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The Piecemeal Portrait Tutorial That Wasn’t

To keep myself drawing while I’m working out what my post-cataract eyesight will be I’ve been videotaping my sketching sessions. I find that the resultant videos allow me to look again at my process and ask myself questions about the progress I’m making with my eyesight.  It also takes the focus off of whether or […]

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Registration for “Sewn-on-the-Spine” Journal Ends Tomorrow

Registration for this class is now closed. Registration for the next session of “Sewn-on-the-Spine Journal” ends October 11, 2019, 9 p.m. CDT. Class begins on Saturday, October 12, 2019. I’ll be in this class daily during the month of class answering your questions. All lessons open on Saturday so you can work at your own […]

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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 on […]

Examples of the Simple Round Back Spine structure with cloth covered boards and recessed labels. (The book in the back has a raised label effect we will discuss.)

Bookbinding: Registration closes August 2 for Simple Round Back Spine Class

Registration for “The Simple Round Back Spine” online bookbinding class closes August 2, 2019.  Class begins on August 3, 2019 with all lessons dropping at once so that students can work at their own pace during the month. I’ll be available to answer your questions. (I recommend that students aim to make two books during […]

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Sewn-on-the-Spine Bookbinding Class Registration Opens Today

  I’m excited to announce the launch of the online version of my Sewn on the Spine Book Binding class. The above video tells you about the structure and shows you various examples so you’ll know what to expect. (If the above video doesn’t run please see it on YouTube at this link.) The first […]

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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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Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media Begins June 1, 2019

  “Textures: Backgrounds for Visual Journaling and Mixed Media” registration is now open. Class begins on June 1.  There are 6 weeks of lessons in which students work through the process of creating backgrounds for their artwork. I share my favorite materials and approaches and provide detailed information on those materials so that you can […]

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Upcoming Local Visual Journaling Class with Briana of Spiral Orange Arts

  Artwork in today’s post is all by my friend Briana Goetzen, one of the two co-ordinators of the Minnesota Visual Journal Collective. Briana has been journaling for over 20 years. She’s teaching a series of visual journaling classes at Wet Paint in Saint Paul Minnesota this spring and summer.  First up is “Getting Started […]

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What’s the Deal with the 2019 Celebration of International Fake Journal Month?

In January I decided that after 10 years of a public celebration of International Fake Journal Month I’d end the public portion of this project. You can read about my reasons at the above link to the official blog. So this year there is no button and theme/tagline and most important, nothing for me to […]

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Online Class: “Drawing Practice” Registration Opens Today

Registration for “Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public” opens today. (Click on the link to read about it and register.) Pre-class information will be available to all registered students immediately upon registration so that you can begin to set your goals and organize your time. (See below for a link to the supply PDF […]

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