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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 5 Lifting Off Color

This is Part Five of a five-part series on executing simple backgrounds in your journal or other artwork. Part One of this series can be found at this link. I’m going to end this series with the simplest approach to background texture—color lift off. To do this you need a paper with sufficient surface sizing […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 4 Fold Outs

This is Part Four of a five-part series on simple approaches to backgrounds in the visual journal and paintings. See Part One here. Last December I was buried beneath the latest of the blog transfer issues. I didn’t get to post a number of images and posts I’d worked up. Today’s image falls well into discussion […]

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Simple Approaches for Backgrounds—A Five-Part Series: Part 1

I was organizing my images for blog posts and noticed that I had a lot of common themes, some not as obvious.  What do the images in today’s post and those referenced (linked) all have in common? Well all but one have backgrounds painted AFTER the sketch is made (and typically even after the sketch […]

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By Design: Sign Up Anytime

Above: A page spread from one of my visual journals. During my By Design Class I address not only the component parts of a page, but the rationale behind making design decisions to create impact and organize your text and illustrations.   Since the beginning of September 2016 my By Design: Creating the Intentional Page […]

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Family, Memory Loss, Design, and Fall Cycling

Above: Quick sketch of Phyllis sitting, Sensei Pen and Montana Acrylic Marker on Arches Text Wove (Velin) in a 7 x 5 inch handmade book. (Look over on the left and head and tail of the book so you can see the fun decorative paper I made with gold sparkles.) It has been a long […]

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The Evolution of a Page—It’s Not Always about Design

Above: The last page spread of sketches for Day One of the Eighth Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. I'm working in a 7.75 x 9.75 inch soft-covered Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal. I used a Sakura Pigma solid felt-tipped brush pen in fine for most of the page, but it was running out […]

My New Online Class: By Design—Why I Love It and Why I Think You’ll Love It Too

Above: Short video discussion of what the new “By Design: Creating the Intentional Page” contains. If it doesn’t show up here you can view it on YouTube. Note: All Roz Wound Up Classes now offer lifetime access. See the FAQ for details. Today I’m getting the word out about my latest online class—“By Design: Creating […]

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Project Friday: Working With Project Boundaries To Stretch Creatively

Left: A page from my 2015 fake journal. I had hoped that every page would be filled with a gouache painting like this one. But that wasn't quite what happened. Read today's post to see what did happen, and why that was the best possible outcome. (Gouache on Stonehenge gray.)   Sometimes having too many […]

Part 2 Video of Free Webinar on International Fake Journal Month Up Now

Wednesday, April 1, I kicked off International Fake Journal Month 2015 by talking again with Diane Gibbs at Design Recharge. (We talked in February, see below.) Diane is a delight to talk with and excited about process and interested in this project. You can see the talk in the above embedded video (If the embedded […]

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International Fake Journal Month Begins On Wednesday—and There’s Another Webinar

Left: Quick sketch of Alan Cumming (host on Masterpiece Mystery). 11.5 x 16.25 inch Fabriano Recycled Drawing. Pentel fine-tipped ColorBrush with pigment black ink. Broad, light washes of gouache made with a triple- and quadruple-loaded 3 inch brush (1-inch flat used for background). The image doesn't have anything to do with IFJM—I was just up […]

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