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How Do I Keep a Journal or a Sketchbook?

I get asked all the time “How do I keep a journal or a sketchbook?” I teach journaling classes in which students create in visual journals. I teach drawing classes that require students keep a sketchbook. Some people also ask me how journals and sketchbooks differ. The questions have so much “extra” weight. What those […]

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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The Property Brothers Make Change Seem Easy (with Hard Work)

I’m probably the only person on the planet who sees “Property Brothers” as a show about change, adaptation, and living in the present moment. (As I write this I’m also including “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling,” as I watched them all simultaneously; and I have since started watching the new, “Property Brothers: Forever Home.”) While […]

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Sewn-On-The-Spine Bookbinding Class Starts Saturday

Registration for my Sewn-on-the-Spine Bookbinding Class closes on tomorrow (Friday at 9 p.m.). Click here to go to the REGISTRATION PAGE. You can click on this link to watch a video about why I enjoy this structure so much. Class begins on Saturday, July 13. All lessons drop on Saturday so you’ll be able to work […]

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Print Always Means a Tight Edit…

Last week the Minneapolis Star Tribune posted a pop-up interview with me in their Currents section. It’s a way to pose a couple questions to people who are in someway connected with the outdoors—to find out what is catching their interest and focus now. I’m not sure why the editor asked me, except that we’d […]

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In Context: Page from My Green-lined Journal

After my first eye surgery I struggled to get used to the corrections in one eye and living with the fact that the right eye cataract couldn’t be corrected until the next surgery; so what output am I capable of? I also wasn’t able to exercise. So I watched a lot of television. I returned […]

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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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In Context: Handling the Page

Sometimes our brain just clicks on an automatic timer. That happened the other day when thoughts of my last Alaskan Malamute Dottie bubbled into my mind exactly on the day 16 years after she had died.  How you handle an image or text, or both, on a page or page spread is going to be […]

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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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