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Going Through Withdrawal from International Fake Journal Month

Left: Small Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Schmincke Gouache painting on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board. (4-3/16 x 6-5/8 inches for live area.) Two days into May and I found that I really couldn’t give up the Arches Cold Press watercolor board, yet. I took a scrap of it and taped the sides leaving only […]

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I Married a Cartoon Character

Left: Pentel Brush Pen sketch with Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches Cold Press Watercolor board (16 x 10 inches). Painted with a 2 inch wide brush. I got so carried away working on Arches cold press watercolor board every day in April for my 2016 Fake Journal that I worked on it for real as […]

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Project Friday on a Monday—Working in a Series: Meet the Finches

Above: Two entries from my current, ongoing Finch Series. Montana Acrylic Marker for background and underpainting, with Pentel pigment brush pen sketches and gouache all in a Japanese Lined Journal. You'll be able to read all about Nigel and Pete if you do. I love working in a series because it gives me an opportunity […]

I’m Posting My 2016 Fake Journal on the Official International Fake Journal Blog

If you would like to see the project I've been working on during my free time in April you can go to my other blog and see the first entry for my 2016 fake journal here. This year's theme is "Shift in Place" and I'm doing very little shifting and I did very little preparation—It's […]

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April Is Almost Here…

Above: I'm not the only one attracted to the odor of the sizing in Arches watercolor paper. Des had to come over and check out the stack of cut watercolor boards Monday afternoon. He is very curious. I didn't have the heart to tell him they were for a project he's not involved in. Background It’s […]

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Shift in Place: It’s Almost Time for International Fake Journal Month 2016

Today on The Official International Fake Journal Blog I've just posted about the 2016 theme: Shift in Place You can read about this year's theme at that link. April is going to be a fun month. Remember: Life's so short, why live only one?

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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 […]

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The Importance of Regular Self Evaluations in Our Creative Lives

Above: One of my goals this year has been to draw as many interesting noses, ears, and beards as I can. Even on days when I can't get out and draw people from life, I might stay up late and get some practice in, sketching from TV or from old photographs I've collected. (Sketch in […]

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Project Friday: No Black Paint

Above: 6 x 6 inch page in a wirebound journal. Stonehenge gray paper. Rubberstamp ink (background) with gouache painting of a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. This is a page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I began with a very light pencil outline. It might even have been orange pencil. I mixed blacks using Dark Indigo […]

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Using Rubber Stamp Inks in Visual Journals

Left: Page from my 2015 Fake Journal. I used a 6 x 6 inch square, wire-bound journal with grey Stonehenge paper. All the pages were masked and labeled with the date and related title in the same way. This image was a response to "Focus on Text." There is some heat embossing in this image […]

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