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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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Papers Influence Your Ink Wash

I wish EVERYONE paid more attention to this. You might say, “Roz, I don’t have a paper budget, I’ve got a grocery budget right now and I use what I use  for paper.” Yep, I get that. I don’t have a paper budget right now either. I do have some paper purchased for projects that […]

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In Context: Acceptance

This is from my 5 x 8 inch or so Hand•Book Watercolor Journal I was carrying in my purse at the time. I was sitting in the eye doctor’s office for the umpteenth time, sketching people in line at the counter as I wanted for my appointment. (I am fascinated by winter coats and so […]

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How To Use Space on Your Page Spread

This is a follow up of Wednesday’s post. Here’s an example of my experimenting with brush pen and ink wash on a page in a Japanese Lined journal.  I’d like to tell you this is cropped because there is text on the recto page that is private, but in reality it’s blank there, just more […]

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Making Fun Lines

Just a quick little post. I was waiting for an appointment. It’s a waiting room where I’ve already drawn all the walls, halls, furniture, and decor! I looked up a bearded model on the iPhone Sktchy App and sat there in very low light, scribbling away. Even thought the pen was going dry, it feels […]

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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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Working Opaquely with Watercolor

Today’s sketch isn’t an example of leaving something out (details on the shirt and jacket) to balance something else. I simply wanted to only paint the face, beard, and background. I thought about painting the shirt and jacket but I liked the lines that were showing through. (Sometimes you simply fall in love with your […]

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Sometimes Leaving Something Out Emphasizes It

I know I like to get fussy. I know I like to go into detail when I am sketching. I especially love sketching beards and hair. I remember in February when I was watching “Murdoch” and I made this sketch—I was struck by this actor’s incredible hair.   I can also remember how, as I sketched, […]

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A Short Video about My Favorite Brush Pens

I love using the Pentel brush pens with the squeezy bodies, and of course the Pentel Pocket Brush pen. You can read more about them and see them in some different packaging in this linked blog post. Today I’m posting short video I made for my Patreon—RozInterim subscribers. (The video appears at the base of […]

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Working with Ink Washes on Toned Paper

Over the last couple weeks the students in my on line class drawing practice class have been working with values—learning to see value shapes, to judge and compare one value to another.  Understanding values, the relative lightness and darkness from one area of a subject to another, and the ability to translate those values to […]

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