FREE.

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