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I Test the COLOR Ink Tombow Fudensuke Pens

    In November an email blast from Jet Pens mentioned Tombow Fudenosuke pens were available in COLORS!!!! I ordered a set of 10 (which includes a black—you can see the list of colors on my test page at the right. Click on the image and you can cycle through enlargements.) I’ve done several sketches […]

Brush Lettering—Another Look, and Other Approaches to Hand Lettering

If the above embedded video doesn't play please view it on YouTube. Tonight, Monday, April 20, 2015 the MCBA Visual Journal Collective will meet at 7 p.m. at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. I'm not sure of all the details, but I remember coordinator Suzanne Hughes saying at the last meeting that it would be […]


Gouache and the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen

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Why Not Try the Faber-Castell Pitt Artist’s Calligraphy Pen?

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Use Color Fearlessly: A Color Theory Workshop—August 9-12, 2012

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MCBA Visual Journal Collective August Meeting Reminder: Making Reed Pens (postponed from an earlier day)

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Testing Out a Noodler’s Flex Nib Fountain Pen

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Three-in-One Review: Chinese Brush Fountain Pen, Dragon’s Napalm Ink, and Tim Wooton’s Book

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Report on the MCBA Visual Journal Collective November Meeting

A calligraphy presentation at the November meeting of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective.


Profile Friday: Exquisite Journals of Wendy Hale Davis


Above: "Fruition" a handmade journal by bookbinder and visual journal artist Wendy Hale Davis. (©2009 Wendy Hale Davis). The cover leather has been dyed and the two insert images are gouache.

I know some amazing people and Wendy Hale Davis is amazing on so many points I could go on and on about. I have listed her in my blog roll, but I wanted to draw her bookbinding and book arts work to your attention. She keeps the most amazing visual journals, and has for her adult life. I have had the good fortune to page my way through them—she marries a non-fussy calligraphic hand with visual delights. For me her books are like modern illustrated manuscripts. There is a designer's eye actively working on the page layout. There's an artist's hand creating the illustrations. And there is a humanist writing down the moments of her life.

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