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Breathing Room on the Page (or Page Spread)

One of the most important compositional tools you have in a visual journal or sketchbook is the breathing space on the page (or page spread).  The negative space around an image helps define the image through silhouette, and shape recognition. The space will help you correct angles and proportions when you go off—or— if you […]

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I Forgot to Tell You About September on Patreon

I just realized, in putting up the new blog side bar image for OCTOBER that I forgot to put up the one for September. I’m sorry because it was a great month—8 videos (the last one goes up on Monday). I focused on preparing for a project and working in ink (dip pen, brush pen, […]

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A Little Dip Pen and Watercolor

At the beginning of the month I had a pen sketch of this muse from Sktchy. Here today is another sketch, from the same muse with different facial hair. I’ve used a different painting approach: dip pen and watercolor. (See the caption for additional media comments.) This is actually a painting made on a sheet […]

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InkTober 2020—Setting Up a Plan and Enjoying What Comes of It

  Note: Enjoy this long post and the attached gallery. Family and business obligations will keep me away from this blog for most of November. I may pop in with a quick post or two, but the first two weeks of November are particularly tight. I wanted to give you something to look at in […]

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Papers Buckling When Using Wet Media

Awhile back a student wrote to me about her problem with buckling papers in her journal. Buckling happens when wet media is used on papers. The moisture soaks into the fibers that make up the paper. The fibers swell, the buckling ensues. The artist may become grumpy. But that’s like being grumpy at clouds for […]

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Registration Is Open For The Final Session Of “Textures: Backgrounds For Visual Journaling And Mixed Media”

Yesterday registration opened for my final online session of “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media.” If you’re new to my blog you might not know it but I enjoy pre-painting journal pages with a variety of media. I work ahead in my journals this way. Then when I turn to a pre-painted page […]

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Registration for Textures Class Closes Friday

Registration for my six-week class “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” closes this Friday, March 27. The class lessons begin on Saturday, March 28. (Introductory material is open immediately upon registration; this includes videos about materials.) A supply list is downloadable at the registration link. What I love about this class is that […]

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Always Be Playing: Try Different Approaches with the Nearly Same Media

It is important to experiment using different media together to come up with a look that suits the subject and mood of your sketch. If you don’t push yourself to try different media in different combinations you’ll never find what you like the look of; and what you most enjoy using. In this post I’ve […]

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Registration for Textures Class Closes Friday

I enjoy pre-painting journal pages with a variety of media. I work ahead in my journals this way. Then when I turn to a pre-painted page I use that page to challenge myself to come up with a visual solution. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to build layered, rich pages, with […]

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