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A Page Can’t Contain Your Sketches and Collage? Learn This Book Structure

If you constantly find that your visual journaling needs more space to capture your ideas, consider making a book which is happy holding fold outs, ups, downs, you name it. The sewn-on-the-spine journal holds signatures on the spine with decorative stitching. This allows you to decorate the outside of book through your choice of stitch […]

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Draw the Same Person Over and Over, Especially if He Makes You Laugh

I’ve been thinking a lot about humor lately, and the need for it in daily life.  I try to get as much humor in my life as possible. Sometimes the only way it is possible is to find it on TV. Everyone knows I love improv. I watch and rewatch episodes of “Whose Line Is […]

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Things to Do in the Current Pandemic: Get a New Eyeball

In an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (available on Netflix) he interviews comedians as he spends time with them doing just that, getting coffee. (There are some side trips too.) I had to pull some examples for a class I was teaching and I re-read this journal page from 2018. (It’s […]

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Review: New Toned Watercolor Paper Sketchbooks From Hahnemühle

Spoiler Alert, I really enjoyed working on this paper. If that’s all you need to know I understand that Wet Paint has received a shipment. Contact them to purchase a book. (I’m going to go buy my copies at curbside tomorrow! Call them at 651-698-6431 and they’ll explain all that to you.) In the video […]

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Make Some Marks, You Know You Want To…

Go on, make some marks. You know you want to, what’s stopping you? Even with uncorrected vision I have moments with my eyes. Moments which allow me, even if I can’t see accurately, to at least make a series of marks that describe a texture, follow a form, and create a pattern on the page […]

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Dry Pens Are Sometimes the Most Satisfying

    I made this sketch one evening while watching television. I hadn’t been able to draw anything that day. Sitting next to me I had a lovely handmade journal I made with the old Gutenberg paper which has a lovely laid texture, flecks and a creamy yellow color. It loves pen  and ink.  But […]

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In Context—Philosophical Questions Arising from Watching Perry Mason

I think this page spread text pretty much says it all. (From my cataract recuperation journals.) What are television shows telling us about their historical time periods? This one is pretty obvious.

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Accepting Changes in Your Process

I’ve written quite a bit about accepting changes in your process throughout the 11 years of this blog. It is a common theme in my teaching.  One of the things that seems to hang students up the most is the notion that there must be one “right” way to do something. I’m constantly telling crop […]

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Registration Opens for New Session of Sewn-on-the-Spine Journal

The registration for my online Sewn-on-the-Spine-Journal class is now open.   Go here to Register. (The registration page  contains a link to the supply handout which you can download before you register.) You can click on this link to watch a video in which I explain why I like this structure so much. Class begins […]

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Drawing So Fast You Don’t Think About It

If you’ve got some free moments, sit and draw as fast as you can. I no longer have close vision so it’s fun just to try and capture things on the page without glasses. Distance vision for me is crisper but also blurred.  I was probably watching Project Runway or some fashion movie last year […]

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