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Making A Paper Hinge To Adhere Loose Pieces Into Your Journal

  A couple weeks ago I posted a journal piece which used a paper hinge to add a loose, double-sided scrap of Stonehenge Kraft into my journal. I posted the image composited so you could see both sides at once, but this confused some readers. Today I’m posting a short video showing me actually creating […]

Here I wanted to capture the looseness of the hair so I elected to work with a very minimal graphite sketch (simply the position of the head and minimal positional lines for the features). Then I worked wet-in-wet with watercolor to get the looseness I wanted.

Hair—Something I Love To Sketch

One of the things that attracts my eye to a possible face to sketch is the hair of that person. I like it when people get inventive with their hairstyles. It’s a little bit of living vicariously for me, because as you might know I haven’t changed my hairstyle since I was in my twenties!  […]

"Scan" from my day planner which sits at my side on my computer desk. I used "Scannable" which is an app on my iPad. Years ago someone came over to use my art scanner and put a wire bound book down on it before I could stop him. It scratched the glass and led to all sorts of retouching work before I could get the glass replaced. I've been looking at options for "scanning" wire bound items. Scannable is OK for text documents but it doesn't have the ability to get crisp detail and it provides a scan, with image that can look a little burnt out. It's great though for text and if you have to send a document quickly—or if you want to protect your scanner. (I only scan wire bindings on my printer scanner and always cover the wire with tape and place it right to the edge of the glass.)

In Context—I’ll Sketch On Any Bit of Paper

I suppose you could call it a doodle, but I think of it as a sketch. It isn’t in my journal, it’s in my day planner, which sits beside me on the computer table. One of my students alerted me to a new Peregrine nest cam and I turned it on. I grabbed what was […]

My friend Terri Wentzka took this photo of me as I sketched a turkey at the Fair, using my portable "table." The entire table is attached to a monopod. The brush holder is in the top right corner of the table.

Making a Simple Brush Holder for Your Travel Brushes

This year at the Fair I wanted to use real brushes with water, not water brushes, when painting.  Since I stand when I sketch it meant I had to have a way to put all my supplies and journal on one work surface. Dick and I made up a prototype “travel table” using plastic corrugated […]

The pan holder base that is removeable from the box. Notice that there is more space from the edge of one of the holders to the edge of the base than on the left. By sawing off the edge on the left I increased the distance on the right, allowing me to friction fit additional pans in that channel when the base was positioned in the box. The pans were held between the edge of the metal strip and the box edge on the left (when the base was in place). Because of the rounded corners in the box this allowed 5 additional pans to fit. So three rows of seven half pans and one row of five half pans mean I could fit 26 half pans into this box.

Fitting More Pans in a Square Metal Palette from Schmincke

As the Minnesota State Fair approaches of course I’ve been testing pigments and making choices on what gear I’ll be taking to the Fair for sketching. Today I’m posting about adapting my favorite metal palette box to contain more pans of paint—because sometimes you need more pans. I’ve been a fan of the Schmincke metal […]

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Project Friday: A Bit More on Brush Pens

To wrap up Brush Pen week I was going to go on an on about the brush pen some more, but I realized that in 2015 I wrote a post that includes a video on brush pens from Jet Pens as well as a bunch of links to various brush pen posts in my blog. […]

12 x 16 inch quick sketch with the Pentel Brush Pen with pigmented ink (squeezy barrel) and watercolors.  This is on Nostalgie paper from Hahnemühle.

Thoughts on The Issues Involved in Using Brush Pens

If you’ve never used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen (PPBP) before getting it going might be a little confusing at first. You need to unscrew the top from the barrel and insert the Pentel ink cartridge. There is a little cylindrical opening at one end of the cartridge. That’s the top. You need to push […]

The initial Tombow Brush Pen Sketch. Tombow Brush Pens are water-soluble and the ink is fugitive, but with a little bit of wet media on top you can dissolve the lines and keep what you want.

Sketching with a Water-Soluble Pen and Watercolors

Sometimes I like my sketch lines to be a little less strident than a black brush pen or black ink pen. It’s also fun to sketch with water-soluble markers which can dissolve into the wet media washes you add later. In the sketch posted today I began with a quick Tombow brush pen sketch in […]

On a recent trip to the dentist I used my time in the waiting room to sketch a couple people. I was just warming up when I found myself alone, but then I was called too. I really like the top right sketch. I was able to get just the essential details to capture her face.

Waiting at the Dentist’s

I think it’s easy to always have a small pocket sketchbook with you so that you can make quick sketches of the people around you. When you’re somewhere it’s going to be impossible to get finished sketched (because either you or the model is going to leave quickly) find something you can focus on.  I […]

9 x 12 inch sheet of recycled watercolor paper with a quick ink sketch (dried out pen) from imagination. I was thinking about portrait composition with people and animals.

Being Present

I’ve been organizing my files and clearing up the studio so I can move on to new projects. I found this loose journal page in the TV room on a stack of books. I also read in that room early in the morning while Dick is upstairs reading his newspaper and having his coffee before […]

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